Disinfo: The real power in Ukraine is the US embassy

Summary

The real power in Ukraine is the US embassy. “If they (the US) need to push something, they summon the Ukrainian minister, give him instructions, then make a joint communiqué, then take a photo.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine not backed up with evidence, which is often claimed to be under external control from the US.

The US does not control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, confirmed by resolutions of the United Nations.

The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. Since then, Washington has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the democratic development of the country and helping Ukraine to withstand Russian aggression. US policy has since been centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

See other disinformation cases alleging that the US has taken Ukraine under external control; neo-Bandera's Ukraine is under the US and NATO control; US Embassy controls decisions taken in Ukraine; US and IMF define and control political appointments in Ukraine, Ukraine is a colony that does not have its own opinion on the international arena, The West deprived Ukraine and Baltic states of their sovereignty, Ukraine has become a neocolony of the West.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Ukrainian statehood
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Netherlands court manipulated the facts in the MH17 crash hearings

Independent Dutch experts have called the investigation into the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash a monumental failure in the history of the Netherlands. Specialists resent the fact that the investigation relies on data provided by the well-known speculative organisation Bellingcat. They are trying to manipulate the facts in the interests of their sponsors.

Dutch experts also point to a large number of facts indicating that Ukrainian fighters were in the area of ​​the plane crash. According to experts, they could have provoked a crash of a civilian airliner.

Disproof

This recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation consists of several narratives about the allegedly unfair investigation into the MH17 crash, the alleged guilt of the Ukrainian army as well as an attempt to discredit the investigative team Bellingcat.

Bellingcat has been the target of a smear campaign by pro-Kremlin media on previous occasions. They have conducted a journalistic investigation into the downing of MH17 and consistently published about the topic, including an investigation of the chain of command that led to the tragedy.

By not providing water to Crimea, Ukraine shows inhuman behaviour and its hatred towards Crimea

In this way, it is hoped that those Crimean sanction mechanisms that have sealed off the peninsula and its population from the outside world for more than six years could also stop this [desalination] project [in Crimea]. Numerous politicians in Russia have already condemned this position as a sign of inhumane behaviour – not for the first time in the six years. These statements show hatred against the Crimean population […] . The situation is unprecedented by international standards.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

The North Crimean Canal is the only structure through which the Crimea received water from the Dnipro River. After Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula, the Ukrainian leadership stated that the main condition for the renewal of the agreements on the water supply to the Crimea is re-institution of legitimate authorities on the peninsula, which after the annexation of the Crimea are absent. Ukraine decided to close the locks of the North Crimean Canal and stated that it would resume water supply to the peninsula only after the complete de-occupation of Crimea. Under international law, Russia has the duty to provide supplies in those territories.

Ukraine will buy gas directly from Russia again

A cold winter will force Ukraine to buy gas directly from Russia again.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the gas supply negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the Acting Minister of Energy Olha Buslavets, Ukraine entered the 2020 heating season with record fuel reserves. Coal reserves in warehouses are about 3 million tonnes. This is three times more than the previous year (2019). The gas reserves in the PCG are 26 billion cubic metres.