Disinfo: The Eastern Partnership Programme provoked the war in Donbas

Summary

The Eastern Partnership programme is the reason why the military conflict in Donbas has lasted for five years.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing the West, and in this case the EU, of encircling Russia and initiating a war in Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership programme is not directed against any country, including Russia.  It is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Furthermore, there is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court recognised that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation".  The international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Eastern Partnership, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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The Eastern Partnership Programme is a concealed form of colonisation

Member States [of the Eastern Partnership Programme] had to adopt European standards, to subordinate to the European foreign policy in order to break up the political and economic interconnection of the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] countries.  The programme did not assume equal relations between Ukraine, Moldova and the EU, but was rather a veiled form of colonisation.[…]

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western aggression and the Eastern Partnership Programme

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Read more about the Eastern Partnership and its priorities here.

Ukraine’s claims for rights to the Kerch Strait are completely inappropriate

Claims presented by Ukraine to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea concerning the country’s rights to the Kerch strait are completely inappropriate. Questions of sovereignty over the Crimea as an integral part of the Russian Federation and the adjacent maritime zone, in principle, can not be the subject of any legal proceedings.

Disproof

The disinformation message is a response to the hearing on May 10 at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea of Ukraine’s case concerning last year’s detention by the Russian Federation of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews. Russia declined to participate in the hearings claiming that the International Tribunal does not have the jurisdiction to hear this case.

According to international law, Ukraine has a right to use the Black and Azov Seas. The illegal annexation of Crimea does not deprive Ukraine of the right to navigate in its internal waters.

Petro Poroshenko deliberately created complications for the Zelenskyi administration through a new law on the Ukrainian language

At the end of his term, the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, managed to harm the new president of the country, Volodymyr Zelenskyi.  In order to complicate the Zelenskyi administration’s work and provoke social tensions in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, before the inauguration of Zelenskyi, specially signed a new law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language”.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the language law in Ukraine. See previous cases here.

The Verkhovna Rada passed the law "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language", on April 29, 2019. The law establishes mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in most areas of public and communal life, including the mass media.