Tag "OSCE"

OSCE Media Rep collaborates with Russia on propaganda event in Moscow

By Halya Coynash, for Human Rights in Ukraine An OSCE conference has taken place in Moscow and been very widely covered by Russian state-controlled media.  This is hardly surprising, given the clear propaganda benefit for Russia from the event on 6 November, initiated by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir with the support of Russia’s Foreign Ministry. In his opening address, Désir tried hard to give

False: Russia’s OSCE Rep claims Kosovo a failed “quasi-state entity”

By Polygraph Aleksandr Lukashevich Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) “Quasi-state entity in Kosovo is a failure. Growing number of countries, which revoked recognition of its ‘independence’ confirms it.” Source: Twitter, September 6, 2019 False Kosovo has met the Montevideo Convention standards for statehood and received diplomatic recognition from more than half of the United Nations’ member states. The Russian

Fake: Ukrainian Military Destroying OSCE Drones

On April 21 the pro-Kremlin site Politnavigator published a story claiming that Ukrainian military were actively destroying OSCE drones. Politnavigator claims that in the last few days Ukrainian soldiers destroyed one drone and damaged another and twice jammed the GPS signals for OSCE long range drones. Politnavigator cites self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic official representative Danyil Bezsonov as their source, who claimed that on April 19 soldiers from Ukraine’s 502 battalion

Manipulation: OSCE Secretary General Calls Creation of New Church in Ukraine ‘Provocation’

Initiating the creation of an autocephalous church in Ukraine, Kyiv has once again provoked a deterioration in relations with Moscow, writes the Kremlin propagandist Ukraina.ru. The publication claims this was the message that OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger conveyed in his interview to the German Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. Ukraina.ru’s distorted version of Greminger’s interview was reprinted by PolitNavigator, Pravslavie I Mir, Rusvesna, DonPress, Donetsk24 and NewsFront. According to Russian media,

OSCE interview fuels Kremlin disinformation

By Polygraph Andrey Rudenko Russia-24 correspondent “Alexander Hug is well informed. For four years he’s been working in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and in Ukraine as the head of the OSCE mission. They basically have open access to any place in the country. I’m not sure about western Ukraine, but here they have free access. They are fully informed. The statement he voiced today is confirmation of what

Fake: Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Patrol

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics regularly accuse Ukraine of shelling civilians and OSCE monitors. Their latest claim made without any evidence is that on May 21 Ukrainian forces shot at an OSCE patrol near the village of Kriakivka.  The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Report for that day states that it was unable to establish the direction of fire. Russian and separatist web sites quote Andrei Marochko, a representative

Fake: OSCE Declares Russian Presidential Elections Open and Fair

Official Russian media presented the official OSCE report on the March 18 Russian presidential elections in a distorted and manipulative manner, omitting many of the details of the report and claiming that the observation mission recognized the election as democratic and transparent. OSCE recognizes Russian presidential elections as open and effective, declared the newspaper Izvestia. Other Russian media followed suit, albeit with less subdued headlines. While the official OSCE report

Fake: Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Monitors in the Donbas

Following the latest escalation in fighting in eastern Ukraine in which nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed, Russian media have been disseminating fakes claiming that Ukrainian armed forces are shelling OSCE patrols and preventing the monitors from their work. The latest OSCE reports meanwhile have no mention of any shelling. Responding to StopFake’s inquiry about the alleged obstruction, the OSCE said no shelling had taken place. OSCE’s report does mention an

Fake: Ukrainian Military Shell OSCE Mission

Last month scores of Russian and self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) media accused Ukraine’s military of shooting at an OSCE monitoring mission. The alleged attack occurred on June 20, when according to the so-called DPR,  a civilian car with Ukrainian number plates approached an OSCE vehicle, an armed man dressed in camouflage emerged and proceeded to attack and shoot at the OSCE vehicle. This is not the first time that

Fake: Ukraine Shelling OSCE Vehicle Explosion Area

The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), the Russian supported separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine bordering Russia, has resorted to using the recent accidental death of an OSCE monitor for propaganda purposes, accusing Ukraine’s military of shelling the region where a land mine blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team and impeding the investigation into the explosion. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry responded to the accusation  and dismissed it as

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