Disinfo: The EU did not provide financial support to aid migrants at Belarus border as promised


No financial payment has been received from the European Union to help refugees in Belarus.

The final result of the European Commission, apart from statements of intent, is nothing.


A recurring disinformation narrative about the migration situation on the EU-Belarus border while trying to stow away the measures taken by the EU to ease the humanitarian crisis.

Responding immediately to an appeal, the European Commission has announced on 17 November 2021 that it has allocated 700,000 euros worth of food, blankets and other aid to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), noting that the EU deals with the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund which is managed by the IFRC.

The European Commission also emphasised that it stands ready to provide additional humanitarian funding in response to clearly established humanitarian needs, should the access for humanitarian partner organisations in Belarus further improve. On the other side, the Belarusian Red Cross Society (part of the IFRC) continues to assist migrants at the logistics centres.

See other disinformation cases concerning the ongoing crisis on the Belarusian border which alleges that Lithuanian border guards use violence against migrants, including abandoning pregnant women, and that the West plans to push thousands of illegal migrants to Belarus using force; or that the EU organised the migrant crisis.

See our articles on the Belarus migrants situation here and here.


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  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus, EU
  • Keywords: Migration crisis, migration, Refugees, European Commission
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Disinfo: In Ukraine, in 2014 there was a coup d'état

In Ukraine, in 2014 there was a coup d'état.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests in Kyiv as a coup d'état.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Disinfo: Almost half of Lithuanians who died from COVID-19 were fully vaccinated

In Lithuania, more than 40 per cent of people who died from COVID-19 was fully vaccinated.


Disinformation about COVID-19 coronavirus and vaccination.

This message is misleading and aims to undermine trust in vaccine efficacy. The official statistic (as of the end of October 2021) shows that in Lithuania 80 per cent of those who died from coronavirus COVID-19 was not vaccinated at all. It means, that in Lithuania only 20 per cent of people who died from COVID-19 was fully vaccinated or got at least one shot of the vaccine. At the same time is should be remembered that vaccinated people, especially old persons with more fragile health or lower immune protection are at higher risk.

Disinfo: Ukraine escalates situation in Donbas, adopts discriminatory policy against Russian-speaking population

Continued provocations of the Ukrainian side aim at escalating the situation on the line of contact, and there is a need to end Kyiv's discriminatory policy against the Russian-speaking population. This policy violates Ukraine's international obligations.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that Ukraine is responsible for the escalation in Donbas. The claim has been neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

Kyiv has repeatedly stated that it is not interested in escalation and that it prefers a peaceful solution. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated earlier this year that the Minsk agreements are the only option to end the war in Donbas.