Disinfo: The West is destabilizing Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT

Summary

The West is destabilizing Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe and the West and attempts to corrupt EU neighbouring countries. See for example: The West is degrading; Europe and NATO force Georgians to become LGBT; The West exports perversity.

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  • Reported in: Issue 133
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus
  • Keywords: West, LGBT, Nazi/Fascist
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Italian Journalist Missing in Eastern Ukraine

The General Prosecutor’s Office of the self proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” reported 11 January that the Italian journalist Roberto Travan, at the moment filming in Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine, was missing. Mr Travan had been accompanied by Ukrainian security officials, and had allegedly complained about not being able to work without limitations. According to the sources, Mr Travan had not been heard from since 23 December.

Disproof

Roberto Travan returned safely to Italy, and at the moment is publishing his photos from Donbass on social networks. Italian newspaper "La Stampa" published his photo report from Eastern Ukraine at 14 of January. Futher debunking by StopFake.org.

Ukraine Might Explode Pipelines to Stop Gas Transit

Once the Nord Stream 2 is completed, Ukraine might be tempted to explode gas pipelines to stop the transit.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine, and Nord Stream 2 related issues. Every year Ukraine earns 3 bln USD on gas transit, according to CEO of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev. In addition, Ukraine invests in the modernisation of the the GTS. In 2018 - 2027, Ukraine plans to invest additional 60 bln UAH (almost 2 bln EUR). Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin recently informed that Ukraine is interested in signing a new transit agreement, but only if it would be concluded in accordance with the European gas market rules.

An OSCE staff member was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military

Staff member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, who died in April 2017, was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military.

Disproof

No evidence given for the Ukrainian military planting the mine.

On April 23, 2017, an OSCE patrol, being a part of the monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, drove on a mine. The mine killed one mission member.