Disinfo: Ukraine has been destroyed

Summary

Ukraine has been destroyed. Europe with its Association agreement has betrayed Ukrainians. The agreement does not benefit Ukraine. There is no Ukraine anymore.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining Ukraine's statehood. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), as part of the Association Agreement, entered into force on 1 September 2017, having been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016. This constitutes a major milestone in bilateral trade relations and offers new economic opportunities to both the EU and Ukraine. Ukrainian businesses receive stable and predictable preferential access to the largest market in the world, with over 500 million consumers. Exports from Ukraine to the EU and Ukrainian imports from the EU both increased by about 27% in the first eight months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/4081/%20EU-Ukraine%20relations,%20factsheet, The Association Agreement with the EU has no impact on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Ukrainian statehood, AA/DCFTA
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It was the leaders of the coup in Ukraine four years ago that were responsible for the people killed

Dozens of young people who lost their lives in Kiev’s Independence Square during a “coup” four years ago were most likely killed by snipers who were in league with protest leaders. Ukraine is a failed state, its population has dwindled from 52m to 35m since the end of the USSR, the wages are very low and “Nazi associates” have become national heroes there.

Disproof

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

Recurring disinformation that the snipers were directed by the Maidan leaders, and that they were Georgian https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77122&date=, http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/fake-documentary-georgian-snipers-participation-maidan-developments, https://www.stopfake.org/en/?s=snipers. Further debunking by the Insider.

The Brussels establishment implement policies only to safeguard the international elite

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has once again accused US billionaire George Soros of using his funds to buy influence in Brussels and the UN. The fears of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban are not groundless. We know very well that the Brussels’ establishment are implementing short-sighted policies that do not guarantee the European population. It seems that the European Union, the European Commission in the first place, is more oriented in guaranteeing the interests of the international elite, who are more interested in the lowering of labor costs and workers’ contractual protections, glorifying the pathologies inherent in globalism.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the EU and about George Soros, no evidence given. euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=elite&disinfo_issue=&date=, . Individual EU countries must make sure that their national laws protect rights laid down by EU employment laws (Directives). ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=82,

Combat footage of Russian heroism in Syria

Senior Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko, suddenly surrounded by the enemy, made a decision that would earn him the rare title of Hero of the Russian Federation. He called his own grid coordinates and ordered friendly jets to bomb his position, in effect calling for his own death to deny the Islamic State the propaganda victory of a captured Russian soldier. The televised tribute spliced with combat footage of airstrikes to emphasize the moment, including roaring Su-25 ground support aircraft and one quick glimpse through a sniper’s scope of military vehicles blowing up.

Disproof

The scene used to illustrate this event is from the popular combat simulator Arma III, a video game made by Prague-based Bohemia Interactive. It’s not the first time the Russian government has inserted video-game footage to purportedly show combat in Syria. Bohemia Interactive confirmed that the split-second footage was taken from their game, company spokesman Ota Vrtatko told The Washington Post. “We didn’t provide any authorization for using footage from our game in this way,” Vrtatko said. The game is a combat simulator in which opposing teams battle with customized weapons in a giant “sandbox” environment. The episode comes three months after Russia’s foreign minister said the country had “irrefutable evidence” that U.S. troops were giving Islamic State fighters safe passage after a key Russian operation against the militants. As evidence, Russia provided images of drone footage, lifted from a smartphone game in which players attack nondescript convoys from the controls of a U.S. gunship. www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/02/26/russian-state-media-just-mixed-up-syrian-war-footage-with-a-video-game-clip/?utm_term=.843f08837101,