Disinfo: Tales of 250,000 trapped Aleppo civilians are just a Russophobia...

Summary

Tales of 250,000 trapped Aleppo civilians are just a Russophobia chatter.

Disproof

According to the UN, the number 250,0000 was the accurate number for September. The article above does not say who is claiming that number, but the UN and other international organisations agree that many thousands civilians remain unprotected in Aleppo and about 700 000 people remain in 15 besieged areas beyond east Aleppo . The assessment of the number of people trapped in Aleppo has nothing to do with how anyone feels about Russia or Russians. It is worth noting that the Russian MFA's use of the word Russophobia soared massively since 2014 when the international community criticised Russia for their illegal actions in Ukraine, whereas it was barely used before that.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: Aleppo, Russophobia, Syrian War
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Mainstream media is lying about Syria

Mainstream media is lying about Syria, there are no international organisations on the ground in Aleppo, the White Helmets are not saving lives in Aleppo.

Disproof

The video of alledgedly "independent" journalist has gone viral and is claimed by various conspiracy sites to show how mainstream media is lying to the world about Syria. Eva Bartlett, the woman in the video, writes for various conspiracy sites including SOTT.net, The Duran, MintPress and Globalresearch.ca and she appears regularly on Russia Today. Bartlett was recently a guest of the Assad regime, attended a regime sponsored PR conference and went on a tour of regime-controlled areas bit.ly/2hC7IyB, . In the video, Bartlett was speaking at a pro-Syrian government event on 9 December 2016 at the United Nations, where she was billed as an "independent Canadian journalist." bit.ly/2gHPLN1, .

The Netherlands do not want to support Ukraine

The Hague does not want to support Ukraine with EU financial and military assistance.

Disproof

The text of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU includes a separate section VI, entitled "Financial cooperation and provisions on the fight against fraud." Article 453 of the section says that "Ukraine receives financial assistance through the appropriate mechanisms and EU funding instruments. This financial assistance will help to achieve the objectives of this Agreement and will be provided in accordance with the following Articles of this Agreement." The EU leaders have accepted the Dutch demands and adopted an annex that e.g. says that Ukraine is not granted an EU membership. More details from StopFake.

Ukraine is paying too much for European gas

Ukraine is paying too much for European gas. It could be buying cheaper gas from Russia.

Disproof

The Chief Commercial Officer of Naftogaz Ukraine Yuri Vitrenko said that the price of European and Russian gas is very similar after recent discounts by Gazprom. "European gas prices constantly fluctuate, in August and September there was significant supply with the price below that of Gazprom." More details from StopFake.