Disinfo: Merkel interfered in Ukrainian election

Summary

After the first round of the Ukrainian presidential election Merkel demanded Zelensky to publish his electoral programme. She interfered in the Ukrainian election.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the presidential election in Ukraine. Angela Merkel has not interfered into the Ukrainian election.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Petro Poroshenko, Elections, Angela Merkel

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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A limited military conflict may erupt while a Canadian ship is standing in the Odessa port

This is how Poroshenko will win the elections: a Canadian ship is standing in the Odessa port, all the sailors are sitting at the bar, there is an explosion, three days later someone from Donetsk is charged with the accusations; the Canadians respond. And three days later, Poroshenko, as Commander-in-Chief, delivers a speech and receives 53% of votes in the election.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about provocations and Ukrainian presidential election.

Canada is participating in provocations in the Black Sea

Poroshenko is about to stage a serious provocation as he has no other way to win the elections. Germany refused to participate in provocations in the Black Sea, while Canada agreed and sent its ships.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about provocations and Ukrainian presidential elections. From April 5 to April 13, 2019 NATO holds multi-national naval drills in the Black Sea. Military vessels from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey participate in the exercise. The exercise scenario is fictitious and aims at planning and conducting a Crisis Response Operation (CRO), under the mandate of a Resolution of the United Nations' Security Council (UNSC), in the context of a security environment characterized by symmetric and asymmetric threats. Read more here.

EU won’t invest in Ukraine

Nowadays, no country, not even the European Union invests in Ukraine. Without investments, it will be very difficult to revive the Ukrainian economy.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narratives about the EU abandoning Ukraine and the collapsing Ukrainian economy. The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens. Since spring 2014, the EU has stepped up its support for economic and political reforms in Ukraine. The main EU countries investing in Ukraine in 2016 were: Cyprus – $427.7 million, equivalent to 21.7% of the total investment amount; Great Britain – $403.9 million (20.5% of the total amount), Netherlands – $255 million (12.9% of the total amount); Austria – $249.9 million (12.7%); Italy – $209.9 million (10.6%); Hungary – 187.6 million (9.5%); Germany – 75.2 million (3.8%). At the same time, the amount of Ukrainian direct investments (equity capital) in other countries’ economies on the 31st of December 2016 totaled $6233.4 million, including the EU countries – $6014.4 million (96.5%) and other countries of the world - $219 million (3.5%). The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, accounting for more than 40% of its trade in 2016. Ukraine accounts for 0.9% of EU's total trade, with a turnover of €29.6 bn in 2016. Ukraine exports to the EU amounted to €13.1 bn in 2016. The EU exports to Ukraine amounted to over €16.5 bn in 2016. Total trade between the EU and Ukraine increased by 27.1 % from January to August 2017 vs January to August 2016. In that period, exports from EU to Ukraine increased by 26.6% whereas imports from EU to Ukraine increased by 27.7 %. The EU is a large investor in Ukraine. EU investors held investments worth around €16.1 bn in Ukraine in 2015. The EIB will lend EUR 50m to finance transport infrastructure improvements throughout the country, along with a EUR 10m grant agreement under the multi-donor E5P fund that supports municipal investments in energy-efficiency and environmental projects in the Eastern Partnership countries. Consult “Investing in Ukraine’s future”, EIB’s Special Action Plan for Ukraine: the EU bank delivers on its promise of EUR 3bn in 3 years.