Disinfo: Ukrainian army organizes hunting of pro-Russian civilians in Donbas for rich people

Summary

Rich people from Western countries can buy the right to kill civilians in Donbas, this “safari” is provided by the Ukrainian army.

Disproof

The information comes from one of the parties to the conflict, known for disseminating disinformation; the spokesperson of the self proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic Daniel Beznosov. It is not the first time that the DNR or similar sources spread disinformation about the Ukrainian army euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Ukrainian+military&disinfo_issue=&date=,

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  • Reported in: Issue 113
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/06/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Western values, Military, Conspiracy theory, Donbas
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The UN condemned persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The UN condemned the persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and concluded that there is a “religious conflict” in Ukraine.

Disproof

The publication refers to the words of the Coordinator of the "Information Group on Crimes Against Personality", of the co-organizer of the event, Maxim Vilkov and of some expert Daniil Glumov. They advanced the thesis that "nationalist forces use [...] historical confrontation of religious confessions" or that the UOC-KP and the Greek-Catholic Church "made every effort to kindle [...] a religious conflict." In fact, officially, at the UN level, including representatives and members of the Human Rights Council, there were no such statements. There were also no official statements or discussions on this matter. The event, which proves the basis for the material published by Ukraina.ru, is not on the list of official meetings of the 38th session of the HRC. It did take place, but already in the informal part (which follows from the bulletin of informal meetings) under the auspices of the Russian Federation Representation to the United Nations and the Russian Peace Foundation. Further debunking by Stopfake.

OPCW politicized by the West, does not comply with its own standards

Chemical weapons in Syria were produced by militants and equipment was manufactured in Western Europe. … US, UK, France, Allies Trying to Turn OPCW Into a Politicized Institution

While conducting investigations into chemical incidents in Syria, compliance with a strict sequence of actions to preserve evidence has been violated.

The neglect of the OPCW standards “led to contradictions, inconsistencies and falsifications of facts in the reports on the results of investigations, which are clearly anti-Syrian in nature. … The White Helmets used a low-grade explosive device in the Syrian settlement of Khan Shaykhun last year to stage a chemical weapons attack, later blamed on the Syrian government forces

Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating recurring disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date= Bellingcat has debunked pro-Kremlin claims systematically concerning the chemical attacks in Syria www.bellingcat.com/?s=chemical, An NYT investigation has found that the Syrian government is to blame for the chemical attack in Douma www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/24/world/middleeast/douma-syria-chemical-attack-augmented-reality-ar-ul.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&smvar=te-article, In a joint Statement by Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW. They have also called a so-called information meeting at OPCW headquarters that Russia held 'nothing more than a crude propaganda exercise'. https://nl.ambafrance.org/Syria-OPCW-Joint-Statement-26-april-2018 See our timeline of the ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign surrounding the Salisbury poisoning and the Douma chemical attack. Furthermore, the White Helmets and their supporters have been the target of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign for years already euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=&offset=0, It is also not the first time that Russian officials present faked evidence as proof euvsdisinfo.eu/computer-game-as-irrefutable-proof/, Sputnik is a state-funded outlet created in December 2013 as part of a broader restructuring of Russian government media. According to the presidential decree, which established its parent company, Sputnik’s purpose is “reporting the state policy of the Russian Federation, and public life in the Russian Federation, abroad.” medium.com/dfrlab/blowing-the-whistle-on-sputnik-493e0bc26e99,

For background: On 7 April 2018, 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/https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/29/pieces-matter-syrias-chlorine-bombs-douma-chemical-attack/ 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

There is no "Ukraine", only illegal regime in the Kyiv territory

There is no country “Ukraine”. There is only illegal regime in the Kyiv territory.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10 Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. As witnessed by the democratic Early Parliament elections held on 26 October 2014, Ukraine is governed by a democratically elected Parliament. The OSCE characterized the elections as “an important step in Ukraine’s aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments”, offering voters “real choice” and “a general respect for fundamental freedoms”. According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook increasing attempts to derail the process. There was no possibility also to carry out the elections in the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia the same year http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/132556?download=true