Disinfo: Ukraine to become nuclear waste dump

Summary

Foreign companies will soon be dumping their nuclear waste in Ukraine, the country will be turned into a nuclear burial ground of Europe and the world – the members of the Ukrainian parliament have put an end to the health of Ukrainians.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about Ukraine . On April 17 proposed legislation on improving the management of radioactive waste was given its first reading in the Ukrainian parliament. During parliamentary discussions of the proposed legislation Minister Semerak reported that most of the nuclear waste that needs to be stored in Ukraine was generated after the Chornobyl accident. He also emphasized that there is no nuclear waste from other countries being brought to Ukraine and would not be in the future as it is prohibited by law. The proposed new classification has absolutely no bearing on this. According to Energoatom, the company that operates all four of Ukraine’s nuclear power stations, the disposal of nuclear waste can occur only in the country of origin. Further debunking by Stopfake.org.

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  • Reported in: Issue 106
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/04/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Abandoned Ukraine
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The White Helmets fabricated Douma chemical attack when the UK theory about the alleged chemical attack in Salisbury started to fall apart

The White Helmets organisation is controlled by British secret services and its members are responsible for fabricating evidence of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. The White Helmets carried out the fabrication when the British theory about the alleged chemical attack in Salisbury started to fall apart.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets, Sergei Skripal poisoning, and chemical attack in Douma, Syria. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=, On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU. See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/ On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

EU support for Russian civil society is a provocation

EU support for Russian civil society, with a special emphasis on the youth, is a provocation aimed to create a whole layer of young people dissatisfied with the Russian government. They will then unite and form a force. It is very dangerous if young people are targeted. It is a bomb that will explode in about 10 years’ time.

Disproof

No evidence given for any "provocation". Despite of the recurring disinformation about "Russophobic" Europe, the EU is promoting people-to-people contacts with Russia. On 14 March 2016, the foreign ministers of the 28 EU Member States agreed on the five guiding principles of the EU's policy towards Russia. Fifth principle is increasing support for Russian civil society and promoting people-to-people contacts, given that sanctions target the regime rather than Russian people. www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2016/589857/EPRS_BRI(2016)589857_EN.pdf, In the Foreign Affairs Council 16 April 2018, all the EU Foreign Ministers saw as a key issue to increase EU:s support for Russian citizens, civil society, human rights defenders, people to people contacts, especially with a focus on the youth of the Russian Federation. In practise this means for example the Erasmus+ programme. Russian students and researchers are among the first - if not the first - of third countries benefiting from the Erasmus+ programme. It is something the EU wants to increase to make sure that links between the people are not only maintained but also increased. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/42996/remarks-hrvp-mogherini-press-conference-following-foreign-affairs-council_en,

Lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department led to delay for OPCW inspectors arrival in Douma

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were unable to reach the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma because of a lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department.

Disproof

Prior to the statement by Ryabkov, the British delegation to the OPCW tweeted that Russian and Syrian authorities were denying access to the inspection team. U.N. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on April 16: “The United Nations has provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma. We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma.” On April 14, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres issued a statement on the situation in Syria expressing full support for the OPCW inspection. The security for the sites where the OPCW fact finding mission plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police and they could not secure the area according to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. Further debunking by Polygraph.info.