The US is pressing Ukraine to launch a war against Russia

Summary

The West, primarily the US, is raising pressure on Ukraine demanding to launch a war against Russia. Ukraine is now being pushed to a war in Donbas, a war with Russia. Through Donbas and then – wherever it will be possible.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation about Ukraine's aggression towards Russia, when in fact it is Russia that supports the separatists in Donbas and East of Ukraine, inside the sovereign state of Ukraine, and has illegally annexed Crimea.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

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  • Reported in: Issue 91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West
  • Outlet: Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 48:45
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The anti-Russian sanctions of the US have not had any effect

The sanctions do not work.

Disproof

There are various estimates of losses because of sanctions imposed on Russia: both what the countries that imposed sanctions have lost and what Russia itself has lost. In April 2017, for example, while being in Moscow, Idriss Jazairy, the first OHCHR Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, announced that Russia had lost US $ 52-55 billion or about 1% of GDP because of the sanctions imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea. At the end of 2014, Anton Siluanov, Russia's finance minister, reported that Russia was losing US $ 40 billion a year because of the sanctions or 2% of its GDP. In January 2016, Alexei Likhachev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, estimated losses as € 25 billion for 2015. Other Russian experts estimated Russia's GDP losses for 2014-2017 as 6% of GDP (see Russian sources in Russian: https://www.rbc.ru/economics/28/04/2017/590332b69a7947ae385244b0  ).

The EU rejects the principle of territorial integrity

[An example why the EU does not respect] territorial integrity: The unification of Germany. [Another example why the EU does not respect] territorial integrity: Europe recognized the collapse of the Soviet Union. That is, talking about territorial integrity, as it was understood in Helsinki, is out of the question. Europe destroyed Yugoslavia.

Disproof

The principle of territorial integrity has always been one of the cornerstones of the EU's foreign policy. As for Germany, its unification was recognized not only by Europe, but also by Moscow. Read more: www.britannica.com/place/Germany/The-reunification-of-Germany , Europe didn’t attempt to disintegrate the USSR – that occurred as a result of independent and actions of the leaders of the peoples inhabited this country. Read more: www.britannica.com/place/Russia/The-Gorbachev-era-perestroika-and-glasnost,

Europe did not wage a war in Yugoslavia. The former Yugoslavia was a Socialist state created after German occupation in World War II and a bitter civil war. A federation of six republics, it brought together Serbs, Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Albanians, Slovenes and others under a comparatively relaxed communist regime. Tensions between these groups were successfully suppressed under the leadership of President Tito. After Tito's death in 1980, tensions re-emerged. Calls for more autonomy within Yugoslavia by nationalist groups led in 1991 to declarations of independence in Croatia and Slovenia. Read more about the devastating wars that followed and accompanied and facilitated the breakup of the Yugoslav state. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17632399

Poverty in the US is comparable to poverty in Russia

The percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in Russia, and the percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in America, are comparable.

  

Disproof

Being poor in America is not the same as being poor in Russia.

In the US, the official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent. In 2016, some annual poverty thresholds were: