Disinfo: Poroshenko and Zelenskyi are significantly dependent on the US

Summary

The Ukrainian society has no real choice at the presidential election. The two presidential candidates are significantly dependent on external actors, including the US. Neither Petro Poroshenko nor Volodymir Zelenskyi will pursue policies beneficial to Ukraine’s national interests.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given about alleged Western influence over the Ukrainian electoral process. Recurring disinformation narrative about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections and Ukraine as a state under foreign control. See also earlier cases calling the Ukrainian presidential candidates US puppets.

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  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, election meddling, Conspiracy theory, Petro Poroshenko
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Ukraine has only been accepted into the Western camp in order to serve as a deployment area against Russia

Ukraine has only been accepted into the Western camp in order to serve as a deployment area against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and Western belligerence towards Russia, the West attempting to weaken and isolate Russia or to use Ukraine as NATO-springboard towards Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia. For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest." The EU and its member states have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

Washington has established buffer states in Eastern Europe between Russia and Germany

Washington has established buffer states in Eastern Europe between Russia and Germany. The United States opposes cooperation between Russia and Germany, fearing the strength of such an alliance.

Disproof

There are no "buffer states" between Germany and Russia; the USA did not "establish" buffer states in Eastern Europe. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations and Western dominance in Europe.

The successor 15 states of the USSR, which emerged after the collapse of the USSR are independent countries, whose sovereignty is recognized by the international community.

If Poroshenko loses the second round of the elections, he might murder Zelensky

Poroshenko understands he has no chance of winning the elections. That is why he is organizing total falsifications of the elections, with support of the EU and US. And if he loses the second round, he will murder Zelensky. That way the elections would be organised again and Poroshenko would win.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the elections in Ukraine.