Disinfo: Poroshenko will organise a lot of falsifications in the second round of the presidential elections

Summary

In the second round of Presidential elections Poroshenko will organise even more falsifications, than in the first round. He has no other choice. That is why the Russian Parliament will suggest not recognizing the elections.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the Ukrainian elections.

According to the OSCE, during the first round of the Ukrainian Presidential elections fundamental freedoms were generally respected, and candidates could campaign freely, but numerous indications of vote-buying and the misuse of state resources undermined the credibility of the process. Election day was assessed positively overall, and paved the way to the second round.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Petro Poroshenko, Elections

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Ukrainians voted at gunpoint and accompanied by special forces

Ukrainians voted in Presidential elections at gunpoint and accompanied by special forces. The Ukrainian government brought armoured vehicles and armed security officials to the streets in order to morally influence Ukrainians during the elections. Ukrainians themselves regarded this as an attempt to intimidate disloyal citizens and to demonstrate the readiness of the regime of Petro Poroshenko to intervene in the elections with force.

Disproof

On the eve of the elections in Ukraine, the units of law enforcement were transferred to increased combat readiness, with the aim to ensure the safety of voters. It was announced long before the beginning of the elections. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, on March 31, more than 135,000 police officers ensured the safety of the electoral process. Two policing officers and one rescuer were on duty near each polling station. In the event of any offences in a polling station itself, only the Election Commission itself can take the decision to involve the police.

The preliminary assessment of the freedom and accountability of the elections by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe is positive.

Main reason for MH17 crash is Ukraine’s failure to close airspace

The crash of the MH17 passenger craft was caused by Ukraine’s failure to close its airspace over the rebel held areas of the Donbas.

Ukraine is, thus, the main party responsible for the tragedy.

Disproof

The report fits the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17. The "source" does not base his/her claim on any factual evidence, and merely voices an opinion ("one has to admit…") that Ukraine should be held responsible for the downing.

The claim that Ukrainian airspace had been open prior to the crash is false -- all traffic over the conflict zone had been prohibited to craft flying below 32,000ft; MH17 passed the area at 33,000ft.  At the time, there was nothing to suggest that the presumably ill-equipped pro-Russian separatists would have access to sophisticated weapons capable of shooting down an air plane at that height.

Kyiv prevented Donbas residents from voting in the elections

The authorities in Kyiv is refusing the residents of Donbas the right to vote in Ukraine’s presidential elections. Ukraine did not give a vote to residents of the occupied parts of eastern Ukraine. In the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, not a single polling station was opened.

Disproof

A recurring narrative on the Ukraine elections. According to OPORA civic network, an election watchdog, voting stations were opened in both regions. In Donetsk oblasts, there are 12 electoral districts (for an estimated 1.4 million voters), while in Luhansk oblast, there are 6 districts (for an estimated 522,000 voters). They were all open according to schedule.

Voting stations were even opened in the zone of military operations in Donbas – where military personnel are voting. According to Ukraine’s General Staff, there are a total of 79 special voting stations in the area of the Joint Forces Operation: 14 in Luhansk oblast and 65 in Donetsk oblast. “Voting has been organised in accordance with the law and is occurring without excesses,” according to the military.