Disinfo: The EU could end the war in Ukraine with one telephone call

Summary

The EU is in a position to end the war in the Donbas with just one telephone call to Kyiv, to encourage the Ukrainian rulers to engage in dialogue.

The tactic that has been adopted by the EU on the Ukrainian issue is as follows: it is more convenient to impose sanctions against Russia than to end the war in Donbas with a call to Kyiv; encouraging Ukrainian leaders to engage in dialogue with the other side of the conflict.

The EU addresses Russia out of convenience, and not because Russia is the cause of the problem.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the war in Ukraine.

It was not the European Union, but Russia, which provoked military conflict in Ukraine, so the EU cannot end the conflict without Russia's involvement.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions to Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the Agreements.

Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia is sending mercenaries to Donbas. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation", and continues to condemn clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces. Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

The European Union continues to support independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as the reform process within the country.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Russia is not a part of the domestic conflict in Ukraine

Russia is not a part of the domestic conflict in Ukraine. Russia repeatedly pointed out that it was neither one of the sides of the domestic conflict in Ukraine nor a subject of the Minsk agreements on conflict resolution in the Donbas. For Moscow, the Crimean question is off the table forever.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the war in Ukraine.

The EU condemns the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong pushed by foreigners

People of foreign nationality, especially Americans, tried to push the young people of Hong Kong to protest. The Chinese police identified one such person; their photo was published by the Hong Kong press. His name is Brian Patrick Kane. He’s an American. He shouted, “Do not step back”, he tried to teach young Chinese people to humiliate and attack the police.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring conspiracy narrative on the absence of any naturally grown protests in different countries.

No evidence given how the presence of one American can be relevant in multi-million crowd. As South China Morning Post reports, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest against a controversial extradition amendment that would allow for the transfer of suspects to face trial on the Chinese mainland. Although the protests have prompted the Hong Kong government to suspend the bill, protesters continue to demand its complete withdrawal.

MH17 was a carefully planned operation against Russia

The downing of MH17 flight was not an accident, it was a carefully considered and prepared multi-faceted domestic operation. Russia was deemed guilty by default.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility. See here an info-graphic summarizing evolution of disinformation narratives.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system.  The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched.  After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation.  On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.