Disinfo: Ukraine is guilty for the MH17 tragedy because it did not close the airspace over its territory after the start of the civil war in Donbas

Summary

Ukraine is guilty for the MH17 tragedy because it did not close the airspace over its territory after the start of the civil war in Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. There is no civil war in Donbas: Russia is supporting separatists in the eastern Ukraine. Read more here.

The governments of the states who lost most citizens in the catastrophe set up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which concluded that the plane was shot down by a BUK missile located in an area controlled by the Russia-supported rebels. Independent open source journalistic investigation traced the missile launcher and the people who operated it from Russia into Ukraine and back again into Russia, and the Joint Investigation Team has agreed with these conclusions. Read more: Flight MH17 three years on: getting the truth out of Eastern Ukraine

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 84
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, Donbas, War in Ukraine, MH17
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Finnish spies threatened to kill Putin's great aunt, and then she was shot by a fascist bullet

In 1941, Finnish spies warned Putin’s great aunt Yelizaveta in 1941 in Pominovo: “If we see you one more time at the Red Army men, bang-bang! We will shoot!” In spite of the warning Yelizaveta went again to help [the Red Army men]. A fascist bullet hit her back.

Disproof

No evidence given. There were no Finns in Pominovo or close to it in 1941. According to Vladimir Putin's publicly available biography, Yelizaveta Shelomova was Putin's grandmother, not great aunt. Further debunking by Ilta-Sanomat.

MH-17 was shot down by a Ukrainian Buk

Ukrainian army’s 156th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, located in Zolotonosha, shot down MH-17 on 17 July 2014 – says Yuriy Baturin, a former major of Ukrainian army escaped now to Russia. The Buk was transported after the tragedy as a part of Ukrainian military convoy.

Disproof

Reccuring MH17-related disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/flight-mh-17-three-years-on-getting-the-truth-out-of-eastern-ukraine/, . False information was first published by TV Zvezda that later removed the content tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201710061815-jpeh.htm, , cached here webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:xTxOkT4PbdkJ:https://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201710061826-z433.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=lv, and here meduza.io/news/2017/10/07/telekanal-zvezda-udalil-tri-zametki-pro-sbityy-boing-ukrainskiy-mayor-perebezhchik-rasskazyval-v-nih-ob-ukrainskom-buke, . Joint Investigative Team (JIT) has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/, Further debunk: khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1507577040,

Crimea is a result of the ban on the Russian language

Crimea is a result of the ban on the Russian language. The Donbas unrest is a result of the ban on the Russian language. If you deprive a people of its language, you strip it of a right to identify itself as a people. It is a linguistic genocide.

Disproof

Ukraine has never banned Russian language. Prior to the May 2014 Presidential elections, acting President Turchynov refused to sign legislation repealing the language law of 2012, which allows the use of the Russian language for official purposes at regional level. Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger: 1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe; 2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014; 3. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014 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 More on background of the new Ukrainian law on education and the controversies it has raised http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/73272. Ukraine will forward the respective parts of the Law to the Council of Europe for opinion. http://mfa.gov.ua/en/press-center/news/60121-statement-on-the-law-of-ukraine-on-education