Disinfo: 95% of Ukrainians are actually separatists

Summary

95% of Ukrainians are actually separatists.

Disproof

According to opinion polls conducted in September 2016, only 3% of Ukrainians supported Russia's actions in the country while 49% of Ukrainians thought that Kyiv should close its borders with Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 48
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine
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The Baltic States and Poland face a new aggressor: the United States

The Baltic States and Poland face a new aggressor: the United States.

Disproof

The claim is based on an eight-month-old fake Trump statement that the Baltic States should move to Africa if they don’t like their neighborhood More details on StopFake. A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of the West. Russian disinformation sources like to claim that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictate policies to the EU and its member states.

Ukraine's authorities are out of touch with the people

Ukraine’s authorities are out of touch with the people because they came to power through an armed coup.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that there was a coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 and ended in February 2014 were not provoked by foreign powers, but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych after his refusal to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement promised for years. 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. See the full debunk here.

According to opinion polls conducted by Polish sociologists, Poles hate Russians

According to opinion polls conducted by Polish sociologists, Poles hate Russians so much they are willing to align themselves with Ukrainians, whom they also dislike.

Disproof

Misleading information. The poll conducted by the Polish Public Opinion Research Centre in April 2016 does not mention "hate" at all. The poll claims that better attitudes are recorded for nationalities enjoying high standards of living, as they are a positive reference point, while feelings for nationalities characterised by lower standards of living are worse. More details on the poll here.