Disinfo: The EU is a warring party in the war in Ukraine

Summary

The misguided Western policy of eastern expansionism ended in 2013 in Ukraine with a disaster. Russia and the EU suddenly found themselves facing each other as warring parties in Ukraine.

Disproof

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

In fact, it was Russia that instigated the military conflict in Ukraine, not the European Union or the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated 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". This 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. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".  Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's role in the war in the east of the country. In January 2017, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Kyiv filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with the aim of bringing Russia to account for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination, which are the result of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit contains all the facts of Russian aggression against Ukraine, evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimea, and the occupation of Donbas.

According to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present.

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  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership, EU/NATO enlargement, European Union, War in Ukraine
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During the Polish-Soviet War, the Poles were driven by Russophobia and anti-Semitism

As soon as Poland gained independence, its dreams about the regain of the Eastern territories of Rzeczpospolita had immediately revived. The main arguments in this propaganda were the Polish nationalism, Russophobia and anti-Semitism.

Present-day Poland loves to remember its credits for the fight with “Bolshevism”. In reality, the Poles in the Polish-Soviet War were driven by other things – the most important was to take the lands from the Russians, regardless of their banners.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland of “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpretation of historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

It is a clear historical manipulation to describe the actions of the Poles during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920 as a “desire to take lands from the Russians” – in this war, the Poles defended the independence of their state from the Bolshevik invasion.

Coronavirus can be cured with saline in 4 days

A new method is proposed for the prevention of coronavirus infection; the virus can be killed in 4 days. In the first few days, even before the infection takes root in your respiratory system, you can fight the disease using saline.

Disproof

There is no evidence to support this statement. At the moment, there is no cure against this strain of coronavirus. 

The World Health Organisation emphasises that "there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus ... regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections."

The West is attacking Russia on coronavirus

The Western world is once more attacking Russia by taking advantage of the new coronavirus. […] The EU is attempting to shift the blame to Russia and China in order to cover its own inefficiencies in combating the coronavirus outbreak. The EU and the European governments have been in a state of paralysis as far as it concerns the way they tackled the virus so far and they prefer to shift the blame to other countries, such as Russia and China.

Disproof

This is an unfounded narrative promoted by the Kremlin to highlight that the EU has been incapable in making common decisions and reaching common solutions to the coronavirus outbreak. This news article is ignoring certain initiatives by EU institutions such as the decisions made by the Eurogroup on a common economic policy response and the European Commission on closing temporarily the EU borders for 30 days to protect health but also the announcement made by the European Central Bank (ECB) to launch a 750 billion euros Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) to help the public and the private sector. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.