Disinfo: There is no evidence the Skripal poisoning suspects are GRU agents

Summary

Suddenly, accusations appeared that the two Skripal poisoning suspects are not businessmen Boshirov and Petrov (as was the Russian version), but GRU agents Chepiga and Mishkin. But is there any evidence of that? There is none.

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
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Crimea's reunification with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter

The reunification of the Crimean peninsula with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter. It was a democratic process, during which the inhabitants of Crimea expressed their position.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation on referendum in Crimea. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity: http://bit.ly/2d9uXT9. UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

The recent ammo depot explosion in Ukraine was meant to hide evidence on MH17

The recent ammo depot explosion near Ichnya, Chernihiv region was meant to hide evidence regarding the presence of Buk missile system in Ukraine. Such explosions can be also hiding arms smuggling into Europe. Also, sources say that there are explosions of phosphorus munitions prohibited by the OPCW.

Disproof

No evidence given. Deputy commander of the Ukrainian General Staff, Rodyon Tymoshenko, told a news conference the incident began with four explosions across the depot. "The intensity of the blasts suggests that it was most probably sabotage," he said. See more on Stop Fake.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. The Joint Investigation Team investigation has meticulously traced the BUK that shot down MH17 on its way from Russia and back. For a full explanation of the findings from the JIT, watch their video where they conclude that the BUK that shot down MH17 came from the Russian Armed Forces. It was transported into pro-Russian separatist controlled area by a Russian convoy. There is forensic and visual evidence, and three independent investigations have all come to the same conclusion. Meanwhile, Russia used its veto to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster.

Ukraine is not a country, it is a territory

A country that does not punish those who are guilty is not a state, and those behind the “mass killings in Maidan and Odessa” have not been brought to justice.

Disproof

Repeated disinformation undermining the statehood and thus the territorial integrity of Ukraine. For hundreds of similar cases in the past, see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&date= Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders: http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo. The protesters on Maidan were killed by Berkut, an elite police force loyal to President Yanukovych, against whom the Ukrainian people protested and who later fled to Russia.