Disinfo: Ukraine is embroiled in a civil war

Summary

Poroshenko is a hypocrite and a scumbag. He waged a nonexistent war in which people died. […] It is a civil conflict, not a war against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but a well-documented act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

See similar narratives about Ukraine's role in the conflict and the Minsk Agreements here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Civil war, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Petro Poroshenko
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Lithuania bans RT citing channel’s bogus links to EU-sanctioned journalist Kiselyov

Lithuania has banned the broadcast of five RT programmes, claiming that the channel is headed by the EU-sanctioned journalist Dmitry Kiselyov.

In actual fact, Kiselyov has nothing to do with RT and heads an entirely different news organization called Rossiya Segodnya.

Disproof

The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying foreign governments as Russophobic, disdainful of press freedom, and unjustly targeting the Kremlin-controlled RT TV channel (formerly Russia Today).

In a statement explaining its own move to ban RT broadcasts, the government media watchdog of Latvia (NEPLP) notes:

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada admitted that Kyiv will not implement the Minsk agreements

The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada admitted that Kyiv is not going to implement the Minsk agreements.

The Verkhovna Rada will not make any changes to the Constitution of Ukraine on the proposal of other countries, even if it is foreseen by the Minsk agreements and is necessary to end the war in Donbas. This was stated by Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Dmitro Razumkov during a press conference. The head of the Rada replied that adding amendments, which are envisaged by the Minsk agreements, to the fundamental law of Ukraine is not even a subject to discussion.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements.

The Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Dmitro Razumkov did not say that Kyiv is not going to implement the Minsk agreements. Speaking at a press conference in the Verkhovna Rada, Razumkov stated that Russia cannot dictate to Ukraine how to change Ukrainian laws: “I think that only the Ukrainian people, society, the Verkhovna Rada, MPs, the president, and other institutions that work for the benefit of our country can require amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine." Razumkov also added that a lot of work regarding Ukrainian legislation still has to be done in order to return the temporarily occupied territories.

Mercenary Sean Fuller from the USA is killed in Donbas

The DNR has identified the body of the deceased saboteur who was transferred to the Ukrainian side yesterday. He is a mercenary from the United States called Sean Fuller with the call sign “Texas”. He has combat experience in Iraq and is known as a subversion specialist.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

Sean Fuller does serve in the Ukrainian army and has an official contract but as a volunteer fighter, not as a mercenary. Fuller stated "I'm not a mercenary. Not least because the American army pays more than the Ukrainian army. I am for justice."