The areas that were put under Martial law in Ukraine are all pro-Russian areas. The Martial law is a way for Poroshenko to stay in power

Summary

The areas that were put under Martial law in Ukraine are all pro-Russian areas, or the areas that did not vote in 2014 election because they were a part of their new countries – Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, or the areas where Poroshenko lost. Areas under martial law are the areas most against him. If the election is allowed to continue he will not be re-elected. With this martial law he has the ability to stay in power.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

Claims about the martial law imposed on pro-Russian areas are misleading and unsubstantiated. The martial law was applied to 10 Ukrainian regions that are bordering Russia, the Sea of Azov and unrecognised Transistria. As shown by the Polygraph, majority of those regions supported Poroshenko's candidacy in the previous presidential poll.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Elections
  • Outlet: RT "Going Underground" (7.44 - 8.49).
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People fighting in DNR & LNR are locals, to say that it is Russian aggression is not factual

People fighting in Donetsk National Republic and Luhansk National Republic are locals, these people have grown up here, their parents have been here, their grandparents are from here. For Western media to say it’s Russian aggression, that Russia is totally at blame for all this is not factual. It is the people here that want their freedom.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

For background:

French police showed solidarity with the “yellow vests” protesters

Two dozen policemen removed their helmets in front of “yellow vests” protesters in France, showing solidarity with them.

Disproof

According to French media, the gesture of policemen responded to a "negotiation" with the "yellow vest" protesters, it was not a sign of solidarity.

The case was reported by Bloomberg, which underlined that the information about the police supporting the Yellow Vests protesters was coming from Mr Alexander Langlois, representative of the Vigi police union. The union is representing less than 4% of the unions in France and as such, cannot speak for all of them.

French police in solidarity with the ‘yellow vests’ protesters

Majority of French police forces support the Yellow Vests protesters. One of the signs of solidarity with the movement was shown in the city of Pau, where policemen took off their helmets in front of the protesters.

Disproof

The case was reported by Bloomberg, which underlined that the information about the police supporting the Yellow Vests protesters was coming from Mr Alexander Langlois, representative of the Vigi police union. The union is representing less than 4% of the unions in France and as such, cannot speak for all of them. After Bloomberg's article, both Sputnik and RT published corrections. RT indicated in a statement that the information from Mr Langlois 'sounded like it was a part of a large plot of Paris protesters'. Sputnik said that there was, in fact, no evidence that the removal of helmets was an act of solidarity with the protesters.

According to French media, the gesture of policemen responded to a "negotiation" with the "yellow vests" protesters, It was not a sign of solidarity. Further debunking by AFP.