Disinfo: Ukraine has legalized a genocide against the citizens of Ukraine


In fact today, you [Ukraine] legalized a genocide against the people, who, as you regard them, are citizens of Ukraine. You are trying to destroy the country today, while giving it a legitimate status.


No evidence given for a threat of genocide in Ukraine. The word genocide is frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=genocide&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_language%5B%5D=rus&date=,but it seldom corresponds to the actual definition of a genocide http://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.html Disinformation refers to a bill on "reintegration of Donbas" which was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament 18 January 2018. For background see: www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-parliament-passes-donbas-reintegration-bill/28982677.html, For EU's position see https://www.unian.info/politics/2355643-eu-comments-on-ukraines-new-donbas-reintegration-law.html


  • Reported in: Issue 96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Genocide, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: Ukraine would sell even its nuclear bomb if they still had it

Ukraine would sell even its nuclear bomb if they still had it, thank God it was taken away from them. But there are rumours that Ukraine did sell two or three nuclear bombs in the 90’s. 25 years have passed, maybe they do not explode any more, maybe they do.


Conspiracy theory. Under the Budapest memorandum in 1994, Ukraine promised to remove all Soviet-era nuclear weapons from its territory, send them to disarmament facilities in Russia, and sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Ukraine kept these promises. In return, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States promised that none of them would ever threaten or use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine. They also pledged that none of them would ever use economic coercion to subordinate Ukraine to their own interest. They specifically pledged they would refrain from making each other's territory the object of military occupation or engage in other uses of force in violation of international law. Source: www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-explainer-budapest-memorandum/25280502.html,

Disinfo: Economies of the Baltic countries can't make progress in the EU

Economies of the Baltic countries can’t make progress when the countries are EU members. [—] The only real solution for the Baltic economies is integration to the Russian market.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. Lithuania and Latvia were among Europe's 10 fastest growing economies in 2016, according to World Economic Forum. In addition, Estonia was second in the 2017 Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom in Europe. Lithuania was 8th and Latvia came in at 11th. In the global ranking Estonia is the 6th. The Baltic countries have been a showcase of successful transformation after regaining independence following 50 years of Soviet occupation. This includes free market economies, well-functioning democratic institutions and legal system. http://bit.ly/K11iGM, http://bloom.bg/2eSwg3K // In 1995 in LV GDP per capita was 2.327 USD compared to 13.664 USD in 2015. In 1995 EE GDP per capita was 3.036 USD compared to 17.295 USD in 2015 http://bit.ly/1eRbn2E

Disinfo: Ukrainian military fired on a passenger bus in Donbas

The Ukrainian military fired on a passenger bus in Donbas. The shooting took place in the gray zone, the swathe of neutral territory between the Ukrainian army and the Russian backed separatists. This shooting is a sign of worse things to come. Ukrainians don’t hesitate to shoot at civilians now.


According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission January 22 report from the region, accompanied by an armed DPR member at the Olenivka checkpoint, OSCE monitors recorded two bullet holes on a passenger bus. The report also states that the monitors had earlier seen the bus about 50 meters south of the checkpoint, traveling north. The report estimates that the shots came from small arms fire from a western direction. In a video posted by a crowd-funded journalist working on the separatist side, a DPR representative says the bus was coming from Ukraine and was en-route to Donetsk. It passed the gray zone and was at the DPR customs point (3:34-3:50), he also estimates that the bullets were 5.45 or 7.62mm. These are the calibers of the two most-commonly used types of Kalashnikov rifles with a one kilometer range. On the same video Alexander Zakharchenko points to the west as the direction from where the shooting came. According to the war zone map, area west of the Olenivka checkpoint is controlled by the DPR. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-military-shoot-passenger-bus-in-donbas/, .