Disinfo: Ukraine is increasing its military presence in Donbas and is preparing a major provocation

Summary

Ukraine is increasing its military presence in Donbas and is preparing a major provocation.

Disproof

No evidence of any war preparations, and no independent sources confirm this. www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/reports,

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian aggression against Russia. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date= More on the fighting in Eastern Ukraine: https://www.rferl.org/a/29241384.html

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 111
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Provocation, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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There is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia, which is shown by the lack of criticism in the latest elections

International observers had no serious criticism as to how the Russian Presidential election 2018 was organized or regarding the election results. Therefore, there is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia.

Disproof

Actually, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe stated that there had been no real choice in Russia’s presidential election and complained it had been marked by unfair pressure on critical voices www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election-osce/osce-says-russian-presidential-election-lacked-real-choice-idUSKBN1GV1JN, The OSCE election observation mission to the presidential election in Russia 2018 stated in it's preliminary conclusions that; "The 18 March presidential election took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment marked by continued pressure on critical voices, while the Central Election Commission (CEC) administered the election efficiently and openly. After intense efforts to promote turnout, citizens voted in significant numbers, yet restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression, as well as on candidate registration, have limited the space for political engagement and resulted in a lack of genuine competition. While candidates could generally campaign freely, the extensive and uncritical coverage of the incumbent as president in most media resulted in an uneven playing field.Overall, election day was conducted in an orderly manner despite shortcomings related to vote secrecy and transparency of counting."

Crimea decided its own fate after the unconstitutional armed coup in Kyiv

Crimea opted to rejoin Russia in 2014 after a popular vote showed overwhelming support for the move. The referendum was arranged after an “unconstitutional armed coup” in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, and it was the Crimeans themselves who ultimately decided their own fate. “Crimea gained independence through the free will of the Crimeans, expressed in an open referendum, not as a result of an invasion by Russian forces.”

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.

In 2014, the Russian troops forced the parliament of Crimea to organize an illegal referendum and then conducted the annexation of it that has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine) http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

Ukraine Boasts about Crimea Drought

Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis representative council boasted about the water problems Ukraine had created for Crimea and said that even if Ukraine allowed water from the mainland to reach the Russian annexed peninsula, it could always turn it off again and that Ukraine would not negotiate Crimean water issues with Moscow.The country is sincerely proud that, having blocked the North-Crimean channel, created problems for the inhabitants of the peninsula.

Disproof

The Ukrainian web publication Obozrevatel published Mustafa Dzhemilev’s reaction to Crimea’s drought. There is certainly no boasting or bragging in what Dzhemilev says, he simply confirms that Crimea has water problems and as a result, agriculture on the peninsula is suffering. Russian media totally ignored him saying if Crimea wasn’t under Russian control, Ukraine would have to invest greatly to restore the peninsula’s agricultural sector. Ukraine provided up to 85 percent of fresh water supplies to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal from the Dnipro River. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 Crimea stopped paying its water bills to Ukraine resulting in massive debt. Ukraine then ceased supplying water to Crimea. Further debunking by Stopfake.org.