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.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, The West, AA/DCFTA, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Afghan migrant pushes German woman just for fun

A video shows how an Afghan migrant kicks a German woman and rolls her down a staircase just to have fun. Let us be understanding, have tolerance and everything.

Disproof

The uploaded video has 12 thousand views and 255 shares (As of March 1, 2018) and caused xenophobic and anti-Western comments among the users of the social network. The incident took place in Berlin on 27th October 2016. The act of violence was recorded by the video surveillance system installed throughout the metro station, upon which the Berlin police launched an investigation.

On December 17, 2016, German "Deutsche Welle" reported that the Berlin Police had apprehended the crime-suspect. According to the Bulgarian newspaper "Nova", the attacker was from Varna, Bulgaria and was a construction worker in Berlin. In addition, he was convicted of stealing, robbery and hooliganism in the past.

Visa liberalisation has raised the terrorism threat and forces Georgians to leave their country

About 35,000 people left Georgia. We are not arguing about numbers, as some mention 30,000. Double that number of Iraqis and Syrians arrived from the Asian countries, where the terrorism threat is high. These people establish themselves in our country, in our motherland, where a Georgian could not find happiness. Georgians could not find happiness in Adjara, where Turks have been given everything… Then, Georgians could not find happiness in Kakheti, too, where Iranians are dominant instead of Georgians, who can also develop business, process land and create production. Georgians, thus, leave their homes and it directly relates with visa liberalization and all this process, because people are leaving our country.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation about the visa liberalisation with the EU euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=visa+liberalisation&disinfo_issue=&date=, . Since the enactment of visa liberalization (March 28, 2017) until October 20, 2017, in total, 160,000 citizens of Georgia benefitted from visa-free travel. After the expiration of the 90-day term, up to 10,000 citizens did not return to Georgia. This number does not encompass merely those citizens who chose to stay illegally. It also includes those, who:

  1. Own a residence permit in one of the EU countries or a double nationality;
  2. Received the right of a prolonged stay in one of the EU countries after benefitting from the visa free travel (i.e. students, asylum-seekers);
  3. Travelled from the EU countries to third countries (i.e. Ukraine, Belarus) and did not return to Georgia from the latter.

Moreover, the visa liberalization topic is often connected to a false claim that it will empty the country and lead it into a demographic catastrophe. Discussing the visa-free travel in Schengen zone countries from the demographic perspective is manipulative, as visa liberalization for Georgia only concerns short-term visits to European countries, not free movement of workers. No links to increased risk of terrorism is being proven. Further debunking by Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/two-lies-irma-inashvili-about-visa-liberalization-and-georgian-farmers, .

Crimea and Sevastopol were returned to Russia in March 2014 after a referendum

Crimea and Sevastopol were returned to Russia in March 2014 after a referendum. // US and the EU should think about imposing “psychiatric sanctions” on Ukraine.
Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

There are no "psychiatric sanctions".