Disinfo: At least 9 million Ukrainians support civil war, political terror and extrajudicial killings

Summary

The results of the Ukrainian presidential election show that at least 8-9 million Ukrainian voters support domestic and foreign policies by the current Ukrainian authorities. Hence, these people support the continuation of civil war, political terror, extrajudicial killings, keeping thousands of political prisoners without relevant court verdicts and the cannibal economic policy in Ukraine. Furthermore, they support forced Ukrainisation, a split in the church and terrorist shelling of Donbas by the Ukrainian military.

Disproof

This disinformation message contains pro-Kremlin narrative about the war in Ukraine, which does not mention the well documented Russian involvement that violated Ukraine's territorial integrity, including by supporting and arming separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine.

It also contains ungrounded information concerning the situation of human rights in the country. There is no proof about thousands of political prisoners or alleged political terror in Ukraine.

Pro-Kremlin, Ukraine-related messages aim to dehumanise, demoralise, make Ukraine the guilty party, as shown by our earlier analysis .

The article also applies obvious manipulation by saying that the voters who made certain political choice are supporters of state policies in virtually all spheres including economic, legal, etc.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Elections, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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West will tolerate Ukraine’s agony as long as it doesn’t default on its debts

The West always offers a carte blanche to the Ukrainian presidential candidate who is able to convince them of their ability to squeeze money from the population to pay Ukraine’s external debts. Since the shirts of the people have long been taken, they will continue to remove their skin and even the meat from their bones.

Disproof

This is consistent with recurring disinformation narratives about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections, about the EU abandoning Ukraine, and the collapsing Ukrainian economy.

The Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous, and democratic future for all its citizens. Since spring 2014, the EU has stepped up its support for economic and political reforms in Ukraine. For EU countries, Ukraine is a priority partner. In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links, and the respect for common values.

Ukrainian oligarchs will divide Ukraine into principalities

Ukrainian oligarchs are likely to attempt to divide Ukraine into principalities where they will enjoy absolute power.

Disproof

This is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's imminent disintegration and corruption. Despite the advantaged positions that some oligarchs enjoy in Ukraine, there is no grounding to support the claim that the country will disintegrate into "oligarchic principalities", as alleged in the case above.

For example, refer to our past news analysis, Ukraine Under Information Fire, to see other Ukraine-related disinformation narratives and messages.

Ukrainian authorities are controlled by Washington and each presidential candidate coordinates with the US

In Ukraine, each presidential candidate coordinates his or her actions either with an American ambassador or with the US State Department directly. As a result, Washington does not even need to interfere in the local monkey business. However, at some point, the US may decide that the local games went too far and start threatening US strategic interests. In this case, Ukrainian authorities will begin receiving direct orders from Washington.

Disproof

This message contains recurring disinformation narratives about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections through US control over presidential candidates and about Ukraine as a state under foreign control.

Whereas disinformation statements about Western, US and EU control over Ukraine are most frequent, at times Israel and individual EU member states such as Germany are claimed to be the controlling parties.