Disinfo: Donbas residents prevented from voting in the presidential elections

Summary

Kyiv prevented 4 million Donbas residents from voting in the presidential elections.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the elections in Ukraine.

As reported by StopFake, Ukrainians living in the Russian Federation or in the occupied territories of Donbas were not denied the right to vote.

According to Ukrainian civic network OPORA, an election watchdog, voting stations were in fact opened not far from the frontlines in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In the Donetsk region, there are 12 electoral districts (for an estimated 1.4 million voters), while in the Luhansk region, there are 6 districts (for an estimated 522,000 voters).

According to data provided by the Central Election Commission, residents of occupied Donbas and internally-displaced persons were also taking part in the election process.

 

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Donbas, Elections, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers.

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Disproof

Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are not controlled by Kyiv, to register as internally displaced persons in government-controlled areas of Ukraine in order to receive their pensions and other entitlements.

The website of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine declared that residents of the Donbas, who live in territory not controlled by Kyiv, could nonetheless participate in the presidential elections. To do this, they had to come to the Department of State for Voter Registration in order to submit an application.