Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council urged to prepare for war with Russia

Summary
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov urged the country to prepare for war with Russia. He believes that Russia allegedly redeploys some mythical military divisions on the border with Ukraine. Kyiv for several years has unreasonably accused Russia of “aggression”.
Disproof

In fact, Turchynov said that Russia is trying to escalate the situation in the region.

"We can see active attempts to deploy additional military units along the Ukrainian border, and their number is already comparable with those of 2014 when the Russian Federation Council decided to deploys troops [to Crimea and Donbas]. These new units are not simply a demonstration of force. They can be used for active military actions. We should understand and be ready for it", said Turchynov.

Further debunking by Stop Fake.

Russia's actions in Ukraine are a clear violation of international law. Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations". UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum. The UN rejects attempts of Russia or any other state to change the state boarders of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Zvezda TV Tsargrad TV Izvestia Regnum news agency
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Disproof

No evidence given. According to the National Democratic Institute of Ukraine, most residents from central territories, including the Dnipropetrovsk region, consider the influence of Russia to be negative (80%). The poll of the sociological service “Rating” (July 2018) showed that 34% of Dnipro population support the EU and 16% - the Eurasian Customs Union. At the same time, two-thirds of city residents consider Russia an aggressor and 46% of population do not regret the collapse of the USSR.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian citizens allegedly supporting Russia.

There is freedom in Crimea, whereas Ukraine is governed by criminals and terrorists

There is absolute freedom in Crimea, Russia has often invited Western delegations to Crimea to demonstrate how calm the situation is on the peninsula.

Ukraine encompassing Crimea does not exist anymore. It was once free and democratic, however, nowadays a group of war criminals have taken power of the country, and they actively use state terrorism as a goal.

Disproof

According to the Freedom House, Russia used coercion to increase the participation of Crimeans in Russian elections; the Crimean Tatars are being repressed and the Mejlis - an organisation representing the Crimean Tatars - was banned; the Russian FSB use intimidation and harassment to eliminate opposition to Russian occupation; a forced Russification is ongoing (including making anything connected to Ukraine a taboo); and rights to freedom of association are severely restricted: https://bit.ly/2Op9YNH

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A monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator demolished in Lithuania

A monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator has been demolished in Lithuania. This monument – a huge boulder on which the face of a Red Army soldier was carved – was installed over 30 years ago. The local authorities decided to definitely dismantle it within the framework of a so-called decommunization policy.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about soviet monuments being dismantled all over Europe.

In fact, the monument mentioned by Russian media is not demolished, but transferred to the Grutas sculpture park (50 km from the monument’s original location), where Soviet-era monuments are exposed. According to The Insider, the author of the memorial, the sculptor Vladas Krušna, who died in 2014, himself proposed to transfer the sculpture to Grutas Park.