Disinfo: "Western curators" are interested in freezing the conflict in the Donbas

Summary

The Western curators of the Ukrainian project are clearly aimed at freezing the conflict in the Donbas. They cannot give the go-ahead to Zelenskyy for the implementation of the political part of the Minsk agreements – this would mean the end of the war soon. That is not why they started a coup in Kyiv, in which billions of dollars were invested.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements, undermining the statehood of Ukraine, and alleging that Ukraine is a state under foreign control. There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. Since 2014, negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict in the Donbas have been held within the framework of the Normandy Format and the Minsk Process. A special trilateral contact group is working on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. Three parties are involved in this process: representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. Unofficially, representatives of the so-called "LDNR" factions are also present. Ukraine is not the only party to the conflict in the Donbas. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine. The second set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements was signed on 12 February 2015. But there are no conditions that the Ukrainian authorities should conduct direct negotiations with the leaders of the self-proclaimed "republics DNR/LNR" in the Minsk agreements that are supported by Russia See more examples of disinformation messages alleging that Ukraine is a colony of IMF and George Soros, Ukraine is run by pro-EU oligarchic Nazis, supported by the US, US embassy controls decisions taken in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Ukrainian statehood, Minsk agreements, Conspiracy theory, Euromaidan, Donbas, Coup
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Disinfo: Removal of Konev monument insults the Elbe Day and joint fight against coronavirus

In light of joint fight against the coronavirus outbreak many controversial issues in US-Russia relations retreat a little bit. Their cooperation in fighting coronavirus revives the spirit of the Elbe Day. The decision of Prague 6 district to remove the monument to Soviet marshal Ivan Konev goes contrary to this spirit. Moreover, the First Ukrainian Front, whose regiment met American troops on the Elbe River, was under Konev’s command. Therefore, the monument’s removal is an insult to the Elbe Day and the joint fight against coronavirus.

Disproof

This is another example of disinformation concerning the removal of Konev's monument in Prague. The speculation that this decision insults the Elbe Day and the joint fight against coronavirus is far-fetched and unreasonable, especially considering that the decision was made in September 2019, several months before the coronavirus outbreak. The democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6 voted for the removal of the statue. Using the protocol of the Politbureau's assembly, Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968 Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation but also the terror to Czechia, as the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, reminded. Kolář said that he respects the role of Konev-led forces in liberating Prague, and the sacrifice of Soviet armies liberating Europe from Nazism. "We will strive for an art competition for a memorial to the liberators of Prague at the end of World War Two instead of the marshal Konev statue," he said before the vote. "At the same time we will secure a dignified - and let me stress that, dignified - placement of this art piece (Konev) in a memorial institution. I think this is a consensual solution we have called for a number of years." The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here. See earlier disinformation cases concerning the Konev's statue which alleged that the purpose of removing the monuments is to provoke aggression towards Russia, that the removal is immoral and illegal, and that Prague committed a crime by removing the Konev monument.

Disinfo: On May 2, 2014 in Odessa, Ukrainian authorities killed peaceful demonstrators

On May 2, 2014, the Ukrainian city of Odessa survived a major massacre. Under the tutelage of the authorities, the Maidan nationalists burned dozens of people alive in the town’s Union House just because they were peacefully defending their rights.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative about the Odessa tragedy. No trial has yet established the responsibilities of the different actors before a court and this is denounced by the UN Human Rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, yet there is a total of 5 cases on trials and 3 investigations being carried on. Media reported about the tragedy in May 2014 : the BBC, the Guardian, the DW. A chronology of the events has been established (1 and 2) and a non partisan documentary film by Ukrainian Channel 7 has collected testimonies: May 2nd without Myth.

Disinfo: The entire civilised West is now declaring war against China

How is it possible that Ukrainians, part of the European nation, receive help from communist China, against which the entire civilised West is now declaring war. Ukrainians are therefore traitors to the civilised West.

Disproof

The West has not declare war against China. However, there is a question about the investigation into the origins of the pandemic. EU has supported a project from the World Health Organisation to performing an independent probe into the causes of the pandemic. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: The West plans to attack China financially for the coronavirus outbreak just as it did to Russia and The "Operation COVID-19" should have led to the overthrow of three world leaders.