Ukrainian Official Behind Western Media Reports Of Russian Atrocities Fired By Ukrainian Parliament
A Ukrainian government official frequently cited as a source by western news media for her allegations of atrocities committed by Russian troops has been fired by the Ukrainian parliament, in part because of the unevidenced nature of those claims.
Horrific allegations from Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner include a 9-month-old baby being penetrated with a candlestick and triplets, 9, being raped in front… ALL 100% LIES
A Ukrainian official has been relieved of her duties over her handling of reports detailing sexual assault allegations made against Russians in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, removed Lyudmila Denisova, the parliament’s commissioner for human rights, from her post, according to Ukrainska Pravda. No new appointment has been made to fill the role.
The move to dismiss Denisova came after outrage about the wording used in public reports about alleged sexual assaults committed by Russians, as well as the alleged dissemination in those reports of unverified information. Despite accusations from Ukraine, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied that Russian soldiers have committed war crimes or sexual assaults during the invasion.
As it happens, Newsweek is one of the many western outlets who have uncritically cited Denisova’s unevidenced claims in their reporting of events in Ukraine. She was the “Ukraine official” in Newsweek’s incendiary April headline “Russians Raped 11-Year-Old Boy, Forced Mom to Watch: Ukraine Official,” an article whose entire first half featured unevidenced claims by Denisova.
Denisova’s name featured just the other day in my own critique of the western media’s blind-faith regurgitation of Ukrainian government assertions when multiple western media outlets parroted her unevidenced claims about two Russians raping a one year-old baby to death.
Business Insider, The Daily Beast, The Daily Mail, The Sun, Metro, The Daily Mirror and Yahoo News all published reports on the same story, and the one and only source for all of them was a post made by Denisova on a Ukrainian government website which contained no evidence and concluded with a call for more weapons and sanctions against Russia from the western world.
Moon of Alabama has compiled other western news media reports which have been uncritically regurgitating claims made by Denisova and disguising those claims as news stories, like Business Insider’s “Ukraine says it received more than 400 reports of sexual violence, including rape, by Russian soldiers within 2 weeks” and Time’s “Ukrainians Are Speaking Up About Rape as a War Crime to Ensure the World Holds Russia Accountable.”
This is not just brazen journalistic malpractice, this is actual atrocity propaganda. This latest development shows that even the Ukrainian government is more skeptical of Ukrainian government claims than the western mainstream press.
insert/comment: So, were the severest ever sanctions and flooding of Ukraine with lethal weapons caused by a Campaign of Lies? It is surprising that the Ukrainian Parliament fired the ‘Queen of fake Atrocity Porn’. Especially as the entire opposition is banned or imprisoned. Perhaps the reality of defeat is sinking in, but there is always huge infighting among Ukrainian politicians, with many sponsored by ‘oligarchs’, huge violent corruption, and Zelensky himself “amassing a billion dollar fortune”. One rumour is that Denisova is receiving part of the $billions of US slush funds earmarked for promoting all kinds of pro Ukraine propaganda, and that her diligence may have shocked even the far right patriotic politicians. / ed..
Ukraine fires top official behind claims of Russian war crimes
from a Western Banned Press Agency shared with thanks
The ombudsperson, Lyudmila Denisova, has been removed from her post over spreading ‘fakes’ about Russian forces
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian human rights commissioner, Lyudmila Denisova. © Global Look Press / Hennadii Minchenko
Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to remove the nation’s human rights commissioner, Lyudmila Denisova, from her post. The official has been accused of failing to perform her duties and in particular of spreading unverified information about atrocities supposedly committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Such actions only served to tarnish Ukraine’s image, MPs have argued.
A no-confidence resolution has been supported by 234 (52%) lawmakers out of 450 MPs in Verkhovnaya Rada, said Yaroslav Zheleznyak, a member of the Golos (‘Voice’) faction in the Ukrainian parliament. Denisova had previously been criticized, both by lawmakers and the Ukrainian media, over a purported failure to execute her duties, particularly amid the ongoing conflict in the country.
The ombudsperson had “hardly exercised her powers to organize humanitarian corridors” or prisoner exchanges, a Ukrainian MP, Pavel Frolov, wrote in a Facebook post ahead of Tuesday’s vote. The human rights commissioner had barely shown “human rights activism” at all, he said, adding that Denisova’s duties eventually fell to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.
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According to Frolov, the ombudswoman’s “inexplicable focus” on supposed sex crimes and the “rape of minors in the occupied territories, which she could not substantiate with evidence” only harmed Ukraine. The MP has also accused Denisova of spending most of her time abroad as the conflict unfolded.
Instead of traveling to Russia specifically to negotiate prisoner exchanges, Denisova spent her time in “warm and calm” cities of Europe, such as Davos, Vienna or Warsaw, Frolov said.
Earlier, a group of journalists, human rights activists and psychologists slammed Denisova over what they called breach of ethics, and accused her of turning the reports on the alleged sexual crimes committed by Russian troops into a “scandalous newsreel”-style publication.
Denisova herself, who had served as Ukraine’s ombudsperson since 2018, said on Monday that she could face a vote of no confidence in the parliament, accusing the administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky of being behind the move. She has also claimed at that time that the procedure for her removal would violate Ukraine’s constitution. The human rights commissioner took up her post under Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, who held the post until May 2019.
In March, Russian ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova called on Denisova to stop the torture of Russian soldiers captured by Ukrainian forces. The Russian official cited reports on “cases of cruel and inhuman treatment of Russian soldiers in captivity in Ukraine” at that time. According to Moskalkova, Denisova told her that there could be “no agreements on that matter.”
On Tuesday, the head of the Russian presidential human rights council, Valery Fadeev, called on Denisova to be put on trial. “You cannot prove anything to a person whose profession is to lie,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian human rights commissioner.
Another proof of the Policy to respect the norms of humanity by Russian forces in Ukraine is this leaflet distributed among the Russian servicemen. (*English translation):
in the performance of military service duties and special (combat) tasks
During an armed conflict, the norms of humanity must be respected even in relation to the enemy. These norms are contained in international humanitarian law (mainly in the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols).
- Whenever the situation allows, pick up all the wounded and sick (including representatives of the enemy side) and take care of them
- It is forbidden to take hostages and use “human shields”
- It is forbidden to use torture, corporal punishment, mutilation, mockery of human dignity, collective punishments and punishments without a proper judicial decision
- It is prohibited to destroy, export or render unusable objects necessary for the survival of the civilian population
- It is forbidden to rob the property of the civilian population
- It is forbidden to cause large-scale, long-term and serious damage to the environment
PROTECTION OF MEDICAL MISSIONS:
- The distinctive emblems of the Red Cross should be respected in all circumstances. It is forbidden to commit any actions aimed at diminishing respect and protection in relation to them
- Medical facilities, personnel, equipment and sanitary vehicles must be respected and protected under all circumstances
THE CONDUCT OF MILITARY ACTIONS:
- Civilian objects and civilians should not be the object of attack
- It is necessary to take all possible precautions when determining whether a person or object is civilian. In case of doubt, it should be assumed that the person or object is protected from direct attack
- Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited
- Attacks that are likely to cause accidental civilian casualties or damage to civilian objects should not be excessive in relation to the expected concrete and directly military advantage
- It is forbidden to kill or injure a combatant (a person from the armed forces who takes part in an armed conflict (with the exception of medical and spiritual personnel) who is under your control, unable to defend himself or has clearly expressed his intention to surrender
- It is necessary to take all possible precautions to protect the controlled civilian population and civilian objects from the consequences of attacks
Failure to comply with any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary or criminal liability
If you have any questions, please contact the legal adviser of the commander of the military unit.