The US as the main actor behind the ‘yellow vests’ protests. Ukraine as the provocateur of war, preparing a chemical attack. Both got their part in the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign this week. What a convenient way of shifting focus from the actors performing disinformation!

Yellow vests – words and deeds

The attention of pro-Kremlin outlets was focused on the ‘yellow vests’ movement, with different disinformation angles having one aim: to sow confusion and a narrative about Europe in chaos.

Many of our readers might have seen a video of French policemen taking off their helmets in front of the protesters in the city of Pau, in an attempt to calm the mood. The move was described by Newsfront, RT and Sputnik as a solidarity gesture with the protesters, with RT going further and saying that the police were now siding with them. The disinforming reports were based on the video and on a statement by a representative of the unions. In reaction, Bloomberg outlined that the union’s representative, while voicing support for protesters, was speaking for a minor French union. The disinformation about the solidarity gesture was debunked by several media, including the AFP. Only after that did disinforming outlets correct their reports.

Another case from this week, about an armoured EU vehicle allegedly suppressing French protesters, perfectly fits the narrative about Europe in chaos (and possibly on the brink of civil war). The ‘news’ was debunked by Le Monde, saying that the EU flag on one of the vehicles had to do with its previous participation in European trainings.

We have also witnessed a well-known blame game, with the US shown as the one provoking the ‘yellow vests’ protests, in the hope of weakening Europe’s position in the world. A classical move of pro-Kremlin disinformation, strengthening the picture of Europe in weakness, chaos and disarray.

Unsurprisingly, the disinforming outlets do not report extensively about the related findings described by The Times and Bloomberg. Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia were extremely active last week, circulating messages focused on violence and (again!) chaos during the protests. Possible Russian involvement in amplifying the protests – denied by Russia itself – is now being investigated by the French authorities.

Ukraine preparing a chemical attack? 

Even though the ‘yellow vests’ were at the centre of attention, the pro-Kremlin outlets found some time and space to report about one of their favourite topics – Ukrainian provocations. Their main focus in this area is now a possible chemical attack, which, according to disinforming media, Ukraine is preparing with help from the West.

Several examples were named, from assault drones deployed near Horlivka (which could be used for provocations with chemical weapons), to Ukraine extensively using drones for combat, with chemical balls attached to them, creating a lethal napalm-like gas. ‘Classical’ war efforts by Ukraine were also reported this week, including deployment of tanks to Mariupol as well as thousands of Ukrainian troops and their Western instructors moving towards the border with Russia. All those stories were not supported by any evidence. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has not reported use of chemical agents or drones in any of its recent reports.

The magical powers of President Poroshenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko was not spared by the disinforming outlets, either. Apart from being named as a war criminal and a person ready to do anything to stay in power, including introducing martial law for the sake of preventing an unfavourable election outcome, he was given magical powers, such as making people fall unconscious while close to him. Why resort to martial law or troops deployment, if you have such strengths, one might ask.

Cases described in this Disinfo Review feed into recurring disinformation narratives on Ukraine as a provocateur and on the country’s preparations to stage a chemical attack, without giving any evidence. They also draw attention away from those who truly are guilty of chemical weapons usage, or its denial. Diligent DR readers may say that they have heard it all before. However, do take note of the increasing intensity of these cases since November, reported both from Russian officials and in pro-Kremlin outlets – and also observed by EU-based media.

EU's new action plan against disinformation provides for strengthening surveillance of online platforms
Additional details: EU's new action plan against disinformation provides for strengthening surveillance of online platforms.
Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik in German
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The EU's action plan against disinformation does not impose surveillance on social media companies.

Instead the Commission will, with the help of the European Regulators Group for Audio-visual Media Services (ERGA), monitor the implementation of the commitments by the signatories of the Code of Practice and will regularly inform on whether and to what extent individual platforms are meeting these commitments.

Cooperation is purely voluntary.

https://cdn1-eeas.fpfis.tech.ec.europa.eu/cdn/farfuture/lpM1X9RnuE28GrR78F7yFA0HtKjii4TzKMvXoSg5Bn0/mtime:1544008849/sites/eeas/files/action_plan_against_disinformation.pdf

Keywords: social media, Surveillance, EU
Countries: EU
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Britain is deciding to be involved in preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine
Additional details: There is a British-backed war in Ukraine. By sending war-ships Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9eonyQntqE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT "Going Underground". (0.15 - 0.35)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question at the the beginning of the interview: "why do you think Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia [...]"? .

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about war in Ukraine and Western aggression. 

Britain is not preparing for war with Russia but demonstrating support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

On November 21st, 2018, the Defence Secretary of the UK announced that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea in 2019 to demonstrate the UK’s support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.

 

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: UK, Ukraine
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A new "NATO brigade" arrived in Donbas
Additional details: A new "NATO brigade" has arrived in Donbas.

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A division composed of 28 people in NATO uniform has arrived to Ukraine and is located near Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Interfax
Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

Previously, the Ukrainian Armed Forces press office emphasized that there are no foreigners in the war zone in eastern Ukraine, only exclusively Ukrainian military are deployed there.

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accuse foreign military of taking part in the war in Ukraine without providing any evidence, see dozens of cases in our database. Earlier, Polish Ministry for National Defence  and Lithuania's Armed Forces have confirmed that their soldiers have only delivered trainings to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and do not take part in combat actions.

Further debunking by Stop Fake.

Keywords: Military, NATO
Countries: Ukraine
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Macron and Merkel will flood Europe with millions of migrants
Additional details: Macron and Merkel will flood Europe with millions of migrants through the UN global migration pact.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Tsargrad TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about migration crisis.

The Global compact for migration is non-legally binding. It comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional and global levels.

Keywords: Global Compact for Migration, Emmanuel Macron, Migration crisis, Angela Merkel
Countries: Europe, EU, Germany, France
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The European leaders don't have children because they don't care about world's future
Additional details: The European leaders, specifically Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Jean-Claude Juncker and the PMs of Luxembourg, Scotland, The Netherlands and Sweden, don't have children because they don't care about world's future. These people don't have an inner need for the future of the world, but only in their power over it. They don't feel to have a home, therefore they gave Europe to migrants.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russkaya Planeta
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given, conspiracy theory.

In addition, there is no Prime Minister of Scotland.

Keywords: children, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Claude Juncker, Migration crisis, Angela Merkel
Countries: Europe, EU
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Europe is being turned into a “concentration camp” for migrants
Additional details: Europe is being turned into a “concentration camp” for migrants.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about migration crisis and concentration camps.

Keywords: EU, Migration crisis
Countries: Europe, EU
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Europe on a verge of civil war
Additional details: Europe is on a verge of civil war. Protests in France accelerate the creation of a Caliphate in Europe.

Washington benefits from this situation, because this is weakening Europe's position on the international stage. The US wants to avoid a Ukrainization of France, because this threatens the final degradation of NATO.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News agency REX
Regnum news agency
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about civil war and Islamisation.

Keywords: yellow vests, Protest, Civil war, Islamisation, NATO
Countries: US, France
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Ukrainian Armed Forces and the West preparing a massive rocket-air strike on Donbas
Additional details: Ukrainian Armed Forces and the West preparing a massive rocket-air strike on Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: rusvesna.su/news/1543841197
Disinforming outlet(s): Russkaya Vesna
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about alleged attacks/ provocations against Donbas.

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West
Countries: Ukraine
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Trending issue in Georgia: Islamic terrorists and migrants
Additional details: Georgian nation expressed its opinion by this voting [Presidential elections], but as far as I know, people’s concerns are related not as much to these elections, as to the situation in the region, to the flow of Islamic terrorists. They have settled pretty well in Georgia and the population awaits that the government will resolve this issue somehow. There are lots of migrants in Georgia and they feel quite well there. It has to be said that this is a trending issue, however barely discussed
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Georgia
Reported by: Mythdetector
Disproof note:

According to public opinion polls, Georgians are mostly concerned about economical issues rather than about the threat of terrorism or migration. According to the UN's 2017 International Migration Report, migrants make up a total of 2% of the Georgian population and there is a 2,63% increase in migration to Georgia over the past 17 years.

Further debunking by Mythdetector.

Keywords: Islamic extremism, Terrorism, Migration crisis
Countries: Georgia
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The US might be provoking the "yellow vest" protests in France
Additional details: The US might be provoking the "yellow vest" protests in France.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GUf4QNqqk0
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1, 56:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation around the protests in France.

Keywords: yellow vests, Protest, US presence in Europe
Countries: US, France
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Poroshenko is willing to provoke bloodshed to get re-elected
Additional details:
Poroshenko is, as we see in Kerch, as we see in Donbas, willing to do anything and provoke any kind of bloodshed in order to secure his re-election, however improbable it is.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Keywords: Kerch, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Countries: Ukraine
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‘Like denying the Holocaust’: Ukraine makes post-WWII nationalist fighters as privileged as war vets
Additional details: Ukrainian parliament has passed a law, which gives Nazi-collaborating nationalist fighters, who fought against the Soviet Union after the end of World War II, the same status as the people who fought against Nazis during the war.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis.

None of the organizations mentioned in the new Ukrainian law about social protection of participants in the struggle for country's independence in the 20th century are Nazi, the Insider notes.

Ukraine condemns Nazi regime and the promotion of its symbols.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis that is repeated ever since the outbreak of the Euromaidan revolution.

Further debunking by The Insider.

Keywords: WWII, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: USSR, Ukraine
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Ukraine plans an offensive; a chemical attack might be planned
Additional details: Thousands of troops together with Western instructors have been moved towards the border with Russia. Ukraine is also reportedly deploying tanks to Mariupol, and the separatists have seen chemical warfare vehicles - which could mean a chemical attack is being planned.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Itogi Nedeli @ NTV, time 13:35
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence of any war preparations by Ukraine. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons in the war in Ukraine, it also repeatedly accuses others of chemical weapons use to hide this use by its ally the Assad regime.

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accused Ukraine of plans for escalation without providing any evidence, see e.g. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-planning-major-hostilities-during-the-world-cup/; euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-is-increasing-its-military-presence-in-donbas-and-is-preparing-a-major-provocation/; or euvsdisinfo.eu/report/possible-that-kiev-plans-provocation-with-chemical-weapons-in-donbas/

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accuse foreign military of taking part in the war in Ukraine without providing any evidence, see dozens of cases in our database: euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77165&date=

 

Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, War in Ukraine, The West
Countries: The West, Ukraine
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More migrants - more crime and less safety in the EU
Additional details: Migrants are bringing crime and violence and they contribute substantially to Europe's decay. Eurostat's recent survey on the safest EU countries (Croatia, Poland and Slovakia) was used to 'prove' that security is directly dependant on the lack of immigrants and unwillingness to let them in. The same media also described the statistics on basic firearms licences in Germany, highlighting a substantial increase (of 130%) of licences and linking it to the bigger numbers of migrants in the country and a general increase in the murders, rapes and terror attacks caused by them.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Voice of Europe
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative regarding migrants as a threat to the EU and to the security of its member states. No evidence was presented. The original Eurostat data, to which the disinforming outlet is referring, do not say anything about the link between safety and presence of immigrants or lack thereof. Moreover, the country with the biggest number of people reporting crime, violence or vandalism, according to the same data, is Bulgaria - a country which,in light of another set of data by Eurostat, actually has one of the lowest numbers of migrants. Therefore, the disinforming outlet's arguments does not hold ground anyway. The statistical information introduced in the articles was manipulated to show correlations between the numbers and the safety threats coming from migrants. No such correlations exist.

Keywords: security threat, Terrorism, Migration crisis
Countries: Slovakia, Croatia, Germany, Poland
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Ukrainian aggression, putsch and Neo-Nazi organisations
Additional details: The intentional provocation executed by Kyiv saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait – protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.
(...) US-NATO backed putsch that seized power in Ukraine in 2013 – setting off Ukrainian-Russian tensions in the first place.
(...) the prominent role paramilitary Neo-Nazi organizations have played in both overthrowing the elected government in 2013 and militancy carried out against Russian businesses, institutions, and even Ukrainians of Russian descent– particularly in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security serviceseized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

The construction of the Kerch Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the strait. The European Union stated that it expects  Russia to stop the inspections.

Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect theinviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.

UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it.

Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine
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Poroshenko may unleash a war on Russia
Additional details: From the act of provocation in the Kerch Strait Poroshenko has moved on to phase two of his plan to escalate pre-war tensions on the Russian border. In fear of losing the March 2019 presidential election Poroshenko has come up with the idea of postponing the polls, so may now resort to unleashing a war on Russia in order to achieve that goal.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BSqpTvbNEI
Disinforming outlet(s): Post Scriptum @ TV Centre, time 25:02
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given of any preparations by Ukraine to unleash a war on Russia. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war 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 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.

Keywords: Kerch, Provocation, War in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine
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Sevastopol and Crimea have always belonged and will always belong to Russia
Additional details: Sevastopol and Crimea have always belonged and will always belong to Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvRPotgU8wY
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @ Russia 1, time 13:18
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Crimea.

Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.

UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it.

Keywords: Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukraine's Interior Minister is affiliated with British security services
Additional details: Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is affiliated with British security services, so there is "an interesting confrontation taking place in Ukraine" as Avakov and the British security services "are playing a secret game there". UK uses Ukraine for an offensive against Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/AKEBlP8hkkg?t=3682
Disinforming outlet(s): "Pravo Golosa" TV Centre
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about conspiracy against Russia.

Keywords: Secret services, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Ukraine
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Ukrainian Nazi soldiers to be declared national heroes
Additional details: The soldiers of Nazi Ukrainian formations will be declared heroes by the Kyiv authorities.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Perviy Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Ukraine does not recognize Ukrainian Nazi soldiers as heroes. None of the organizations mentioned in the new Ukrainian law about social protection of participants in the struggle for country's independence in the 20th century are Nazi. This law also does not declare their members "heroes".

Ukraine condemns Nazi regime and the promotion of its symbols.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis that is repeated ever since the outbreak of the Euromaidan revolution.

Further debunking by The Insider.

Keywords: Military, Petro Poroshenko, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine
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There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine
Additional details: There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9eonyQntqE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT "Going Underground" (2.00 - 2.07).
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question during an interview: "Is Russia playing this as badly as they did when there was a NATO-backed coup?"

It reinforces pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan.

For background:

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, NATO, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukraine revises the World War II results, in particular the verdict of the Nuremberg trials
Additional details: Ukrainian pro-Nazi World War II veterans will now enjoy the same privileges as those who fought Hitler on the side of the Red Army and the resistance. -- Ukraine revises the World War II results, in particular the verdict of the Nuremberg trials.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvRPotgU8wY
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @ Russia 1, time 31:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

None of the organizations mentioned in the new Ukrainian law about social protection of participants in the struggle for country's independence in the 20th century are Nazi. 

Ukraine condemns Nazi regime and the promotion of its symbols.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis that is repeated ever since the outbreak of the Euromaidan revolution.

Further debunking by The Insider.

Keywords: Red Army, WWII, Adolf Hitler, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukrainian troops deployed combat drones to carry out chemical provocation in Donbass
Additional details:


Ukrainian troops deployed big number of assault drones that can be used to stage provocations with chemical weapons to an area near Horlivka. Ukrainian and British military have prepared video materials based on computer graphics to be released in media outlets after a chemical provocation. The fake videos are to serve as evidence of alleged use of unmanned aerial vehicles with chemical weapons by DPR servicemen.

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

The message is based on a claim of a Russian-backed separatist leader, with no evidence given. This is classic whataboutism - it is Russia that has used computer games and fake videos as supposed evidence.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about supposed chemical provocations in Donbas.

Keywords: Donetsk, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukraine is using drones with improvised chemical balls that on impact create Napalm
Additional details: Ukraine is increasing its usage of drones for combat, attaching grenades, mortars and even little chemical balls. On impact the chemicals combine and it creates something like Napalm.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9eonyQntqE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT "Going Underground" (3.54 - 6.03)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about supposed chemical provocations in Donbas.

The author claims that about 10 days ago (counting from the 5th of December, 2018) an improvised fire-ball was dropped from Ukrainian drone on a house in a suburb of Donetsk.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has not reported use of chemical agents or drones in any of its recent reports (20 November, 2018 -  5 December, 2018).

Keywords: Donetsk, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation
Countries: Ukraine
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French police showed solidarity with the "yellow vests" protesters
Additional details: Two dozen policemen removed their helmets in front of "yellow vests" protesters in France, showing solidarity with them.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to French media, the gesture of policemen responded to a "negotiation" with the "yellow vest" protesters, it was not a sign of solidarity.

The case was reported by Bloomberg, which underlined that the information about the police supporting the Yellow Vests protesters was coming from Mr Alexander Langlois, representative of the Vigi police union. The union is representing less than 4% of the unions in France and as such, cannot speak for all of them.

Further debunking by AFP.

Keywords: yellow vests, Protest
Countries: France
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People fighting in DNR & LNR are locals, to say that it is Russian aggression is not factual
Additional details: People fighting in Donetsk National Republic and Luhansk National Republic are locals, these people have grown up here, their parents have been here, their grandparents are from here. For Western media to say it's Russian aggression, that Russia is totally at blame for all this is not factual. It is the people here that want their freedom.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9eonyQntqE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT "Going Underground".
Reported by: East Stratcom Taskforce
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

For background:

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe considers that the actions of the Russian Federation leading up to the annexation of
Crimea, and in particular the military occupation of the Ukrainian territory and the threat of the use of military
force, the recognition of the results of the illegal so-called referendum and subsequent annexation of Crimea
into the Russian Federation constitute, beyond any doubt, a grave violation of international law, including of the
United Nations Charter and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Helsinki Final
Act. website-pace.net/documents/10643/110596/20140410-Resolution1990-EN.pdf/57ba4bca-8f5f-4b0a-8258-66ca26f7117b

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/144158.pdf
At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded that Russia stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and along the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border. www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm#

According to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilize, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow. www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/Russia%20Military%20Power%20Report%202017.pdf?ver=2017-06-28-144235-937

Keywords: Donetsk, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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The areas that were put under Martial law in Ukraine are all pro-Russian areas. The Martial law is a way for Poroshenko to stay in power
Additional details: The areas that were put under Martial law in Ukraine are all pro-Russian areas, or the areas that did not vote in 2014 election because they were a part of their new countries - Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, or the areas where Poroshenko lost. Areas under martial law are the areas most against him. If the election is allowed to continue he will not be re-elected. With this martial law he has the ability to stay in power.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9eonyQntqE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT "Going Underground" (7.44 - 8.49).
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

Claims about the martial law imposed on pro-Russian areas are misleading and unsubstantiated. The martial law was applied to 10 Ukrainian regions that are bordering Russia, the Sea of Azov and unrecognised Transistria. As shown by the Polygraph, majority of those regions supported Poroshenko's candidacy in the previous presidential poll.

Keywords: Elections
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukrainian president is a war criminal
Additional details: Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is a war criminal.

(Context: Message by a commentator during a talk show devoted to depict how Ukraine supports Nazis)
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui95Sh_nRt8
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, time 15:12
Reported by: East Stratcom network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine supporting Nazism.

It was Russia that provoked a war in East of 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 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: War crimes, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukraine is the gateway for drug transit to Europe and Russia
Additional details: Ukraine is one of the main gateways for drugs to get to Russia and to Europe. It was confirmed by the United Nations and the European Union. Ukrainian citizens act as couriers and suppliers, they are also organising an underground drug production and distribution in Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Izvestia, ukraina.ru, rbc.ru, TASS
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime's latest analysis of drug markets show that drugs are transported to Europe and Russia mostly from Central Asia, the Balkan route and Afghanistan.

Further debunking by Stop Fake (in German).

Keywords: Drugs
Countries: Ukraine
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Poroshenko has a power to force people to fall ill, unconscious
Additional details: The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has a power to force people to fall unconscious. At least 9 people fell unconscious during Poroshenko's speeches.

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Ukrainian population, exhausted under rule of Poroshenko, might have attacked him on a "energetic level", but this affected people who are sitting close to the president.


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Some people who don't believe in higher powers might think these are coincidences. But Poroshenko flooded his country with blood, left millions citizens without the slightest chance for a dignified future, betrayed the Orthodox faith, turned from a parishioner of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church into her worst persecutor, so it is unlikely that he will happily end his mandate.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Zvezda
5-TV.ru
Moskovskij Komsomolets
Tsargrad TV
News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy.

Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova fainted during the speech of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the program on ICTV. The president explained that the Ombudsman works 20 hours a day for the liberation of captured Ukrainian sailors in the Azov Sea.

 

Keywords: Petro Poroshenko, Conspiracy
Countries: Ukraine
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Poroshenko is a "plain terrorist bullying his own people"
Additional details: The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is "a plain terrorist, a 100% criminal who is bullying his own people".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/vfLrYryMxZc?t=394
Disinforming outlet(s): "60 Minut" Russia 1 TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Petro Poroshenko.

Keywords: Terrorism, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine
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Sanctions against Russia give birth to corruption in the EU
Additional details: Sanctions against Russia give birth to corruption in the EU. Fruits are illegally exported from the EU to Russia through Belarus. EU farmers have to pay for getting their products into the Russian markets.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: radiovesti.ru/brand/60948/episode/2016012/
Disinforming outlet(s): Radio Vesti, @ timing 37:10
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In fact, the EU sanctions against Russia do not concern the export of fruits. It was Russia introducing an import ban, including on fruits and vegetables.

Keywords: EU, Corruption, Sanctions
Countries: Russia, EU
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EU fighting vehicles were sent to suppress the French Maidan
Additional details: It is not only the local police that are trying to stop the yellow vests protests in France, but also the military equipment of the EU. Armoured military vehicles with the EU flag are used against unarmed European protesters, who demonstrate against the EU-supported authoritarian regime. The EU is not a project of peace.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): www.tsargrad.tv
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

EU does not own any military vehicles nor has it sent any to France.

French gendarmerie deployed several armoured vehicles. One of them was marked with the EU flag, as it had previously been used in a European training exercise.

Further debunk by Le Monde.

Keywords: EU
Countries: France
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Interview: As a consequence of Maidan, Ukraine ended up without heat and with high electricity prices
Additional details: Kirill Chubenko from Ukraine: As a consequence of the Euromaidan uprising, the situation of Ukrainians got much worse. Ukraine ended up without heat and with high electricity prices.

 

 

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti @Channel One
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The author of the testimony turned out to be Vitaly Yurchenko, an employee of a Belarusian PR agency, hired to produce the footage. The whole material was produced in Belarus, too. Mr Yurchenko was recognised by his friends and eventually admitted to the fakery.

Channel One, which broadcast the material, issued a press release on December 7, in which it apologised for the incident and admitted that the person in the footage was not actually 'Kirill Chubenko'.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Euromaidan Ukrainian disintegration.

More information on Stop Fake.

 

 

Keywords: Energy, Ukrainian disintegration, Euromaidan
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
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