Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia are willing to be part of Russia

Summary

There are other regions in Ukraine willing to be part of Russia: Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia. All these cities are located in key economic areas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the disintegration of Ukraine with no evidence provided to support this claim.

Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia. See a similar case: Crimea re-united with Russia on the basis of the will of Crimea’s citizens, and more examples here. Donbas region continues to fall under acts of aggression by the Russian military forces. See similar cases here. 

There is no evidence to suggest any administrative part of Ukraine wants to join Russia. According to the IRI survey conducted in March 2018, over 52% of Ukrainians would support membership in the EU.

See similar case here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: , , Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukrainian disintegration, Odessa
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 Time 46:58
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western attempts to encircle Russia.

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In both world wars Britain’s goal was to eliminate historical Russia

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Disproof

This is ungrounded generalisation and historical revisionism, in order to portray Britain as aggressive power in both world wars and Russian empire / USSR as a victim in both global conflicts. The accusations that the UK had “expansionist plans” in Europe and attempted to provoke a war between Germany and the USSR is historical manipulation.

The Anti-Comintern Pact mentioned in the article was established by Axis Powers Japan and Germany. Britain was never a part of the Anti-Comintern Pact.

Around 2,000 people were killed in NATO’s bombings in [former] Yugoslavia

The United States should apologise for the bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999 and pay compensation to the victims of NATO’s armies. […] Serbians will never forget those events, that claimed the lives of around 2,000 people.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the number of civilian casualties of NATO bombing and war in former Yugoslavia.

In Serbia (excluding Kosovo) and Montenegro, 275 persons lost their lives in the NATO bombings: 180 civilians, 90 members of the Yugoslav Armed Forces and five members of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.