Disinfo: Ukrainian tanks decorated with Nazi crosses

Summary

Ukrainian tanks are decorated with WWII Nazi crosses. Russia is fighting against Nazis.

Disproof

This is a disinformation case which is part of a broad narrative claiming that Russia is fighting Nazis in Ukraine.

In reality, the white crosses shown on the video are not a Nazi symbol. Such crosses were often depicted on the flags of various Cossack regiments. Unlike these white crosses, German ones on tanks and other military equipment were quite distinct. Actually, crosses of various forms and shapes are very widespread symbols in Christian nations all over the world. They can be found during religious ceremonies, on national flags and coats of arms, and in other spheres of life. No wonder that some of these crosses can resemble each other.

Ukraine is not a Nazi states, nor is Nazism its official ideology. A ban on Nazi and Communist ideologies was issued there In 2015. As in any other society, there are people of right-wing views in Ukraine. But far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election cycle, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Read more disinformation cases about so-called “Nazi Ukraine”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 308
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/09/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

The claim is demonstrably false. According to information from the United Nations (archived here) on 08 September 2022 - one day after this disinformation allegation was made - the actual number of ships carrying Ukrainian grain under the UN-backed Black Sea Grain Initiative was 103, although the destination of one was still undecided. The far majority, 68% went to countries outside the EU. 39 ships going to Turkey, 8 to Egypt, 4 to Israel, 3 to South Korea, 3 to China, 3 to India, 2 to Lebanon, 2 to Iran, 1 to Sudan, 1 to Djibouti, 1 to Yemen, 1 to Kenya and 1 to Somalia. 33 ships had gone or were headed to EU countries, Besides, this doesn’t mean that these are their final destinations, as grain will be redistributed from some of these harbours to other countries.

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