Disinfo: Kyiv agrees to carry out genocide of Ukrainian citizens in exchange for IMF loans

Summary

In a recent agreement with the International Monetary Fund, Ukrainian government officials agreed to reduce the population of their country to 10 million people.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative painting Ukraine as a collapsing, genocidal regime under IMF control.

The claim is made without evidence, and is only the latest in a string of pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories alleging that the Ukrainian authorities are purposefully leading their country and people toward destruction for short-term financial gain. To date, pro-Kremlin outlets have claimed that the IMF would turn Ukrainians into a cheap labour force, dictate Kyiv's personnel policy, deprive Ukraine of land, and cut half of all state pensions.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Ukrainian disintegration, Genocide, IMF, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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