Disinfo: Legitimacy of Ukrainian government almost at zero

Summary

The legitimacy of the Ukrainian parliament is today at 1.5-2%. They do not have the legitimacy that gives them the right to speak on behalf of the people on issues like on accession to NATO and the EU.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on the approval rate of the Ukrainian political institutions. According to a poll, conducted by Razumkov Center in June 2018, the support of the Parliament is 10,3%, the Government – 13,7%, the President – 13,8%. In a poll, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in December 2018, 8% of respondents mentioned that they support the Parliament of Ukraine and 11% support the Government. The highest support is for the President – 16%. In December 2017, the support of these institutions was lower. During the last presidential elections, Petro Poroshenko won in the first round with 54,7% of the votes. The two biggest parties in the Parliament at the last parliamentary elections, in 2014, were supported by 22,14% (Narodnyi Front) and 21,82% (Blok Petra Poroshenka) respectively.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Elections
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NATO needs Macedonia and Montenegro to test radioactive ammunition

Macedonia’s political elite accepted the humiliation of joining NATO, who tries to use its territory to test radioactive ammunition. NATO is rushing to complete its expansion campaign in the Balkans, and from a geostrategic point of view this goes far beyond Montenegro and Macedonia because global security doesn’t depend on those former Yugoslav republics. This is done under the banner of fighting the Russians and terrorism and in the name of democracy, but in fact NATO is looking to test poisonous and radioactive projectiles.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim. This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray NATO as an aggressive, evil power which disregards rights of even its closest allies. It also fits in the long-term Russian opposition to Balkan countries joining the Atlantic Alliance. North Macedonia and other Balkan countries expressed their own will to join the Euro-Atlantic community and have been working towards the membership of NATO (and the EU) ever since. You can see other examples of disinformation on NATO presence in the Balkans, such as its ‘invasion’ of the region, its alleged destruction of the army in Montenegro, its claimed support of a ‘Greater Albania’ or its plans to kill people while based in Macedonia.

Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU

Ukraine is under the external control of the United States and the EU. Kyiv’s many international supporters have established control of the country and are leading everyone to work against Ukraine’s interests.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine. Ukraine is a sovereign state. EU and US are not controlling Ukraine. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU.In June 2014 EU and Ukraine signed An Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. Find more about EU - Ukraine relations. The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on December 25, 1991. U.S. policy is centered on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation. Ukraine violated the UN Convention on the law of the sea of 1982, and also the 1997 agreement between Russia and Ukraine on maritime traffic through the Kerch Strait. Ukraine performed a deliberate provocation, relying on support from West, disregarding international law.

Disproof

Sweden has not changed its position on the Kerch Strait as a Russian violation of international law. The media outlet is relying on a Swedish blogger as a source. The same source has been used here also. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Sea of Azov. The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.