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Ukrainian army killing the people in Donbas

Summary of Disinformation

Ukraine behaves in the Donbas in the same way that Nazi Germany behaved in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union. In the conditions when the Ukrainian army obeys Turchinov’s order to kill the citizens of Donbas who protested peacefully, the main principle is the right to national liberation. The Ukrainian army is an army of looters, punishers, and killers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray events in Donbas as a civil war, with the aim of obscuring ongoing acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

This message also contains other common pro-Kremlin narratives about Fascist / Nazi Ukraine.

The war in Eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that has been ongoing since February 2014.

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".  At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded that Russia stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and from the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities: refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine, halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

The right to rebellion against tyranny can be inferred in the third paragraph of the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: "Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by rule of law." After the Euromaidan, the new President was elected in free and fair elections. According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box."

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Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 09.08.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: DNR, Eastern Ukraine, Civil war, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vremya Pokazhet @Channel One TV time 36:40 – 37:35
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