Disinfo: A Ukrainian colonel was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for shooting civilians

Summary

A Ukrainian colonel was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for shooting civillians in the Donbas.

Disproof

No evidence given. The name of the colonel is not given, nor information on the court decision.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas

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Ukraine has three scenarios for the future: rejoining Russia, splitting up or a suffering a coup

There are three scenarios for the future of Ukraine. It will either be returned to Russia, or it will be divided, or a coup will be organized there.

Disproof

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukrainian citizens are citizens of Ukraine, not Russia. Russia has no right to claim them. Furthermore there are no indications that a coup would be organised in Ukraine, as Ukraine is making progress in reforms in key areas, notably constitutional reform, decentralisation, the fight against corruption and the judiciary. The EU welcomes these steps and is providing substantial support in all these areas.