The US ruled Ukraine during Poroshenko’s presidency

Summary

The US was ruling Ukraine during the presidency of Petro Poroshenko. Although established as an independent body, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine was directly managed by the State Department. This body was used to pressure the Ukrainian authorities to make the necessary decisions.

Also, the US aimed to weaken Russia through continuous military operations in Donbas. For the same reason, the US was interested in failing to comply with the Minsk agreements.

Disproof

No evidence provided for these claims. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Ukraine - US Relations.

This conspiracy theory is also a part of the pro-Kremlin narrative that claims everyone is against Russia.

The US is not a party in the Donbas conflict or to the Minsk Agreements. There are only two parties to the Agreements, Ukraine and Russia. France, Germany, and the OSCE oversee the negotiations.

See more disinformation cases about the Minsk agreements here and about Donbas here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian, Montenegro, Serbian
  • Country: Russia, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Donbas, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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Kyiv greets Netanyahu with the slogan of Nazi collaborators

During his official visit to Kyiv, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was greeted by the exclamation: “Glory to Ukraine!” The slogan was popularized by Ukrainian Nazi collaborators and is now an official greeting in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative alleging widespread Nazi sympathies among the Ukrainian people. See more cases on the "Glory to Ukraine" greeting here.

"Glory to Ukraine" far predates the Second World War and the Ukrainian nationalist movement of that period. In fact, the greeting likely originated in late 19th-century Kharkiv -- a major industrial city in the country's east -- and was later popularized by the short-lived Kholodnyy Yar Republic (1919-22) in central Ukraine.

No transparency and objectivity in the media of East European NATO members, just propaganda

In East European countries, led by NATO, there will be less public information and even fewer accountable media. What Vyshinsky and Assange are going through is a warning to everyone else. No transparency required, no place for objectivity. Just propaganda. Like the 1930s in Germany, like the 50s in the Soviet Union.

Journalists who report objectively are declared as ineligible in order to open up space for propaganda and placement of various half-truths. Great resources are allocated with the aim of creating the half-truth and in order to create confusion where it will become difficult to discern what is true. If that fails, influential individuals, identified as threatening, are risking charges of treason, espionage, theft of state secrets, endangering national security, “psychological torture” etc.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. This complete disinformation message is an attempt of whataboutism and counter-accusations as international organisations often criticise Russia for violating the right to freedom of speech and rights of journalists. The claim is the part of a bigger narrative of alleged Western attacks on Russian journalists. Similar cases can be found here, herehere and here.

The freest countries in terms of press freedom are predominantly European countries, including Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, etc.

If Georgia joins the EU, it will lose 75% of its sovereignty and won’t benefit economically

Media and political elites propagate Georgia’s accession to the EU. If Georgia joins the EU, it will lose 75% of its sovereignty and will remain independent only in 25%. Moreover, it won’t benefit economically. Therefore, Georgia cannot join the EU.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that EU member states lose their sovereignty to the EU, consistent with another narrative about undemocratic EU.

Georgia is a sovereign state recognized by the international community. The decision to join the EU is a sovereign one, made both by the candidate country and EU members. All candidate countries must fulfill the Copenhagen criteria, ie. political, economic, administrative and institutional conditions to join.