Disinfo: More than 50% of Ukrainian population in Dnipro city support Russia

Summary

Ukrainian city Dnipro shows strong pro-Russian tendencies, the city literally stands on the threshold of the “Russian world”. 50% of population have changed their pro-Ukrainian views and do not hide their sympathy for Russia, some citizens express support for the USSR.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the National Democratic Institute of Ukraine, most residents from central territories, including the Dnipropetrovsk region, consider the influence of Russia to be negative (80%). The poll of the sociological service “Rating” (July 2018) showed that 34% of Dnipro population support the EU and 16% - the Eurasian Customs Union. At the same time, two-thirds of city residents consider Russia an aggressor and 46% of population do not regret the collapse of the USSR. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian citizens allegedly supporting Russia. Further debunking by Stop Fake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: fake statistics, Russian world
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After the Soviet Union fell apart, the US offered Russia to keep so-called "grey zones" in Eastern Europe

[Context: Georgia’s potential NATO membership] After the Soviet Union fell apart, the US offered Russia to keep so-called “grey zones” in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, which will be in nobody’s sphere of interest and will serve as a “security buffer zone”,

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on US and NATO. NATO made no promises not to accept new members from eastern and central Europe back in 1990, which was confirmed by the former president of the Soviet Union Mihail Gorbachev. Back in 2014, Gorbachev said:"The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility." www.rbth.com/international/2014/10/16/mikhail_gorbachev_i_am_against_all_walls_40673.html. Furthermore, the claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. In any case, no such promise was made www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm.

Further debunking at DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/balticbrief-russia-claims-secret-nato-deployment-e6c0e649ccfb.

The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a "predator"

The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a “predator”. They are trying to convince their own populations that Moscow is a danger, and also convince Russian people that their country is isolated, and some here have already started to believe this propaganda.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin misleading narrative about the West as Russophobic https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77113&date=

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

No court case in Russia for "liking" on social media

[Context: Russia’s legislation on extremism] Not a single court case has been instituted in Russia for “liking” on social media, said Alexander Kurennoy, the official representative of the Prosecutor General.

Disproof

In fact, Russia's investigative committee opened a criminal case under the article on extremism against a doctor from Khabarovsk, who “liked” a picture condemning the participation of Russians in the war in eastern Ukraine. The man claimed to have liked the image by accident. Further debunk by The Insider.