Disinfo: Ukraine broke the Minsk agreements by allowing the National Police on the contact line

Summary

Ukraine knows that it can’t allow the National Police to be on the line of contact [in Donbas]. It violates the agreements. And Ukraine broke the agreement before the Normandy Format meeting.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as the only violator of the agreements. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

On 20 September 2016, the Framework Decision of Tripartite Contact Group on the Withdrawal of Forces was signed. The document listed violations such as the movement of forces and means on the contact line, shelling or placing mines on the contact line, etc. However, there is no mention of the use of the National Police for controlling order there.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Zagorodniuk said in October 2019 that the condition of the withdrawal of forces and means is the fulfilment of the condition of observing the ceasefire regime at both sections of the contact line and the verification of the absence of fire should be carried out by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. He also stated that the National Police will protect civilians on the contact line.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Provocation, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (29:30 - 29:53)
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Disproof

The disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its progressive recognition in the world is recurrent. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014 amid the presence of Russian troops. The UNGA adopted resolution 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. For the EU's statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, see here.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative undermining the EU, claiming that the EU is fundamentally broken and disintegrating - also consistent with the narrative of the EU's imminent collapse.

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Disproof

One of the methods of Kremlin disinformation is to deny the authority of international organisations and independent agencies to regulate and implement sanctions that impact it. The topic of doping is also a popular one in Russian media outlets. See examples such as  "The exclusion of Russian athletes in the Olympics is a form of war" and "There is no evidence that Russian athletes have been using doping".

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