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Tens of millions of Ukrainian citizens are ready to support pro-Kremlin regimes in Donbas and create Novorossia on the left bank of the Dnipro River

Summary of Disinformation

As soon as the DPR and LPR are legalized in Ukrainian politics, tens of millions of Ukrainian citizens will openly support them. They will become – for sure! – a political force of the Left Bank [the entire territory of Eastern Ukraine, located on the left bank of the Dnieper River] and Novorossia will emerge in the internal Ukrainian … [politics]. [Former President of Ukraine Oleksandr] Turchynov and [current President of Ukraine Petro] Poroshenko will face charges for unleashing a civil war in Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. On the contrary, according to the poll by the International Republican Institute Center for Insights in Survey Research, a combined 80 percent of Ukrainians nationwide and a combined 73 percent in the Donbas region believe that separatist-controlled areas of the Donbas should remain under Ukrainian control. Only six percent nationwide and four percent in the Donbas believe that these areas should either be separated from Ukraine or become part of Russia.

As for the state of “Novorossia” or “New Russia” in English, pro-Kremlin media refers with this term to the regions of the South-East of Ukraine.

There is no civil war in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is a war between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Reported in: Issue 92
Date: 15.12.2017
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Keywords: Civil war, Novorossiya, Oleksandr Turchynov, DPR, LPR, Petro Poroshenko
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal
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