European politicians, including Donald Tusk, are doing everything they can to increase Poroshenko’s ratings before the election

Summary

Prominent EU politicians are using all means possible to raise Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s ratings before the upcoming election. Speaking before the Ukrainian parliament, Tusk served as a mouthpiece for Washington to attack Russia and Putin and to increase the ratings of the current Ukrainian authorities.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

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

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: election meddling, Donald Tusk, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
  • Outlet: 60 Minutes @ Rossiya 1 (8.14 - 9.07)
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Ukraine is an anti-Russian project

Ukraine is an anti-Russian project and it is only in this capacity that Ukraine interests Europe.

Disproof

Ukraine is a sovereign nation-state, not an anti-Russian project.

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western Russophobia and alleged anti-Russian projects in the West.

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Brussels is a US puppet that tries to increase tensions between the Europe and Russia,

Disproof

This is an ongoing pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about US influence in Europe. Check our database for more cases on Russophobia, elections meddling, and the Kerch Strait incident.

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Skripal poisoning was an MI6 operation

The Skripal poisoning was a strategic operation of the British special services. It was executed by British intelligence agency MI6, but was actually planned by the US. The operation was designed to have three distinct phases: the first began in March 2018, the second in the autumn of 2018, and the third and final stage will commence soon, with the announcement of Sergei Skripal’s death.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been identified as officers of the GRU, the Russian Military Intelligence service. More British public documents/statements on the case can be found here and here.