Disinfo: Ukraine was involved in the Malaysian Boeing MH17 catastrophe

Summary

The Ukrainian authorities were involved in the catastrophe of the Malaysian Boing over Donbas on 17 July 2014. The Boeing catastrophe has connections to the Ukrainian side, this is confirmed by various facts. There is no doubt the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and his press agency knew about the catastrophe beforehand. Other Kyiv officials have also been connected to the case.

Disproof

An often-repeated pro-Kremlin narrative on the downing of MH17. Bellingcat published numerous reports on the MH17 catastrophe investigation conducted by various parties with evidence supporting the lack of Ukrainian involvement into the catastrophe and proving Russia's involvement instead. The Dutch and Australians government held Russia responsible for the incident. The Dutch Safety Board also confirmed Russia’s involvement into the catastrophe.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Azov Sea and presidential elections in Ukraine. Background information:

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

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Further debunking by the Polygraph.

   

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections. Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, including the EU. Relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on December 25, 1991. U.S. policy is centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures. The election day in Ukraine was assessed positively overall and paves the way to the second round. Voting was well-organised, smooth, transparent and efficient, and procedures were generally adhered to. The fact that the first round of elections was held without crucial violations is confirmed by various international organisations. The OSCE PA Election Observation Mission in Ukraine has declared that the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine was competitive, and citizens had the opportunity to freely express their will. “We can admit that there were definitely competitive elections and the opportunity to vote for the candidate the citizens wanted to elect was provided”, the OSCE Special Coordinator, OSCE PA Honorary President Ilkka Kanerva said. Following the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, the same position was announced by the Head of the EP election observation delegation Dariusz Rosati. According to him, these elections were definitely competitive, since no candidate could be clearly identified as the likely winner. The Canadian Election Observation Mission in Ukraine also considers the elections as fair. A press release of the Canadian Mission says that Ukraine’s highly competitive presidential election meets international standards.

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Disproof

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