Disinfo: The UN called the Ukrainian army occupants and announced that they do not want to invest money in the "Ukraine government's open mouths"

Summary

The UN called the Ukrainian army occupants and announced that they do not want to invest money in the “Ukraine government’s open mouths”.

Disproof

In fact Pablo Mateu, UNHCR Representative in Ukraine, called for the necessary investment and solution of the long-term challenges. He doesn't say a word about the "open mouths" of the Ukrainian government. He also states that "we have families in Eastern Ukraine whose houses have been occupied by the Ukrainian army, for reasons that we know" and these people should get compensation for their property. The English word "occupy" meaning in this context that the Ukrainian army has reserved the right to use these houses. Further debunking by the Stopfake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 90
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Occupation, Abandoned Ukraine, UNHCR, Economic difficulties, UN
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Moldovan President - the only President not invited to the EaP Summit

Igor Dodon became the only one of the six Presidents of the EaP member countries who had not been invited to the Brussels Summit. Moldova was represented at the forum by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko refused to go to Brussels and sent his minister of foreign affairs to the Eastern Partnership Summit. The other 4 delegations were led by the Presidents of the EaP countries concerned.

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The invitations to the Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November in Brussels were sent to the Heads of State or Government of all six partner countries and of European Union Member States, signed by President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Estonia (holding the presidency of the Council of the EU over the second half of 2017) Jüri Ratas. The choice of addressee was based on the constitutional responsibilities in the countries concerned. In Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, foreign policy largely pertains to the responsibilities of Prime Ministers, while in the other four partner countries it largely rests with the Presidents.

Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen, says that Islam needs to be destroyed

The Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen held a speech in Oslo back in february 2016 stating that he believed that «Islam needs to be destroyed».

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Recurring disinformation. Odin Johannessen has not said anything of the sort. The full speech can be found here www.oslomilsamfund.no/foredrag-haeren-mot-en-usikker-fremtid/, . Further debunking at aldrimer.no www.aldrimer.no/hoyreekstreme-sprer-falske-nyheter-om-haersjefen/, . The webiste, weagree.com, are regularly spreading pro-Kremlin disinformation, they mention the infamous "Lisa-case" as late as November 2017 - almost two years after it was proven fake. www.weagreeinfo.com/2017/11/22/watch-russians/,

Ukraine among countries with highest level of organized crime

Ukraine is officially on the list of countries with the highest level of organized crime.

Disproof

At the centre of this claim is the 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, rating 137 economies based on 114 different criteria. Organized crime is but one of the markers estimating the level of loss that business and legitimate economic activity bear as a result of mafia activities, racketeering and extortion. Of the 137 countries analyzed by the World Economic Forum for the latest Global Competitiveness Index, Ukraine’s economy is in 81st place, moving up from 85th place from last year. A country’s standing in the index is based on its performance in twelve sectors, followed by numerous subcategories which gauge the ease or difficulty of doing business. In Ukraine the most problematic categories are inflation, corruption, political instability, tax rates and tax regulations. The organized crime subcategory in the Global Competitiveness Index assesses to what extent senior executives operating in a country feel organized crime impedes the conducting of business. A large number of respondents indeed felt that organized crime was an adverse factor. This subcategory does not assess the level of crime in the country as a whole and only a small number of those questioned thought that crime was one of the biggest problems in doing business in Ukraine. Headlines of the disinformation outlets stated that Ukraine is the cradle of criminality, Worse than Uganda, Ukraine is a world crime leader, Mafia controls business in Ukraine, and that Organized crime spreads its wings in Ukraine. None of these claims are confirmed by the Global Competitiveness Report. Further debunking by StopFake.