Disinfo: The Ukrainian intelligence service (SBU) is creating death squads against political opponents

Summary

The Ukrainian intelligence service (SBU) is creating death squads to kill political opponents. These death squads are created on the order of president Poroshenko.

Disproof

No evidence given. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets regularly spread disinformation about Ukrainian Armed Forces and special forces in order to undermine support for EU policies towards Ukraine. euvsdisinfo.eu/dehumanizing-disinformation-as-a-weapon-of-the-information-war/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 114
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Democracy, Petro Poroshenko, State oppression, 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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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the relationship between the West and Ukraine. The EU is helping Ukraine through various very concrete means: first of all, the entry into force of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 1st of January 2016 offers duty free (for most products) access to the largest market in the world to Ukrainian companies; second, the EU has granted cheap and long term loans to Ukraine to help the country to stabilized its economy: 2,2 bn € have been disbursed already; third, the EU (whose Member States represent altogether the largest IMF shareholder) is strongly supporting the IMF loans and programmes which have helped to stabilize the economic situation in Ukraine and will continue to help the country to reform its economy; fourth, the EU is providing substantial budget support, technical assistance and loans to the businesses through the EIB. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/4081/eu-ukraine-relations-factsheet_en,

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The White Helmets cooperate with al-Qaeda, prepares new chemical attack

Russia has proof that the White Helmets framed President Assad for the recent chemical weapon attacks in Syria, furthermore, they are planning on committing and filming another attack. The White Helmets are cooperating with al-Qaeda.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the White Helmets.

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