Disinfo: What is happening in the Donbas today is a genocide

Summary

According to our assessment, what is happening in the Donbas today is genocide. Moreover, human rights are massively violated in Ukraine and there is discrimination against the Russian-speaking population.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the Ukrainian leadership as pathologically Russophobic and bent on subjecting the country's Russian-speaking population to "genocide."

Ever since the conflict broke out in 2014, pro-Kremlin coverage of this issue has been characterised by the liberal use of the term "genocide," taken to mean the Ukrainian government's alleged treatment of the non-government controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

There is no evidence that either ethnic Russians or Russian speakers are facing persecution at the hands of the Ukrainian authorities, much less the danger of annihilation on grounds of nationality, ethnicity, or cultural belonging. This has been confirmed by reports issued by the Council of Europe, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the OSCE.

For an overview of the Kremlin's deployment of the "genocide" narrative regarding Ukraine, see further debunking by EUvsDisinfo, Euromaidan Press, and POLYGRAPH.info.

Read our recent articles on 7 myths of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Russian military buildup near Ukraine, and Kremlin fabricated pretexts for further invasion to Ukraine. Read also more disinformation cases claiming that Ukraine is planning provocations in Donbas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russian language, Genocide, Donbas, War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Russophobia
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Disinfo: Just like Russiagate, Western hysteria about Ukraine is based on false information

The United States, and the West in general, thanks to their media domination, are trying to impose on the world an idea that what is happening is Russian aggression against Ukraine. Russia did absolutely nothing in Ukraine, but the hysteria in the Western press was effectively equal to Russiagate, the source of which, as we later learned, was a paid report by Hillary Clinton, based on false information from a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele.

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This article contains at least two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russia doing "absolutely nothing in Ukraine" and that Russiagate has no basis in reality.

First, the war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists.

Disinfo: The US needs war between Russia and Ukraine to weaken Russia

The US wants to wage a war between Russia and Ukraine. The point is to weaken Russia. It is the American aim since 1946. Russia is a military opponent, the only country in the world which could destroy the US. Therefore, the point of the US is to weaken or even cause Russia to collapse.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The US is not evaluating Russia as the enemy. As it is explained on the website of the Department of State, the US “supported Russia’s integration into European and global institutions and a deepened bilateral partnership in security cooperation to reinforce the foundations of stability and predictability” but could not continue this kind of policy because “Russia ultimately rejected this approach”. Washington also reacted to the aggressive behaviour of Moscow aiming to undermine core institutions of the West, "such as NATO and the EU, and to weaken faith in the democratic and free-market system."

Disinfo: Polish soldiers carried out mass executions of migrants at the Belarusian border

The Polish soldier testified that at the beginning, there were no signs that he and his companions would be forced to kill people. The soldier admitted that between 9 and 18 June 2021, he had been killing 20 persons each day at the border. The Polish soldiers did not talk about the killings between each other. Based on his data, between 200 and 700 people could have been killed in the mass executions. The places for execution were different each time. The soldiers received ammunition for their guns immediately before shooting at the migrants.

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Disinformation related to the migration situation at the EU - Belarus border.

Belarusian and Russian propaganda are using fake statements from a Polish deserter soldier Emil Czeczko, who makes groundless claims about “mass executions” of migrants in Poland.