Disinfo: The speech of the "DPR" and "LPR" at UN meeting is recognition at the international level

Summary

The speech of representatives of the DPR and LPR at the UN Security Council meeting on the Arria-Formula speaks of the strengthening of the status of the Republics of Donbas in the international arena.

Disproof

Part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the international recognition of the "DPR" and "LPR"

The Arria-Formula Meeting of the UN Security Council, which was attended by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk Republics of Donbas, is an informal format used to meet, for example, representatives of NGOs, representatives of non-state actors or heads of international organisations. As these examples indicates, this does not mean that the "DPR" and "LPR" are internationally recognised.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that the meeting was ignored by the United States, The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Estonia, and Belgium, in other words “All, except Russia and the OSCE member states which are today in the Security Council”.

See a similar case claiming that Trump administration has registered an appeal for the recognition of the DPR and LPR.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, DNR, LNR
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Wuhan, where the first case of COVID-19 infection was allegedly detected exactly a year ago, is also the proud owner of an American biolaboratory on its territory. In China, strict quarantine measures were taken, so COVID-19 could not spread so rapidly around the world. But given the fact that these viruses were produced in Kharkov, one can explain the lightning-fast spread of the disease in Spain and Italy – countries where there are traditionally many Ukrainian migrant workers.

Disproof

This article is a mixture of disinfo claims about coronavirus and "secret" US laboratories in Georgia and Ukraine.

It starts by claiming that secret data about Ukrainian biological laboratories appeared on the official website of US embassy in Ukraine. Actually this data is not and was not secret. In April 2020, the official website of US embassy in Ukraine published its response regarding disinformation on the strong U.S.-Ukrainian partnership to reduce biological threats (available in English and Ukrainian).

Disinfo: NATO uses Ukraine as a bridgehead for intelligence against Russia

NATO uses Ukraine as a bridgehead for intelligence against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and aggressive West, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

No evidence given of NATO using Ukraine for intelligence against Russia. Relations between NATO and Ukraine date back to the early 1990s and have since developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships. Since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation has been intensified in critical areas.

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Moscow says it cannot investigate the Navalny accident in the absence of data from Germany.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative surrounding the poisoning of a prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

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