Disinfo: Poroshenko is behind the terrorist attacks in Ukraine

Summary

“Nationalists” are trying to get power back. They are trying to destabilise the situation [with the help of the terrorist attacks in Ukraine [in July 2020]. It is clear that this is “European Solidarity”, this is the faction of the loser Poroshenko. He wants to take revenge.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the 5th President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian police and the Security Service of Ukraine do not link the hostage-taking in Lutsk on 21 July with Petro Poroshenko or any opposition representatives or activists. The respective message was published by the police of the Volyn region on 22 July. No accusations were made against Poroshenko on 23 July either, when a man took a policeman hostage in Poltava.

A suspected person of a crime was charged with committing crimes under Part 1 of Article 258 (a terrorist attack), Article 263 (illegal handling of weapons and explosive devices), Article 348 (attempt on the life of a law enforcement officer), and Article 147 (hostage-taking) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Terrorism, Petro Poroshenko

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Disproof

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