Disinfo: The EU spreads fake news about Russia among its own…


The EU spreads fake news about Russia among its own population and intends to spread it also among Russian speakers. One example of that is “Russian annexation” of Crimea, or unproven “Russian invasion of Ukraine”.


The EU does not spread "fake news" about Russia. // UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. bit.ly/1RZGnjo, .

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 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

President Putin himself admitted to the presence of Russian “people there, who deal with certain matters, including in the military area” [aka soldiers] in December 2015 bit.ly/1kC94ch, and again in October 2016 bit.ly/2enbpt2, .


  • Reported in: Issue61
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Crimea, Ethnic Russians


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The growth in Estonia’s GDP per capita since its accession…

The growth in Estonia’s GDP per capita since its accession to the EU is due to the decrease in population. In recent years, Estonia’s population decreased nearly by 800 thousand people.


The increase of Estonia’s GDP per capita since becoming the member of the EU is due to the significant development of its economy. In addition, according to Statistics Estonia, the country’s population decreased only by 44,700, not 800,000. As the total population of Estonia is around 1,3 million, a decrease of 800,000 would leave very few people in the country. Last year, the population increased bit.ly/2nQ56Df, .

Ukraine is a separatist part of historical Russia, thus Moscow…

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