Ukraine in the center of pro-Kremlin disinformation

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Main focus of Russian media is the fact that Ukrainians allegedly are "adhered to Nazism"
23:30, 12 December 2016

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In the second half of November Ukraine has again become a major target for the media specializing on the dissemination of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Such conclusion was made by the experts of the working group on European External Relations strategic communications. The report also explained how NATO is about to "capture" Donbas and how the media reacted to the recently approved resolution on the EU strategic communication to counter propaganda directed against the EU.

According to the authors of the report, the main focus was on the fact that Ukrainians allegedly are "adhered to Nazism." For example, "Istok", a well-known separatist media that disseminates misinformation once again accused Ukraine of "radical nationalism". A few days later the same agency said that Ukrainians "are taught to be Nazis." Portal Russian Truth wrote of Ukrainian as "bloodthirsty neo-Nazis."

Soon these allegations emerged in the central Russian media: in a talk show Time Will Show (Vremya pokazhet) we heard allegations that Ukrainian government carries out the Nazi terror. Next day in the same show Ukrainians were accused of "genocide" and "support of Nazism" – experts wrote. Pro-Kremlin media repeat such allegations from the beginning of Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

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The results of democratic presidential elections on May 25, 2014 show completely different: "The majority of Ukrainians want peace, stability and democracy. This was also confirmed during the parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014, in which parties committed to democratic values, received the majority of votes, "- said in the review.

Pro-Kremlin media often use the example of Right Sector nationalist organization to support their assertions by presenting them as "fascists" in Ukraine. Be recalled that the impact of this political party in Ukraine is close to zero, experts say. Their presidential candidate got 0.7% of votes. And the party itself in parliamentary elections received 1.8% of the vote, far below the minimum threshold for the political parties in parliament.

NATO and "children mercenaries" from Chad are about to "seize Donbas"

We speak not only about the alleged "existing Nazism." On separatists’ pages in the social network VKontakte they claimed that dark-skinned mercenaries arrived in Lugansk and as "evidence" posted the photos of "children mercenaries" from Chad, taken in 2009. Already mentioned separatist Istok media reported that 300 NATO soldiers came to Luhansk region and a few days later came up with Polish mercenaries who came to the territory of separatists.

Zvezda TV channel, the official channel of the Russian Defense Ministry, which is known by spreading disinformation and falsified evidence, also said that "NATO is preparing to enter Donbas". "In May, when the military situation in eastern Ukraine began to deteriorate significantly, people noted the increase of number of the fabricated news against Ukraine. Also in the reports from the eastern Ukraine authors are talking about the growing number of ceasefire violations during the growing media aggression "- said in the review.

Russophobic facts

The authors of media monitoring write that publications within the scope of their interest continue the pressure. "Once again we see that the new Czech center to counter terrorism and hybrid threats was accused of "censorship ", despite the fact that it simply monitors the disinformation campaign in the country.

We heard the statement that "Russian propaganda does not exist" despite ample evidence of the contrary. Members of the European Parliament who voted for the recently adopted resolution on the EU strategic communication to counter propaganda directed against the EU, were accused of russophobia – noted the authors of report.

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One Bulgarian media published material with the statements about the resolution of European Parliament which allegedly is "against all Orthodox countries," and that its only goal – is to "prohibit the propaganda of Orthodoxy" as well as "greater EU commitment refers to Islam." In fact, there is not a word about Orthodoxy in the resolution.

"It's hard to imagine how a campaign to expose the misinformation may be the tool of censorship when, in fact, it aims to raise awareness of many people. It is also difficult to imagine how counteracting of campaigns of disinformation, using facts and strengthen media pluralism (this is stated in the resolution), falls under the definition of "Russophobia" - concluded in the review.

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