Disinfo: The West is Nazi because it supports Nazism in Ukraine

Summary

The West has lost all morals and is supporting Nazism in Ukraine, which means it is Nazi as well.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets discrediting the West and serving as justification for Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.

The myth of a Nazi Europe has been widely used by pro-Kremlin outlets since Russia attacked Ukraine and illegally annexed its peninsula of Crimea in 2014. The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine appeared during the Revolution of Dignity (aka Euromaidan) protests in late 2013 - early 2014, when the then-president Viktor Yanukovych was toppled and later fled to Russia. The Kremlin has been using this myth since then to discredit Kyiv’s shift toward Euro-Atlantic policy. The far-right groups had a limited presence during the Euromaidan protests. Nazi and Communist ideologies were banned by Ukrainian law in 2015. During the 2019 presidential election, the highest-rated nationalist candidate, Ruslan Koshulynskyy, won 1.62% of the vote. A united front of all radical right-wing parties in the 2019 parliamentary elections winning only 2.15% of the vote falling far short of the 5% minimum threshold for entry into parliament.

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  • Reported in: Issue 306
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2022
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist, Anti-Russian, Invasion of Ukraine

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Ukraine and the West are preparing a nuclear provocation

Kyiv and the West are preparing a nuclear provocation - it's just completely obvious. We see an ever-increasing frequency of shelling, moreover, more and more targeted fire, which is carried out both at a nuclear power plant and a thermal power plant, and at the city of Energodar itself. We see indiscriminate shelling from American and British produced heavy artillery.

Disproof

New satellite images from Maxar Technologies of the Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant show no signs of "systemic shelling," despite claims by Russian president Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian military was conducting repeated military strikes at the plant, CNN reports.

"In the last three weeks Russian troops have been using locations very very close if not inside, very much next to the nuclear power station, to shell across the river, using rockets...<> Houses were destroyed in a number of areas area of Russian shells. Russians complain that Ukrainians are hitting back but the satellite imagery indicates very very clearly that there has been no significant increase in the damage to Russia held location around the nuclear station for months", - indicates the channel showing the satellite imagery.

Russia strictly observes humanitarian law and only hits military targets

Slowing down the pace of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine is a deliberate decision and is due to the desire to reduce the number of civilian casualties.

During the special operation, we (Russian Armed Forces) strictly observe the rules of humanitarian law. We hit the military infrastructures, positions, control points, military airfields of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with high-precision weapons.

Everything is being done to avoid casualties among the civilian population.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

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The President of Ukraine is controlled by the US, Germany and France

Despite all the public statements about the right of Kyiv to self-determination, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron decide what Zelenskyy should do.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood and sovereignty. The statement was made in the context of the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, trying once again to denigrate Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a non-sovereign puppet of the West.

The claim that decisions on Ukraine are made by France or Germany is unsubstantiated. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the democratically elected leader of Ukraine.

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