Four years have passed since the protests and subsequent violence on Maidan square in Kyiv, and also another anniversary is soon upon us; that of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. It is therefore no surprise that we see a focus on these events in pro-Kremlin disinformation this week: anniversaries are often used as a hook to reinforce the disinformation narratives constructed to obscure the facts about what happened.

If we go through the disinformation narratives we have seen this week in a chronological order, firstly we notice the narrative that the events in Ukraine were initiated by a Western-backed coup. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation theme. The demonstrations which began on Maidan square in Kyiv in November 2013 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.

Secondly, we find the disinformation narrative that tries to blame anyone but the Yanukovych government for the killing of unarmed protesters during a couple of dark days in February 2014. This week, as we have seen often before, the snipers were suggested to have been instructed variously by the leaders of the protests, by the then US-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland or by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. This is one of the most common disinformation tactics:  to confuse the audience with a number of contradictory (and unproven) conspiracy theories.

Thirdly, we see disinforming narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea spread again, claiming that Crimea is Russian territory, that Crimea smoothly separated from Ukraine or that Crimea simply “reunited” with Russia in 2014. In fact, Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in violation of international law.

This leads us to another prevalent theme lately; disinformation about sanctions.

A case of the chicken or the egg?

In response to Russia violating international law and appropriating parts of a sovereign country, the EU and the US imposed sanctions on Russia. But in pro-Kremlin disinformation, it is those very sanctions  – and not the illegal action they respond to – that are referred to as undermining global stability. This is confusing cause and effect: a case of the chicken or the egg.

But here we actually do have an exact starting point to the problem. In the end of February 2014, “little green men” later known to be Russian soldiers, seized key buildings in Crimea. On the 18th of March 2014, President Putin signed a bill that absorbed Crimea into the Russian Federation. Cause and effect.

Disinformation cases reported in the previous week:

It was the leaders of the coup in Ukraine four years ago that were responsible for the people killed
Additional details: Dozens of young people who lost their lives in Kiev's Independence Square during a "coup" four years ago were most likely killed by snipers who were in league with protest leaders. Ukraine is a failed state, its population has dwindled from 52m to 35m since the end of the USSR, the wages are very low and "Nazi associates" have become national heroes there.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Voskresnoye Vremya" Channel One
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. 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.

Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine
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Similarities between economic and sport sanctions against Russia and neither work
Additional details:
There’s a strong resemblance between sanctions Russia faces since 2014 in trade and commerce – and “sanctions” applied against Russia before and during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.



In both cases sanctions were introduced by international bodies under strong US influence (we’re talking the EU here, of course).

...

Either those who come up with ideas of ‘punishing Russia’ – be it in sport or in commerce & trade – belong to a rare and extreme sect that believes that the ‘guilty-as-charged’ principle should always be applied.

Or they are but a bunch of cynical bastards who somehow think that they shall always come out on top – refusing to recognize that the game has changed.

Now it’s become a game of the 'zero-sum' variety, where the losses of the other side are always going to be balanced eventually by the losses of perpetrators. Sanctions and 'punishments' simply don’t work anymore.

Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from competing the Games because of state-sponsored doping leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/24/sport/olympics-russia-ceremony-intl/index.html. There is no connection between the two issues, apart from Russia breaking the rules of the international community. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/breaking-the-rules-crimea-disinformation-doping/.

Keywords: Olympics, Anti-Russian, Sanctions
Countries: Russia, EU, US
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EU postpones extension of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed after the reunification of Crimea
Additional details: The European Union is not ready to make a formal decision to extend sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia and Ukraine due to procedural issues, there is no new date yet.

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Since 2014, Moscow's relations with Western states have deteriorated due to the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea's reunification with Russia following a referendum. The EU member states and the US imposed several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, while Moscow has repeatedly refuted the allegations of interference in Ukraine's affairs, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/. As of now, the economic sanctions are valid until 31 July 2018. The targeted individual restrictive measures, namely a visa ban and an asset freeze, currently against 150 people and 38 entities, last until 15 March 2018. The restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, are currently in place until 23 June 2018 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/.

Keywords: EU, Anti-Russian, International Law, Sanctions, Crimea
Countries: Europe, Russia
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Sweden beef up military strength due to Russophobic rhetoric
Additional details: The Swedish armed forces have called for military spending and the number of servicemen to be more than doubled by 2035 to combat future challenges, with Russia listed as the main one.

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The “irrational myth about the almighty Russian threat” was recently criticized by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference. A day before delivering his speech there, Lavrov told Euronews that “only an inflamed imagination” could come up with the idea that Moscow was about to attack the Baltics or Poland, but Russophobic rhetoric in the West never seems to abate.

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Crimea reunited with Russia in spring 2014 after the move was overwhelmingly approved in a snap referendum. The popular vote was prompted by a violent coup in Kiev, and the almost immediate offensive on regions in the country’s southeast, where locals refused to recognise the newly imposed regime.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/. In fact, it is Russias own actions towards sovereign states and Russia's own increase in military capacity that results in it being perceived as the main threat to security in the Baltic region, according to the report by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Crimea did no "reunite" with Russia. 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: Baltic sea, security threat, Military, Russophobia, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Sweden
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In Ukraine, Zaitseve, there is a war not against the Russian army but against the children and civilians of this village
Additional details: I was particularly impressed by the visit to the village of Zaitseve. You know, there's a war going on there. And there is a war not against the Russian Army, but against the children and civilians of this village. There are 1,200 people in the village of Zaitsevo now. And there are 200 children among them. And just 300 meters to the front line. And with me visiting it, the shelling occurred there. There were shelling on civilians. And we did not see any soldiers or Russian tanks, which are being reported about always and everywhere by Ukraine.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf0HioReT5g
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV TV-channel, 1:02:25
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

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.

The statement was made in the NTV studio by a German local politician who visited Ukrainian territories of Donbas controlled by separatists supported by Russia. As a leader of the NGO ‘Volksdiplomatie’ (‘People's Diplomacy’), Andreas Maurer is advocating the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and calling for the abolition of  sanctions imposed by the EU.

In attempt to prove the report, Mr Maurer demonstrated photos of an unknown deserted ruins in the countryside (time-code 1:05:17) that caused strong criticism from a Ukrainian political analyst, who demanded substantive evidence and who was subsequently attacked by the show host (time-code 1:07:00).

Keywords: War crimes, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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In February 2014, Victoria Nuland ordered American secret service to use snipers in Kyiv
Additional details: This armed coup d'état [Ukrainian Revolution of Destiny] was organised directly by Victoria Nuland under the common protectorate of US Vice President Joe Biden and the US special services. It was, in many ways, because of her orders that these American specialists were leading snipers, who shot people at the Maidan.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/Sf0HioReT5g?t=2578
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV TV-channel, 43:00
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has spread different versions of the identity of the snipers. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=snipers+&disinfo_issue=&date= and https://www.polygraph.info/a/journalist-claims-georgian-mercenary-snipers-killed-civilians-during-maidan/28888892.html

Furthermore, the spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The vast majority of the protesters (up to two million at one time nationwide) consisted of peaceful Ukrainian citizens. http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_37844-1522-2-30.pdf?140612145651

Keywords: Victoria Nuland, Joe Biden, Secret services, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine, US
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The US fooled the Czechs by selling Czech weapons to terrorist groups
Additional details: During the past decades, the US has played the role of the 'police of the world'. Yet the US has been the one pulling the strings in the background. This is also what they are doing with the crisis in Syria: Czech media wrote that Czech weapons were found in the possession of Syrian Islamic militants, but the Czech government says it did not break any international agreements because the US bought the weapons and then gave them to the terrorist groups.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Világfigyelő
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation about US supporting terrorists in Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=isis+us&disinfo_issue=&date=

The article refers to information initially published by the OCCRP. In fact, according to OCCRP,  Pentagon is arming rebels in Syria and does not mention terrorists. For background see https://www.occrp.org/en/makingakilling/the-pentagon-is-spending-2-billion-on-soviet-style-arms-for-syrian-rebels and http://www.praguemonitor.com/2017/09/14/investigative-journalists-usa-delivered-czech-arms-syria

Keywords: Terrorism
Countries: Iraq, Syria
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The Muslim conquest of Europe is continuing, and the West is in decline
Additional details: The Muslim conquest of Europe is continuing, and the West is in decline. The situation is worst in Sweden, which only has a couple of years left. The government is raising working hours higher and higher and the pensions system needs to be reformed - all because the social welfare system is overburdened by immigrants. The second to fall will be Italy and France, especially after Emmanuel Macron announced he would start negotiations about placing France on Islamic foundations.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Világfigyelő
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation that Sweden is collapsing due to migration https://euvsdisinfo.eu/imminent-threat-of-civil-war-in-sweden/. Actually, Sweden is doing quite well https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/why-sweden-beats-most-other-countries-at-just-about-everything/.

President Emmanuel Macron never said he intends to negotiate about placing France on Islamic foundations.

 

Keywords: Islamisation, The West, Migration crisis
Countries: Europe, Sweden, France
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There is no evidence that 13 Russians influenced anything but the US has found they had influenced everybody
Additional details: [The US court] has found that they [13 indicted Russians] had influenced everybody. And at the same time, there is no evidence proving they [these Russians mentioned above] had influenced something. But they had interfered.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpxkJPgJ1OY
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 1:53
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

The US Justice Department charged 13 Russians and three companies on February 16, 2018. The indictment does not say that 13 Russians "influenced everybody".

The indictment presents 37 pages of evidence that the defendants "conspired to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the US. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016".

Keywords: election meddling
Countries: Russia, US
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Maidan was organised by Georgian fighters and resulted in attacks by Ukraine on Russia
Additional details: Georgian fighters organised Maidan in the center of the Ukrainian capital, and as a result the attacks on Russia began.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IyWLoiF72I
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 2:42
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

No evidence given to prove that in 2014 any “Georgian fighters” organised protests in Ukraine.

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.

Finally, Ukraine has never attacked Russia nor before or after Euromaidan. On the contrary, it was Moscow, which annexed the Ukrainian territory [the Crimean Peninsula] and and started military intervention in 2014.

For further debunking about recurring disinformation on Georgian snipers, see StopFake, Myth Detector, The Insider and Polygraph.

Keywords: Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine, Georgia
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The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder
Additional details:
Four years ago this weekend, Ukraine’s democratically-elected, albeit deeply corrupt, government was overthrown in a Western-backed coup which set off a chain reaction of events, tearing one of Europe’s largest countries asunder.



The “EuroMaidan” movement pledged to wipe out corruption, improve living standards and integrate Ukraine into the west. On all counts, it has failed miserably.

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The human toll of Maidan has also been extraordinary. Given the post-coup/revolution regime was dominated by western Ukrainians, an insurgency kicked off in the east and south, with ethnic-Russian locals fearful their culture would fall victim to nationalists. Thus, backed by varying degrees of Moscow support, Crimea, and parts of Lugansk and the Donbas separated from Ukraine. And while the former (where thousands of Russian troops were already legally stationed) enjoyed a smooth divorce, the latter pair have endured a horrible war, with over 10,000 deaths so far. No end appears to be in sight, as Kiev refuses to fulfil its obligations under the Minsk peace agreements, and Moscow shows few signs of softening its stance on how the deal must be implemented in full.

Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. 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: Coup, Euromaidan, The West, Crimea
Countries: Ukraine
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US spy planes spotted near Russia’s Crimea
Additional details:


US surveillance planes have intensified flights along the Russian border, according to the CivMilAir portal, which monitors military aviation flights worldwide.




An EP-3 Aries reconnaissance plane with the aircraft number 157326 flew out of a US Air Force base on Crete on an hours-long mission off the Crimean coast and Russia’s southern region of Krasnodar.

 

Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Regardless of where US planes have been spotted, Crimea is not Russian - it is a part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. 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: Military, International Law, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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There is a civil war in Ukraine in which brother is killing brother
Additional details: There is a civil war in Ukraine in which brother is killing brother, and there are Ukrainians fighting Ukrainians on both sides of the barricades. During the four years of war only 11 Russians with Russian passports have been
detained in Ukraine for fighting in Donbass.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @Pervyi Kanal, 11:20
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=civil+war&disinfo_issue=&date=

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.

For further debunking see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-osce-the-pentagon-nato-headquarters-and-the-council-of-europe-do-not-recognize-the-facts-of-russias-aggression-against-ukraine-primarily-the-intrusion-of-russian-tanks-and-paratroopers-into-do/

Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Ukraine
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European Court says not to pay Donbas seniors
Additional details: The European Court wrote off millions of Kyiv debts to the self-proclaimed Donbas people’s republics and recognised Ukraine’s right not to pay pensions and social benefits to people in the occupied territories.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Novostnoye Agentstvo Kharkov, RIA Novosti, Svobodnaya Pressa, MigNews, Utro
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

What the European Court for Human Rights actually did was to dismiss the lawsuit of pensioners from Donetsk, who were challenging a suspension of pension payments and other social benefits before a court in the city where they lived.  The European Court ruled against the pensioners, noting out that they first had to go through the court system in Ukraine and only after exhausting those possibilities, sue in the European Court, as is normal practise. The Court did not find that the pensioners’ access to courts had been violated, pointing out that they had failed to go through the judicial system in Ukrainian controlled territory to pursue their case.

The court made no ruling about alleged millions Kyiv owed to the self-proclaimed republics and there is no mention of a decision not to pay pensions. The court ruled that the plaintiffs were not discriminated against based on their place of residence, as they had alleged, and pointed out that they were not in the same situation as other residents of Ukraine as the Ukrainian Government did not exercise effective control of their city.

Further debunking by Stopfake https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-europe-denies-donbas-pensions/.

Keywords: EU, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Europe, Ukraine
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US and NATO try to deny IS presence in Afghanistan
Additional details:

US and NATO military in Afghanistan makes every effort to silence and deny [the IS group’s presence in Afghanistan].

Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://tass.com/politics/990890
Disinforming outlet(s): TASS
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

The U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces have not only acknowledged the IS operations but also are aggressively targeting the group. Even so, Islamic State fighters are reportedly fleeing Iraq and Syria and heading to Afghanistan and IS is actively recruiting fighters there.

Further debunking by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/russia-says-us-denies-is-presence-in-afghanistan/29063985.html

Keywords: NATO, Daesh
Countries: Afghanistan, US
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European integration influences the price of food in Ukraine negatively
Additional details: Price of food in Ukraine grew to European levels after Ukraine signed the EU Association agreement and opened its markets to European goods. European integration influences the price of food in Ukraine negatively and the Kyiv regime is intent on making sure that food will cost more in Ukraine than in Europe.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. According to the Numbeo cost of living index, Ukraine is the least expensive country in Europe, along with Moldova, Macedonia and Albania. The site also compares prices on foodstuffs in various cities of the world, showing that Ukrainian prices on average, have a long way to go before they reach European levels. Further debunking by Stopfake https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-food-prices-nearly-equal-eu-levels/.

Keywords: EU, Trade, Economic difficulties
Countries: Europe, Ukraine
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Combat footage of Russian heroism in Syria
Additional details: Senior Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko, suddenly surrounded by the enemy,  made a decision that would earn him the rare title of Hero of the Russian Federation. He called his own grid coordinates and ordered friendly jets to bomb his position, in effect calling for his own death to deny the Islamic State the propaganda victory of a captured Russian soldier. The televised tribute spliced with combat footage of airstrikes to emphasize the moment, including roaring Su-25 ground support aircraft and one quick glimpse through a sniper’s scope of military vehicles blowing up.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The scene used to illustrate this event is from the popular combat simulator Arma III, a video game made by Prague-based Bohemia Interactive. It’s not the first time the Russian government has inserted video-game footage to purportedly show combat in Syria. Bohemia Interactive confirmed that the split-second footage was taken from their game, company spokesman Ota Vrtatko told The Washington Post. “We didn’t provide any authorization for using footage from our game in this way,” Vrtatko said. The game is a combat simulator in which opposing teams battle with customized weapons in a giant “sandbox” environment.

The episode comes three months after Russia’s foreign minister said the country had “irrefutable evidence” that U.S. troops were giving Islamic State fighters safe passage after a key Russian operation against the militants. As evidence, Russia provided images of drone footage, lifted from a smartphone game in which players attack nondescript convoys from the controls of a U.S. gunship. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/02/26/russian-state-media-just-mixed-up-syrian-war-footage-with-a-video-game-clip/?utm_term=.843f08837101

Keywords: Military, Syrian War
Countries: Russia, Syria
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The EU and NATO are dividing Europe and Ukraine is an example of this
Additional details: The EU and NATO continue to divide Europe, instead of uniting it, and Ukraine is a tragic example of this.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Interpressnews
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation to blame the situation in Ukraine on the West, although it was in fact Russia that illegally annexed Crimea. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has concluded 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 http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. Further debunking at Myth detector http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/russia-who-occupied-territories-ukraine-blames-division-country-nato-and-eu

Keywords: EU, Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, NATO, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia, Ukraine
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The Brussels establishment implement policies only to safeguard the international elite
Additional details: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has once again accused US billionaire George Soros of using his funds to buy influence in Brussels and the UN. The fears of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban are not groundless. We know very well that the Brussels’ establishment are implementing short-sighted policies that do not guarantee the European population. It seems that the European Union, the European Commission in the first place, is more oriented in guaranteeing the interests of the international elite, who are more interested in the lowering of labor costs and workers' contractual protections, glorifying the pathologies inherent in globalism.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation about the EU and about George Soros, no evidence given. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=elite&disinfo_issue=&date=.

Individual EU countries must make sure that their national laws protect rights laid down by EU employment laws (Directives). http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=82

Keywords: Brussels, EU disintegration, EU, Secret elites / global elites, George Soros
Countries: Hungary, Europe
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Upon Mikheil Saakashvili’s instructions, Georgian snipers opened fire on the protesters rallying on Ukraine’s Maidan in 2014.
Additional details: Upon Mikheil Saakashvili’s instructions, Georgian snipers - Alexander Revazishvili, Koba Nergadze and Zalogi Kvaratskhelia - opened fire on the protesters rallying on Ukraine’s Maidan square on February 20, 2014.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: Printed newspaper
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval-Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation that the snipers on Maidan were Georgian taking secret instructions from somewhere https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77122&date=, http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/fake-documentary-georgian-snipers-participation-maidan-developments, https://www.stopfake.org/en/?s=snipers.

Further debunking by Myth Detector http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/four-inaccuracies-disinformation-about-georgian-snipers-allegedly-opening-fire-protesters.

Keywords: Mikheil Saakashvili, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine, Georgia
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Finland is the only European country that has a neutral position in conflict and civil war in Donbas
Additional details: Finland is the only European country that has a neutral position in the conflict and civil war in Donbas, as it has refused to criminalise participation of Finnish citizens in the civil war on DNR side.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/C1HDNHw6poA?t=1296
Disinforming outlet(s): Youtube-channel Political Periscope
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Finland does not have a "neutral position" regarding the war in Ukraine. Finland supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. http://www.tpk.fi/public/Print.aspx?contentid=357188&nodeid=44809&culture=en-US&contentlan=2

Finland gives its full support to the EU’s common sanctions and unity. The implementation of the Minsk agreement is the first condition for lifting the EU’s sanctions on Russia. http://vnk.fi/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/paaministerit-sipila-ja-medvedev-tapasivat-oulussa?_101_INSTANCE_OQ3OcOALUpyv_languageId=en_US

There is no civil war in Donbas. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=civil+war&disinfo_issue=&date=

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.

 

Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine, DPR, Donbas
Countries: Ukraine, Finland
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Accusations that Syrian and Russian bombing of Ghouta killed civilians are unfounded
Additional details: Accusations that Syrian and Russian bombing of Ghouta killed civilians are unfounded. Accusations are baseless and with no concrete data.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Since the Syrian Government and their allies escalated their offensive against opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on 4 February, there have been more than 1,200 civilian casualties, including at least 346 killed and 878 injured, mostly in airstrikes hitting residential areas, according to reports documented by the UN Human Rights Office.

On February 22, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the situation in eastern Ghouta “a human tragedy,” saying the U.N. cannot “let things go on happening in this horrendous way”.

Further debunking  by the Polygraph.info: https://www.polygraph.info/a/ghouta-syria-russia-bombings/29059241.html

Keywords: Syrian War
Countries: Russia, Syria
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