There has never been Russian forces in Ukraine, Russia is not a party in the conflict in Ukraine, it is a civil war

Summary

There are no and never has been Russian armed forces in southern and eastern Ukraine. (35:40)

Russia is not a party in the conflict in Ukraine, it is a civil war. (39:50)

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war.

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

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/144158.pdf
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 along the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; 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. http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm#

According to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilize, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow. http://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/Russia%20Military%20Power%20Report%202017.pdf?ver=2017-06-28-144235-937

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/17/vladimir-putin-admits-russian-military-presence-ukraine

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: 60 minut @Rossiya 1, time 35:40, 39:50
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On January 13th, 1991, people died in Vilnius at the hands of their own forces

Forest brothers in Lithuania killed 25 thousand people during the WW2, including youth and children. Now they are awarded the Freedom Prize. It is symbolic that the freedom prize is awarded on the 13th of January. On this day in 1991 fifteen people died at the TV tower in Vilnius. Later independent experts determined that these people were killed by their own forces. The prize is 5000 euros – this is the price of Lithuanian freedom.

The freedom prize was made up by the parliament in 2011, is it given to those who are approved by the Lithuanian authorities for their public service  – that is exceptionally russophobic.

Disproof

Prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Independence movements in Lithuania and the Baltic States and the Forest Brothers. 

On January 13th Lithuania commemorates the night in 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the re-established independence, killing 14 civilians. Lithuania proclaimed independence in March 1990. Moscow tried to foil the secession with an economic blockade. When that proved ineffective, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of the January 13th, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented.  

There should be six different sexes in the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

In the name of equality the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe asked Russia to include people from six sexes to their delegation.

Disproof

The letter from the European Council Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) sent to the Russian parliament stated that Russia’s PACE delegation should include “at a very minimum one member of the under-represented sex appointed as a representative". It is a standard letter and all speakers of national parliaments received it at the end of November 2018.

Further debunking by Polygraph.

FYROM is forced by foreign countries to access NATO and change its name

Name change of FYROM is another step on the route to accessing NATO. The NATO accession is forced by foreign countries and so is the artificial name change.

Disproof

The name change is part of the political process, subject to international negotiations and internal debate in FYROM. Settlement of this issue is indeed linked with the country's NATO and EU accession. FYROM expressed its own will to join the Euro-Atlantic community already in 1993 and has been working towards the membership of NATO (and the EU) ever since.

For background, see the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.