The Ministry of Defense of Serbia recognized Maidan as a coup d’état

Summary

The Serbian Defense Ministry and therefore the country itself consider Euromaidan a coup d’état. Serbian Minister of Defense compared recent protests in Serbia with the AutoMaidan movement in Ukraine.

Disproof

While Minister Alexander Vulin did compare the protests in an interview on National television RTS, he never called the Ukrainian protests a coup d’état. Further debunking by Stopfake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 112
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Serbia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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Ukrainian parliamentary speaker is a neo-Nazi

Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy visit to France outraged the country’s parliamentarians, since he is a neo-Nazi.

Disproof

It is a common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative to call Ukranians nazis. In his youth Andriy Parubiy was a member of the Svoboda Party, a conservative, nationalist, right oriented party. He left Svoboda more than 14 years ago, on the eve of the 2004 Orange revolution. In 2007 he was elected to parliament from the liberal pro-European Nasha Ukraina block of former president Viktor Yushchenko. More information about the Svoboda party here.

Five years later he was reelected to parliament on the Batkivshchyna party ticket led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. During the Maidan protests Parubiy was the commander of the tent city on Kyiv’s Independence Square. After the Russian annexation of Crimea and the onset of the war in eastern Ukraine, Parubiy headed Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. In 2016 he was elected Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament. Further debunking by Stopfake.

Hungary To Shoot down Ukrainian Airplane

Hungary sent fighter jets in pursuit of a Ukrainian aircraft that had violated the country’s airspace.Hungary’s Air Force Gripen fighter jets were ready to attack the unknown plane that had flown in from Ukraine.

Disproof

According to Hungarian internet newspaper Index, shortly before midnight on June 10 a small aircraft entered Hungarian airspace from Ukraine without establishing contact with Hungarian air traffic control. This alarmed Hungarian Defense Forces which began monitoring the aircraft’s movements. After several aerial maneuvers, the plane left Hungarian air space. Together with the local regional police force, Hungarian air defense authorities tracked the plane’s movements, Index writes. There was no mention of fighter jets tracking the plane, pursuing it and preparing to shoot it down. According to Stopfake, Ukraine’s Border Service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan stated that Hungary did not send Gripen fighter jets in pursuit of the unknown craft, they were however put on alert. Both countries are jointly investigating the incident and Ukrainian authorities are searching for the aircraft. Slobodyan said he suspect it was a smuggling craft carrying contraband goods and as the aircraft was quite small, it is unclear if it was an actual airplane or a hang glider.

Nobody has brought a single argument proving that Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film-maker convicted to 20 years in jail by Russia and who is on a hunger strike now, is not guilty

You can say as much as you like that Sentsov, is not a terrorist, but no one who says that this man is a political prisoner brought any argument – an argument that could be sewn to the case, that he was not to blame. Not a single argument.

     

Disproof

Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, native of Crimea, best known for his 2011 film Gamer. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea he was arrested in Crimea and convicted to 20 years in jail by Russian court on charges of plotting terrorism acts. The conviction was widely described as unfair and politically-motivated. On 14 May 2018, Mr Sentsov went on an open-ended hunger strike protesting the incarceration of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and demanding their release. Three years ago, the Russian Human Rights Center Memorial declared Oleg Sentsov a political prisoner  [see in Russian: https://memohrc.org/ru/news/memorial-schitaet-olega-sencova-i-aleksandra-kolchenko-politzaklyuchennymi ] [see in English: https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/oleg-sentsov-and-russias-human-rights-violations-against-ukrainian?sort_by=field_date_value&page=10 ;   http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1527519105&w=ukrainian+political+prisoners ].

Amnesty International has called for Sentsov's immediate release and writes: "He was convicted in a military court in the Russian Federation, following a grossly unfair trial, on politically-motivated charges and his conviction was based on “confessions” obtained under torture." www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR4685282018ENGLISH.pdf,