Disinfo: What is happening in Ukraine can be called genocide of the Russian-speaking population

Summary

The rights of the Russian-speaking population are being infringed. Russian children cannot study in a Russian school and learn their native language. Russian films and songs are banned.

Even before 2014, it could be assumed that equality was observed, but after the coup d'etat and the civil war began, things got worse. In July 2021, at the suggestion of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a bill on indigenous peoples was adopted, to which Russians, according to Kyiv, do not belong. Unambiguously, what is happening can be called genocide of the Russian-speaking population. Moreover, Russians in Ukraine are being physically exterminated. Due to the civil war, a large number of people left the country.

Disproof

A mix of several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia in Ukraine, about the war in eastern Ukraine, presenting the conflict as a “civil war” and genocide. This narrative denies the role of Russian forces in the war in Ukraine. It also discredits the public protests in 2013-2014 describing them as an anti-constitutional coup.

This narrative is trying to portray Kyiv’s measures to improve the standing of the Ukrainian language as the oppression of Russian-speaking people. Ukraine passed Law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language in 2019, but this legislation only regulates the use of Ukrainian in the public spheres of life. Russian and other languages of national minorities can be freely used in private communication, religious ceremonies, book publishing, the media and education. Therefore, the claim about Russian and other minority languages being discriminated against in Ukraine is groundless.

No evidence is provided to support the claim of genocide. There is no genocide of Russians or any other national minorities in Ukraine. The rights of Russian-speaking citizens are equally guaranteed by the Ukrainian constitution and legislation including the use of language and education opportunities. Articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution guarantee the free development of the languages and cultures of Ukraine’s ethnic minorities, including Russian-speakers.

The war in Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government."

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction from several segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013, after pressure from Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 257
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Civil war, Coup, Genocide
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Disproof

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Disproof

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