Disinfo: No breakthroughs in Donbas or Crimea if Zelensky wins because it is Washington that decides

Summary

There is no big difference for the US regarding who will be Ukraine’s next president because, in any case, American geopolitical interests in Ukraine are strongly protected for the near future. If Volodymyr Zelensky becomes the next President, pressure on the Russian language in Ukraine will likely soften, whereas the powers of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory over Ukrainian history and culture are likely be diminished. On foreign policy, under Zelensky’s presidency, Ukraine will continue Euro-Atlantic integration. The country’s external debts to IMF and the World Bank will keep growing and relations with Russia will remain confrontational. As for the resolution of the Donbas conflict or Crimea’s status, these issues are decided in Washington rather than in Kyiv. The US is interested in unleashing anti-Russia hysteria in Central Europe and in containing Russia via an escalation in Russia-Ukraine relations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about discrimination against Russian speakers in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and alleged control over Ukraine by the US as well as about anti-Russian hysteria in the West. See an earlier case alleging that the Ukrainian elections are a competition among Washington's puppets.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Anti-Russian, Donbas, Elections, Conspiracy theory

Disclaimer

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Disproof

No evidence given. Excessive state control over the internet in Belarus and other media issues were raised by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir in his meetings with the Belarusian authorities with the aim to define the contours of reforms necessary for developing a more favourable and pluralistic media environment. From 1 December 2018 amendments into the Belarusian law “On mass media” entered into effect which provide for mandatory identification of users of Internet resources, including commentators, as well as on the forums. The new regulation was criticized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus and human rights advocates as excessive and not corresponding to international standards.  

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Disproof

NATO stated several times and provided details how Russia has violated the INF Treaty, for instance in its statement by the North Atlantic Council on 1 February 2019 and earlier on 4 December 2018 in the statement by the NATO Foreign Ministers. Back in November 2018 Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia “to provide details on Russia to make quick changes to comply in full with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Stoltenberg called on Russia to provide details about a new missile system the United States and other allies claim violates the accord”. The NATO member – the US – also published a detailed report in February 2019 “Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress” by the Congressional Research Service where they stated how exactly Russia violated the treaty. Read more disinformation cases about the INF Treaty here.

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Disproof

A recurrent, pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative around the elections in Ukraine. Unfounded claims on shelling, supported only by statements from militants from the so-called the “Donetsk People's Republic”. The shelling mentioned is not documented in any way. The report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine does not confirm such statements. “According to the Mission’s observations, the situation in the regions of Ukraine was calm during the presidential elections”, the report says. Further debunking on StopFake.org.