Disinfo: America is behind the presidential elections in Ukraine


America is entirely staging the Presidential elections in Ukraine.

Americans have worked out a system, where they take a popular person and create their [political] image. The situation with the comedian has been played out many times  – in Guatemala, in Haiti. They need this person [Zelenskyi] in the second round of the elections, although they are still deciding who should win.




Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Ukrainian elections. For background see: "Ukraine will turn into a banana Republic": Ukrainian elections on Russian TV.


  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Petro Poroshenko, Elections


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Poroshenko will organise a lot of falsifications in the second round of the presidential elections

In the second round of Presidential elections Poroshenko will organise even more falsifications, than in the first round. He has no other choice. That is why the Russian Parliament will suggest not recognizing the elections.


Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the Ukrainian elections.

According to the OSCE, during the first round of the Ukrainian Presidential elections fundamental freedoms were generally respected, and candidates could campaign freely, but numerous indications of vote-buying and the misuse of state resources undermined the credibility of the process. Election day was assessed positively overall, and paved the way to the second round.

Ukrainians voted at gunpoint and accompanied by special forces

Ukrainians voted in Presidential elections at gunpoint and accompanied by special forces. The Ukrainian government brought armoured vehicles and armed security officials to the streets in order to morally influence Ukrainians during the elections. Ukrainians themselves regarded this as an attempt to intimidate disloyal citizens and to demonstrate the readiness of the regime of Petro Poroshenko to intervene in the elections with force.


On the eve of the elections in Ukraine, the units of law enforcement were transferred to increased combat readiness, with the aim to ensure the safety of voters. It was announced long before the beginning of the elections. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, on March 31, more than 135,000 police officers ensured the safety of the electoral process. Two policing officers and one rescuer were on duty near each polling station. In the event of any offences in a polling station itself, only the Election Commission itself can take the decision to involve the police.

The preliminary assessment of the freedom and accountability of the elections by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe is positive.

Main reason for MH17 crash is Ukraine’s failure to close airspace

The crash of the MH17 passenger craft was caused by Ukraine’s failure to close its airspace over the rebel held areas of the Donbas.

Ukraine is, thus, the main party responsible for the tragedy.


The report fits the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17. The "source" does not base his/her claim on any factual evidence, and merely voices an opinion ("one has to admit…") that Ukraine should be held responsible for the downing.

The claim that Ukrainian airspace had been open prior to the crash is false -- all traffic over the conflict zone had been prohibited to craft flying below 32,000ft; MH17 passed the area at 33,000ft.  At the time, there was nothing to suggest that the presumably ill-equipped pro-Russian separatists would have access to sophisticated weapons capable of shooting down an air plane at that height.