Disinfo: A US citizen reveals the truth about how his country created the crisis in Ukraine

Summary

In an exclusive interview, a US citizen revealed the true state of things in Donbas despite CIA propaganda. He explained that [Ukrainian president Petro] Poroshenko was a US puppet, and that a foreign government came and carried out a coup in the presidential elections. The US wanted more influence in Ukraine because it wanted to stop the supply of Russian gas to Europe and to expand NATO along the Russian border. For this reason, the US interfered in Ukraine’s internal affairs and started a war in Eastern Ukraine. Donbas’ citizens had no alternative but to take up weapons in face of what was basically an invasion of their country.

Disproof

The article summarises several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine, blaming the US and the West for the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and labelling the protest movement that overthrew him as a coup, and denying any Russian responsibility for the outbreak of violence in Donbas. The demonstrations against Yanukovych, which began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan", were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with the president’s last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. When those protests were met with government-led police violence, they became massive, ultimately resulting in Yanukovych’s fall. There is zero evidence of any foreign implication behind the demonstrations. On the contrary, proof of Russia’s involvement in fomenting unrest in Eastern Ukraine and in creating a military conflict has been mounting since an early stage. You can see other examples of disinformation narratives in Ukraine in our database, such as claims that the Maidan protests were a coup orchestrated by foreign secret services through neo-nazi groups aiming to bring oligarchs to power (and that the US has allegedly admitted it), that Russia is no part of Ukraine’s conflict, that it was the Ukrainians who downed the MH17 flight, or that there is no such a thing as a Ukrainian nation different from Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Country: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: gas, EU/NATO enlargement, Petro Poroshenko, Euromaidan, NATO, Donbas
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Crimea always has been Russian

The Russian Special Forces imposed control of government institutions in Crimea on 27 February 2014, and Crimea returned to the motherland Russia, according to a referendum held on March 16, 2014.

Crimea has been administratively attached to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine since the early 1950s. In March 2014, Crimea regained its historical Russian identity at the will of its inhabitants.

Disproof

While it is true that Russian Forces imposed their control on government institutions in Crimea by force, the latter narrative is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Crimea has never belonged to Ukraine.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”

The granting of autocephaly to Ukraine was an unlawful 'démarche' by Patriarch Bartholomew

The hierarchs (at a meeting in Amman) responded to the démarche of Patriarch Bartholomew, his granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This flagrant violation of canons and church law laid the foundation for a conflict dangerous for the Orthodox world.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

Autocephaly was granted to the Ukrainian church by the Constantinople patriarchy. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparations and considerations by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod. In October 2018, the Holy Synod decided to revoke the letter of 1686 by which it gave the right to the Moscow patriarchy "to consecrate the ecclesiastical subordinates of Constantinople in Kyiv Metropolitanate, interpreted by the Russian Church as its transfer to Moscow."

Coronavirus an Anglo-Saxon biological warning: originates in US labs; targets opponents of the US

The Coronavirus must have originated from American peripheral laboratories from within China or from surrounding countries.

The virus is carefully chosen, reaching countries that are the opponents of the United States of America, such as China and Iran, and some countries of the European Union such as Italy, which has tendencies towards Russia.

Suspiciously, just 3 months after the virus was discovered in December, the United States announced reaching a vaccine for the Coronavirus. This period is unreasonable, so it can be said that they most likely had a vaccine prior to the outbreak.

Stock markets around the world were all affected, except American markets.

There is information that the Israeli authorities have built a biological weapon that targets only the Palestinians.

In Madagascar, there was a pneumonic plague spread, which killed only locals but didn’t affect European tourists nor the yellow race.

The Anglo-Saxon countries provided a biological warning to all non-English speaking countries: “Either you live according to our laws , or you will not live on this planet. Either we kill you quickly or we kill you slowly.”

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

There is no evidence that suggests that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 2804 deaths by 27 February 2020.