Disinfo: Europe wants to take away visa-free regime from Ukraine


Europe wants to take away visa-free regime from Ukraine, even after people died for it on Maidan. Europe is fed up with the numbers of illegal migrants from Ukraine.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. In the Second Report of the Visa Suspension mechanism the European Commission notes that Ukraine continues to fulfil the benchmarks for visa liberalisation. The European Commission does not declare any plans to freeze or abolish the visa-free regime. Neither does it introduce conditions to be fulfilled by Ukraine for the continuation of the visa-free movement. The annual European Commission report summarises functioning of the so-called Visa Suspension Mechanism. It provides a detailed analysis of recent developments relating to the implementation of the visa liberalisation benchmarks in 26 countries, including Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/12/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: migration, European Union, Visa liberalisation, Euromaidan
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Disinfo: Men massively flee from Ukraine to avoid enlistment

Ukrainian men are massively fleeing the country to avoid being enlisted and fight the war with Russia.


No evidence for mass desertion given. The Vesti material comprises statements by a few Ukrainian men working abroad and willing to avoid enlistment.

Disinfo: CIA behind the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a special operation of the CIA, which also supports Islamists in Afghanistan and political terror in Latin America (Regnum, Sputnik) // CIA helped Ukrainian Church split from Russian Orthodox Church (Vesti)


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about CIA and narrative about Ukrainian Orthodox Church. For an example of a similar disinformation message in German and further debunking see here.