Ukrainian aggression, putsch and Neo-Nazi organisations

Summary

The intentional provocation executed by Kyiv saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait – protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.
(…) US-NATO backed putsch that seized power in Ukraine in 2013 – setting off Ukrainian-Russian tensions in the first place.
(…) the prominent role paramilitary Neo-Nazi organizations have played in both overthrowing the elected government in 2013 and militancy carried out against Russian businesses, institutions, and even Ukrainians of Russian descent– particularly in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security serviceseized 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.

The construction of the Kerch Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the strait. The European Union stated that it expects  Russia to stop the inspections.

Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect theinviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.

UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: News Front
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More migrants – more crime and less safety in the EU

Migrants are bringing crime and violence and they contribute substantially to Europe’s decay. Eurostat’s recent survey on the safest EU countries (Croatia, Poland and Slovakia) was used to ‘prove’ that security is directly dependant on the lack of immigrants and unwillingness to let them in. The same media also described the statistics on basic firearms licences in Germany, highlighting a substantial increase (of 130%) of licences and linking it to the bigger numbers of migrants in the country and a general increase in the murders, rapes and terror attacks caused by them.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative regarding migrants as a threat to the EU and to the security of its member states. No evidence was presented. The original Eurostat data, to which the disinforming outlet is referring, do not say anything about the link between safety and presence of immigrants or lack thereof. Moreover, the country with the biggest number of people reporting crime, violence or vandalism, according to the same data, is Bulgaria - a country which,in light of another set of data by Eurostat, actually has one of the lowest numbers of migrants. Therefore, the disinforming outlet's arguments does not hold ground anyway. The statistical information introduced in the articles was manipulated to show correlations between the numbers and the safety threats coming from migrants. No such correlations exist.

Ukraine plans an offensive; a chemical attack might be planned

Thousands of troops together with Western instructors have been moved towards the border with Russia. Ukraine is also reportedly deploying tanks to Mariupol, and the separatists have seen chemical warfare vehicles – which could mean a chemical attack is being planned.

Disproof

No evidence of any war preparations by Ukraine. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons in the war in Ukraine, it also repeatedly accuses others of chemical weapons use to hide this use by its ally the Assad regime.

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accused Ukraine of plans for escalation without providing any evidence, see e.g. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-planning-major-hostilities-during-the-world-cup/; euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-is-increasing-its-military-presence-in-donbas-and-is-preparing-a-major-provocation/; or euvsdisinfo.eu/report/possible-that-kiev-plans-provocation-with-chemical-weapons-in-donbas/

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accuse foreign military of taking part in the war in Ukraine without providing any evidence, see dozens of cases in our database: euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77165&date=

‘Like denying the Holocaust’: Ukraine makes post-WWII nationalist fighters as privileged as war vets

Ukrainian parliament has passed a law, which gives Nazi-collaborating nationalist fighters, who fought against the Soviet Union after the end of World War II, the same status as the people who fought against Nazis during the war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis.

None of the organizations mentioned in the new Ukrainian law about social protection of participants in the struggle for country's independence in the 20th century are Nazi, the Insider notes.