With a quick move, the camera zooms in on the map of Ukraine. One by one, pieces of Ukrainian territory get wolfed down by the EU member states, Hungary, Romania and Poland. “Kyiv’s eccentricity has already split the country”, the presenter explains intensively.

Since Transcarpathia belonged to Hungary prior to the beginning of the 20th century, Budapest wants to “regain control” of the region. “In the south it’s not at all historically Ukrainian either” and “the Poles are keeping an eye on Ukrainian Galicia, Polissia and Volhynia”,  TV Channel Rossiya 1’s presenter concludes.

In the end, the Western aggressors are portrayed as having grabbed the whole of western Ukraine with just a rump state left around Kyiv.

TV Channel Rossiya 1 disinformed its viewers with a map on 21 September 2018.

Those behind the Russian disinformation campaign have quickly learned how to visualise their core false narratives. The state that really occupies territories in Ukraine – Russia – is blaming the West for its supposed ambition to do the same.

This is just one example in a row of similar instances of deceiving with maps.

Fictional map of the horrors of Europe

During Catalonia’s unofficial independence referendum, the Russian state-controlled propaganda machine pushed out the message that Spain is on the brink of a civil war; that all of Europe is divided by separatist movements, and risks splitting up even more. As an illustration it used this map of the dystopic future of Europe, where most of the western European countries are cut up into small parts.


Channel 1 showed 8 October 2017 a map where most of the western European countries are divided into parts.

One disinformation narrative aims to present Europe as deteriorated and racked by its own internal crises; but to serve the purposes of another disinformation message this same Europe suddenly changes into a superpower of aggression, to show that Russia is encircled by Russophobic enemies under constant war preparation to dismantle their eastern neighbor. See here how there has in fact been a clear record of attempts to build strong cooperation between the EU, NATO, and Russia.

Internally, the latter narrative intends to guarantee maximum support for the Kremlin. And for the external audiences its objective is to reduce the chance of countermeasures against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, its condoning the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, or the Salisbury attack in the UK, by portraying such possibilities as “Russophobia”.

When we look at this week’s disinformation coverage, it seems that the brief honeymoon the West enjoyed in its treatment in the Russian state media around the FIFA World Cup and Trump-Putin summit is now over. Earlier, we saw exactly the same pattern ahead of the US election in 2016.

The house of mirrors

Thus, we heard that the West uses Ukraine to destroy Russia, just like it used Nazi Germany to destroy the USSR in 1938; that Kyiv is sabotaging the work of the Minsk Trilateral Group; and that the downing of Russian plane Il-20 in Syria was an act of aggression against Syria orchestrated by the US. Here the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign seems to having moved permanently to the house of mirrors: in fact it was Russia’s ally Syria that shot down the plane.

This disinformation did not stop in Russia, but spread the message of the hostile West to other countries as well. It distorted the poll figures ahead of the referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and claimed that the “overwhelming majority” of Macedonians reject renaming the country “for the purposes of membership in NATO and the European Union under US dictate”. Russian media has clearly and deliberately given greater visibility to messaging in support of boycotting the referendum.

Failures of professional disinformers

But sometimes even the most experienced propagandists from the Russian Defense Ministry channel TV Zvezda may fail, also with maps. Earlier, this channel released a cartoon where Crimea was put right where it belongs – in Ukraine. This accidentally published factual information was too much for a channel that bases its reporting on such disinformation as “Ukrainians steal food from pigeons in order to survive“. So Zvezda deleted the cartoon.

Soros tries to sow discord between Europe and China
Additional details: George Soros tries to sow discord between Europe and China. As soon as Brussels initiated a rapprochement with China, the anti-Chinese human rights activists intensified their activity in Europe. Everyone knows that Human Rights Watch is sponsored by George Soros, who uses it as an instrument to put pressure on the EU or China.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: regnum.ru/news/polit/2487332.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Regnum news agency
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Open Society Foundation is HRW partner, but this does not justify the conclusions the article gives no evidence to.

Conspiracy theory on Geroge Soros is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/

https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77169&date=

Keywords: EU, George Soros
Countries: China, EU
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US asked Israel to organize the crash of Russian jet IL-20 in Syria
Additional details: US asked Israel to provoke the crash of the Russian jet IL-20 with the further aim to strike Russian military bases in Syria, said Sergei Markov, director of the Institute of Political Studies, member of the Public Chamber of Russia.

"I think, they [the Israel Air Forces] were asked by Americans to do that (organize the crash of IL-20), I say honestly! Right next to our bases, our plane crashed. They are coming to our military facilities in Syria and are preparing, in fact, to strike at them!", said Markov.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvXl66IP50, time @ 09:04
Disinforming outlet(s): TV show ‘Mesto vstrechi’ @ NTV channel
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US and Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&date=

On the night of September 17-18, Syrian regime military forces shot down a Russian military plane by accident shortly after Israeli Air Force planes conducted an air raid inside Syria. All 15 crew member aboard the Ilyushin Il-20 maritime patrol aircraft were killed.Further debunking by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/syrian-regime-forces-shot-down-russian-military-plane-by-accident/29498924.html

In Syria, the US Army officials support constant contacts with Russian officers to prevent any military accidents there between Washington and Moscow.

According to Israel Defense Forces, the Russian plane was shot down by the Syrian air defenses who pulled the trigger and launched and SAS missile at the Ilyushin Il-20. "By the time Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had been launched (when the accident took place), Israeli warplanes responsible for the overnight operation were already back within Israeli airspace".

Moreover, Russian president Vladimir Putin himself has declared that it looks "most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft".

 

 

Keywords: Il-20, US, Syrian War
Countries: Israel, Russia, US, Syria
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The Investigators Were Silent, Following New Russian Claims on MH17
Additional details: "We are unfortunately living in a propaganda era, when media and the Western establishment are trying to discredit any information coming from Russia. The team that investigates the plane’s downing will be obliged to take into account this new information released by the Russian authorities but the international community will remain silent. They prefer not to speak on a topic where they were wrong. They are and will remain totally silent on a subject. Their silence proves that this information is true and credible."
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

On Monday 17 September, the JIT, tasked with probing the case, issued a statement saying it had “taken note of the information that has been publicly presented by the authorities of the Russian Federation for the first time today.” The JIT went on to say that it had asked for the Russian Federation to provide “all relevant information” as early as 2014, specifically requesting in May of this year “information concerning numbers found on several recovered missile parts.”​

The JIT said it would “meticulously study” the new material once the new documents are made available, adding that information previously provided by Russia “had proven to be “factually inaccurate,” citing the “alleged presence of a fighter plane in the vicinity of MH17 on radar imagery presented to the public on (at) a press conference in July 2014.”​

Read the full debunk by Polygraph.: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-mh17-russia-missile-claim/29501085.html?ltflags=mailer

Keywords: MH17
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Kyiv is sabotaging the work of the Minsk Trilateral Group
Additional details: Kyiv is sabotaging the work of the Minsk Trilateral Group, announced the so-called human rights commissioner of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Daria Morozova. She claimed that Ukrainian representatives boycotted the last meeting which took place in Minsk on 19 September.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ukraina.ru/news/20180920/1021194287.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative.

According to Daryna Olifer, spokeswoman for Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Group, Ukrainian representatives actively participated in the last trilateral group meeting. During the negotiations the Ukrainian side insisted on additional security measures in the Donbas region running up to the November elections that the separatist enclaves have decided to hold, elections which both Ukraine and the OSCE say contradict the terms of the Minsk accords. OSCE statement here.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have announced they will be holding elections on November 11. Ukraine, the European Union and the OSCE have condemned the move saying it violates the Minsk negotiation process.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Russia was not allowed to meet Yulia Skripal
Additional details: "For six months we (i.e. Russia) have been demanding, asking, and citing the legal grounds for getting consular access to the Russian citizen Yulia Skripal. In various forms, on various obviously far-fetched pretexts, we are not allowed to do this.”
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.rus.rusemb.org.uk/fnapr/5518
Disinforming outlet(s): rus.rusemb.org.uk
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

In fact, Yulia Skripal said in an interview that she was aware of Russian officials’ offers to meet, and that she refused on her own volition. “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can,” Yulia Skripal said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

Read more by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/yulia-skripal-refused-to-meet-with-russian-consulate-officials-fact-check/29502966.html?ltflags=mailer 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal
Countries: UK, Russia
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Neo-Nazis preparing to assault a monastery in Kyiv
Additional details: Neo-Nazis are preparing to assault the monastery Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra on 14 October, when Ukrainians celebrate Pokrov (Protection of the Mother of God) Day.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Zvezda TV
Narodny Korrespondent
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. In his interview, mentioned by pro-Kremlin media, the Metropolitan Pavel said that "there are threats that on October 14, on  Pokrov Day, there will happen assaults on the so called Moscow centres", he did not mention Neo-Nazis or specifically assaults on the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.

A similar disinformation case from 2017 to be found here. Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: Western values, Monuments, Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine
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Russia has long been adapted and it's not sensitive to the Western sanctions
Additional details: The Chairman of the Duma Committee on financial market Anatoly Aksakov said that Russia has long been adapted to the sanctions decisions of foreign States and it's not sensitive to these decisions. He emphasized that "sanctions are stupid" and Russia should deepen the cooperation with China, India, North and South Korea, Japan.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Rambler
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sanctions+russia&disinfo_issue=&date=

According to the economic researches, the Russian economy experienced a slowdown, massive depreciation of the ruble by more than 50% against the US dollar in 2015, a substantial increase in the inflation rate and a substantial outflow of capital. An assessment by the (Institute of Economic Forecasting) estimates the potential impact of the sanctions for the Russian economy at 8% to 10% of GDP.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Since March 2014, the European Union has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The EU has prolonged the sanctions against Russia until 15 March 2019. The restrictive measures imposed by the EU involve: economic sanctions, diplomatic measures, individual restrictive measures (asset freeze and travel restrictions), restrictions on economic relations with Crimea and Sevastopol and restrictions on economic cooperation.

Recently, the US has adopted new sanctions against Russia over the March poisoning in the U.K. of Skripals.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Anti-Russian, Economic difficulties, The West, Sanctions
Countries: Russia
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Russian MFA Spokesperson Maria Zakharova received an international PR award
Additional details: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova received the international award PROBA for outstanding services in the field of Public Relations. According to the organizers, she "changed the attitude towards the PR industry in her country".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: tass.ru/obschestvo/5588328
Disinforming outlet(s): News agency Tass
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

PROBA is a national award, founded by the Russian agency SPN Communications. Even if it classifies itself as "international", all the nominees were Russians and the jury was composed only by Russians.

According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, "the partnership agreement between PROBA and ICCO allows the winners of the Russian award to participate automatically in the ICCO Global World Awards, which gives an opportunity for Russian companies to enter into the competition for an international award".

Further debunk by The Insider: https://theins.ru/antifake/118376

Keywords: Russian superiority, Maria Zakharova
Countries: Russia
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US and Israel are treating terrorists in a hospital in Syria
Additional details: The West and Israel were treating terrorists in Syria. They were sponsoring a hospital for the Syrian militants, the civilians did not have access to these medical services.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Utro.ru
Ria Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=US&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77109&date=

No evidence given that this hospital has been created for the for the "Syrian militants".

Further debunk by The Insider here.

Keywords: Syrian War, The West
Countries: Israel, Russia, US, Syria
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Angela Merkel publicly insulted Theresa May
Additional details: Angela Merkel demonstratively humiliated the British PM Theresa May in Salzburg, by refusing to shake her hand. In this way Merkel avenged May for the "Brexit". 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Gazeta.ru
Ren TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In fact, the video from the summit in Salzburg shows that May stands in the crowd of her colleagues and shakes hands with them, and Merkel approaches this crowd. The British PM turns to Merkel for a moment, smiling. Then the Chancellor of Germany shakes hands with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who stands next to May. She also begins to shake hands with the rest of her colleagues, still with a smile on her face. As Merkel stands with her back to the camera, throughout the scene we do not see the expression on her face.

It is worth noting that on the videos published earlier that day, we see that May and Merkel enter the building of the summit together, talking between themselves. It is therefore not surprising that later they welcomed other colleagues - they had already greeted each other earlier.

Further debunk by The Insider.

Keywords: Theresa May, Brexit, Angela Merkel
Countries: UK, Germany
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Audiences believe that RT gives the most truthful information about MH17
Additional details: Audiences believe that RT gives the most truthful information about the MH17. According to a Danish research, the RT channel has an exceptional influence on social networks, says The Washington Post.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Sputnik Osetia
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The research mentioned by The Washington Post is called "State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation". It states that RT is the most important profile among the top 50 profiles in the disinformation network. The research does not say that the audience would believe that RT gives the "most truthful information".

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

A recent study made by The Washington Post shows that the RT audience began to be more sceptical towards this channel. For example, 74% of viewers of the RT interview with the suspects in the Skripal poisoning said that the stories were implausible. Some viewers noted that the interview was not convincing and called the RT "fake news".

Keywords: Russia Today (RT), MH17
Countries: Russia
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The EU-Georgia Association Agreement report focuses solely on LGBT
Additional details: The report assessing the EU-Georgia Association Agreement implementation focuses solely on the protection of the LGBT rights. 45 million granted to Georgia by EU will be spent on defending the rights of minorities instead of economic growth. "Georgian government nourishes the EU like a snake in its bosom", says the leader of St. Ketevan Martyr’s Church in Avchala, Georgia.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Geworld.ge
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The European Parliament's report is related to 5 topics: political dialogue; rule of law and good governance; respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; trade and economic relations; energy and other fields for cooperation.

On August 31, the EU officially allocated 45 million euros to cover part of the financial needs and support economic reforms. The assistance is provided within the frames of the Association Agreement and it distributed in two tranches. 10 million euros will be provided in the form of grants and the remaining 35 million euros in medium-term loans, at favourable financing conditions.

More information on Mythdetector.

Keywords: EU, LGBT
Countries: EU, Georgia
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In all polls, Macedonians have rejected the agreement to rename the country and erase their national identity
Additional details: In all polls, Macedonians have overwhelmingly rejected the government’s agreement with Greece to rename their country and therefore erase their Macedonian ethnic and national identity, but particularly for the purposes of membership in NATO and the European Union under US dictate. The polls reveal that between 80 percent and 90 percent of Macedonians will boycott the referendum.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik in English
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The source of Sputnik’s polling data is not clear. Further debunking by the DFRLab: https://medium.com/dfrlab/electionwatch-sputnik-misleading-in-macedonia-bc8294aeebe2

International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights survey states that there are “increasing levels of optimism and support for joining the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ahead of the referendum.” The survey report stated:

A combined 57 percent “completely support” (37 percent) or “somewhat support” (20 percent) the proposal for Macedonia to join the EU and NATO under the new name “Republic of North Macedonia.” The same proportion (57 percent) believe that the benefits of accession justify the acceptance of the new name. Half of the respondents (49 percent) intend to vote in favor of resolving the name dispute, compared to 22 percent who intend to vote against the proposed change.

Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO, Referendum
Countries: Macedonia, Greece, EU
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Downing of Russian Il-20 in Syria was an act of aggression against Syria orchestrated by the USA
Additional details: Downing of Russian Il-20 in Syria was absolutely an act of aggression against Syria orchestrated by the USA.

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The incident was a US-orchestrated provocation.

 

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUaYCNMReQo
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @ Russia 1, 12:42, 23:31
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US and Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&date=

On the night of September 17-18, Syrian regime military forces shot down a Russian military plane by accident shortly after Israeli Air Force planes conducted an air raid inside Syria. All 15 crew member aboard the Ilyushin Il-20 maritime patrol aircraft were killed.Further debunking by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/syrian-regime-forces-shot-down-russian-military-plane-by-accident/29498924.html

In Syria, the US Army officials support constant contacts with Russian officers to prevent any military accidents there between Washington and Moscow.

According to Israel Defense Forces, the Russian plane was shot down by the Syrian air defenses who pulled the trigger and launched and SAS missile at the Ilyushin Il-20. "By the time Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had been launched (when the accident took place), Israeli warplanes responsible for the overnight operation were already back within Israeli airspace".

Moreover, Russian president Vladimir Putin himself has declared that it looks "most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft".

Keywords: Il-20, Provocation
Countries: Russia, US, Syria
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Anglo-Saxons realise that Ukraine is the most practical instrument in the fight against Russia
Additional details: "The US is moving the risks of a confrontation over Syria to Ukraine. Ukraine is the bridgehead for the fight of the collective West against Russia," as "Anglo-Saxons realize that Ukraine is the most practical instrument in the fight against Russia". Provocations inspired by the West are likely to happen on Ukraine's border with Crimea, in southeast Ukraine and on the Azov Sea shore.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/944dgbXJCCY
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravo Golosa @ TV Centre, 1:09:20 -1:11:28
Reported by: East Stratcom Task Force
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West and Ukraine as aggressors. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych'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. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

Keywords: Provocation, Destabilising Russia, The West, Crimea, Azov
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Syria
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Europeanization of Moldova can turn into Islamisation
Additional details: The Europeanization of the Republic of Moldova can turn into Islamisation.

Moldova surrendered its economy through the free trade (agreement) with the EU. Many important Moldovan politicians are under the influence of the Arab sheikhs. Over the past two years, there were numerous trips of leading politicians to such countries as Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia and vice versa. It seems that these countries are intensively sent to Moldova to colonize it. Thus, the Islamisation of the Republic of Moldova will take place in the near future.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about islamisation: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/figure-of-the-week-50/

No evidence given.

Regarding the The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), this is compatible with all other free trade agreements that Moldova is part of, and does not limit Moldova's ability to export its products to other countries. Moldova also retains full sovereignty over its trade policy since it is not a member of any customs union. The EU is Moldova’s first trading partner and biggest investor in the country. In 2016, it accounted for 66% of Moldova’s overall exports and 55% of total trade. 

Keywords: Eastern Partnership, EU, Islamisation
Countries: Moldova, EU
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The EU does not want to have a dialogue with Russia
Additional details: The EU elites do not want to have a dialogue with Russia, therefore Moscow has to continue its successful policy of intimidation towards Europe, said Fyodor Biryukov, director of the Institute of Freedom, member of the Bureau of the Presidium of the Political Council of the "Rodina" Party.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRM-rrB6iEo, timing 17:53
Disinforming outlet(s): "Mesto vstrechi" @ NTV, time 17:53
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

There is a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation.The EU and NATO repeatedly emphasized their intention to have a "constructive dialogue with Russia".

There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.

Keywords: EU, Anti-Russian
Countries: Russia, EU
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The murder of Russian pilots has been provoked by Israel and the US
Additional details: There has been no response from the Russian Ministry of Defence on the incident in Syria - the murder of Russian pilots that has been provoked by Israel and, possibly, by the US, deserves much tougher retaliatory measures.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal (1tv.ru), time 18:42
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US and Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&date=

On the night of September 17-18, Syrian regime military forces shot down a Russian military plane by accident shortly after Israeli Air Force planes conducted an air raid inside Syria. All 15 crew member aboard the Ilyushin Il-20 maritime patrol aircraft were killed.Further debunking by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/syrian-regime-forces-shot-down-russian-military-plane-by-accident/29498924.html

In Syria, the US Army officials are in constant contact with Russian officers to prevent any military accidents there between Washington and Moscow.

According to Israel Defense Forces, the Russian plane was shot down by the Syrian air defenses who pulled the trigger and launched and SAS missile at the Ilyushin Il-20. "By the time Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had been launched (when the accident took place), Israeli warplanes responsible for the overnight operation were already back within Israeli airspace".

Moreover, Russian president Vladimir Putin himself has declared that it looks "most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft".

Keywords: Il-20, Provocation
Countries: Israel, Russia, US, Syria
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EU uses the US position as a guideline in its relations with Russia
Additional details: EU uses the US position as a guideline in its relations with Russia, because it's scared by a possible creation of a Russian-European empire, says Fyodor Biryukov, director of the Institute of Freedom, member of the Bureau of the Presidium of the Political Council of the "Rodina" Party.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRM-rrB6iEo, timing 17:53
Disinforming outlet(s): "Mesto vstrechi" @ NTV TV-channel, time 17:53
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-usa-is-controlling-europe-through-occupied-germany/

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

NATO and the US have provided vital stability and security to Europe for many years.

Keywords: EU, Anti-Russian, US
Countries: Russia, EU, US
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Ukraine is an artificial construct and its "disintegration" will continue if it remains hostile to Russia
Additional details: Ukraine is an artificial construct and its "disintegration" will continue if it remains hostile to Russia.

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On the contrary to former Ukrainian President Kuchma's book "Ukraine is not Russia", in fact "Ukraine is Russia".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Channel One TV, 23:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10 Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.

As for Moscow's aggression: 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 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf. See further debunking here.

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukraine plans to Kill With Impunity in Donbas
Additional details: Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin has turned to the US for the right to kill with impunity.

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Whereas for Russia and "DPR" and "LPR" the main thing is to prevent more people dying, Ukraine's primary objective for Donbas is to blockade it and starve it to death.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5cL9IFYOBk
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @ Rossiya 1, time 10:08 and 21:26
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Foreign Minister Klimkin said on Sunday, in his interview to the independent "Radio NV", that Ukraine is preparing together with international partners a new UN resolution for peace-keeping mission on the occupied territories in the conflict zone of Donbas.

The key elements of this resolution are:

  • Bringing international peace-keeping forces;
  • Introducing police patrols, which would disarm illegal military groups;
  • International administration, which would take over the control from the so-called "DPR/LPR authorities".

More than 10,000 people have died during the war, including 3,000 civilians. Russia's support to the separatists continues fuelling the war.

Keywords: Pavlo Klimkin, Genocide, DPR, LPR, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The West uses Ukraine to destroy Russia like it used the Nazi Germany to destroy USSR in 1938
Additional details: The West wants to destroy Russia, just as it did in 1938 through the Munich Agreement, by using the Nazi Germany. Now it uses Ukraine as a "battering ram" to destroy "our country". The West also does this through sanctions, political pressure and NATO exercises, said Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the magazine 'Natsionalnaya oborona', member of the Public Council under the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RUbt6GnN4, timing 37:28
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym’ @ ‘Rossia 1’ TV-channel, time 37:28
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions and West's aggression. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sanctions&disinfo_issue=&date= euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=

Between the years 1939 and 1941, it was Soviet Russia who was Nazi Germany's ally - the two countries simultaneously invading Poland. Later during WWII, Soviet Russia, the UK, the US and many other countries were the allies in an anti-Hitler coalition. The 1938 Munich agreement had nothing to do with Soviet Russia.

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

The 28 EU Member States imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation unanimously and transparently because of the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country.

Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, Destabilising Russia, The West, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: USSR, Russia, Ukraine, EU, Germany
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A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group and showing "three versions" of a staged attack
Additional details: The agreement [between Putin and Erdoğan] also thwarted an alleged plan to stage a chemical attack and lay the blame for it at the door of the Syrian government.

A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group showing "three versions" of a staged attack.

 

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Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOSENumG1oM
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1, time 41:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Another round of disinformation about the White Helmets preparing a staged chemical attack in Syria started spreading on August 25 by the Russian Ministry of Defence; see latest cases on White Helmets: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

Russia, backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has been preparing for an offensive on the city of Idlib. After Putin’s talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters there would not be an offensive now. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-putin-erdogan-hope/russia-and-turkey-agree-to-create-buffer-zone-in-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1LX1BU

According to Bellingcat, “it is clear that Russia and its allies are intent on muddling the media landscape in the event that Assad yet again uses chemical weapons during a future Idlib offensive.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/02/russian-disinformation-campaign-syria-threatened-spark-new-war/

Read more: www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/08/31/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-les-intox-de-la-russie-pour-brouiller-les-pistes_5348708_4355770.html#xtor=AL-32280270

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

 

Keywords: false flag, Idlib, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Syrian War, Vladimir Putin
Countries: Turkey, Russia, Syria
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Donbas is Russian territory as well as Transcarpathia is Hungarian
Additional details: The region of Donbas in the East of Ukraine is a territory of Russia as well as Transcarpathia in the West of Ukraine is a territory of Hungary.

"If we ask that Russian people in Ukraine to leave their land, the graves of their ancestors and then come here, then it will be a treason. The Hungarians, who are protecting their land and their citizens by issuing of Hungarian passports (to the ethnic nationals in Ukraine), are acting absolutely right!", said Konstantin Knyrik, editor-in-chief of the pro-Kremlin news agency "News Front".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QocfaAPVdMc, timing 1:10:47
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ @ NTV TV-channel, time 1:10:47
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Russia's actions in Ukraine are a clear violation of international law. Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations". UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum. The UN rejects attempts of Russia or any other state to change the state boarders of Ukraine.

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Russian expansionism, Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Russian world, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Hungary, Russia, Ukraine
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No proof against Russia in Skripal case
Additional details: No proof against Russia in Skripal case.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/nOSENumG1oM?t=2968
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1, 49:30
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of either one of the two persons.

Bellingcat can confirm the authenticity of the leaked passport file of “Boshirov”, and that it contains all three markings that helped identify “Petrov” as a security-service asset: “Top Secret” annotations, a blank biographical page referring to a secret attached letter, a “do not provide information” stamp, and issuing authority unit 777001, exclusively used for state VIPs and intelligence officers. In addition, “Boshirov” also has no recorded history prior to the issuance of his domestic ID passport in 2010 (2009 in “Petrov”’s case). See further debunking by the Bellingcat: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/20/skripal-suspects-confirmed-gru-operatives-prior-european-operations-disclosed/

As Novaya Gazeta pointed out, the phone number in one of the suspect's documents leads directly to the Ministry of Defence, under which the military intelligence operates: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK, Russia
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Many countries agreed that sentencing Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is correct
Additional details: "Many countries have recognised Russia's right for sentencing the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov for terrorism," said Mikhail Markelov, advisor to the head of the ‘Yedinaya Rossiya’ Party in the State Duma.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QocfaAPVdMc, timing 1:28:13
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ @ NTV TV-channel, time 1:28:13
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

On the contrary: in fact, many European leaders asked to release Sentsov.

The European Parliament has demanded that the Russian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Sentsov and more than 70 Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula. The EU has stated that it expects international human rights standards on the peninsula to be upheld and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula to be released without delay.

Oleh Sentsov was convicted in a Russian military court for terrorist offences. However, according to Amnesty International and PEN International, the trial itself was littered with irregularities: Sentsov said he was tortured, the main witness of the prosecution said his evidence had been extorted under torture and he said that no terrorist acts were committed. Moreover, Sentsov was not sentenced for offences committed on February 26, 2014. www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/russian-court-jails-ukrainian-filmmaker-oleg-sentsov-for-20-years-over-terror-offences

There were clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters on February 26, 2014, but there is no proof that Sentsov threw a nerve gas grenade into the crowd. Moreover, media reports suggest there was one death during the protest, and the man presumably died of a heart attack. edition.cnn.com/2014/02/26/world/europe/ukraine-politics/index.html

Keywords: Sentsov, fake news
Countries: Russia
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A map shows: Kyiv's eccentricity has already split the country
Additional details: [A map of Ukraine divided between Russia, Hungary, Romania and Poland is shown on the studio screen with just a rump state left around Kyiv.]

"Kyiv's eccentricity has already split the country". Since Transcarpathia belonged to Hungary prior to the beginning of the 20th century, Budapest wants to "regain control" of the region, "even if no one is openly talking about it". "In the south it's not at all historically Ukrainian either" and "the Poles are keeping an eye on Ukrainian Galicia, Polissia and Volhynia".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=waEwVMfvikQ
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, 4:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining Ukraine's statehood and territorial integrity. No EU country claims any territory from Ukraine. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine+romania&disinfo_issue=&date=

As for Moscow's aggression: 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 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf. See further debunking here.

 

 

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Transcarpathia
Countries: Hungary, Romania, Russia, Poland
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A great number of Russians travel to tourist destinations in the Baltic states "to feed the Nazis"
Additional details: A great number of Russians travel to tourist destinations in the Baltic states "to feed the Nazis" with the money they leave there. All Russians should stop travelling to Russophobic countries: by travelling to the Baltic states they are feeding Russophobes and Nazis".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIT8hmPSBlE
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto Vstrechi @ NTV, 25:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation on the Baltic countries and Nazis. No evidence to substantiate the assertions that the three countries are Russophobe or fascist (two of the most common labels used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets). See more here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/https://euvsdisinfo.eu/and-you-are-a-nazi-too/https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-nazi-obsession-of-pro-kremlin-propagandists/

Keywords: Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
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Russia did not grab a piece of land from Ukraine
Additional details: “Do not believe the stupid Western propaganda that Russia grabbed a piece of Ukrainian holy land from Ukraine. Nothing like that. Crimea has been Russian since very long time and it will be forever.”
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ria.ru/society/20180909/1528120037.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria Novosti / ria.ru
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Crimea is part of Ukraine and illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and states that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

EU's sanctions remain in place because of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/18/illegal-annexation-of-crimea-and-sevastopol-eu-extends-sanctions-by-one-year/

United Nation General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262, stating that the referendum, “having no validity, cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or of the city of Sevastopol.” The resolution urged all countries “not to recognize any alteration of the status” of Crimea.

For more, read Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russian-crimea-land-grab/29496991.html?ltflags=mailer

Keywords: Historical revisionism, War in Ukraine, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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