Disinfo: The coup of 2014 and the resulting suspension of relation with Russia has halted Ukrainian development

Summary

Under the policy [of cooperating with Russia and Europe], Ukraine was able to increase the pace of economic development in the period 2011 – 2013. But the coup happened, and the opportunity that was afforded to Ukraine was lost. Those brought to power by the 2014 coup stopped cooperating with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Ukraine, containing multiple disinformation narratives regarding the Ukrainian economy and Ukrainian statehood. It promotes a narrative stating that the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests resulted in an illegal coup; painting Ukraine as a failing state incapable of making its own foreign policy choices.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Also, it is not true that Ukraine's economic growth suffered from a severing relationship with Russia as a result of its occupation of the Crimean peninsula. The occupation of Crimea, which has not been recognised by the democratic world, including the United Nations, and the war in Donbas caused a deep economic crisis in 2014-2015. However, the Ukrainian economy already began to recover in 2015, and has reached consistent growth rates between 2-4 percent between 2016 and 2019.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Abandoned Ukraine, Economic difficulties, Euromaidan, Coup

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Disinfo: The ex-Minister of Health of Ukraine Uliana Suprun has destroyed Soviet medicine

On 29 October, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Novhorod-Severskyi, Oleg Bondarenko, died of complications associated with coronavirus. The day before this event, on 28 October, the mayor of Boryspil, Anatoly Fedorchuk, had died of Covid. […] the current situation is the result of reforms and plundering of Ukrainian medicine.

There was Uliana Suprun, who consistently destroyed all Soviet medicine. She was the Minister of Health and suggested to treat smallpox by applying a red scarf to the head, and cancer with laughter. Therefore, the result is predictable.

Disproof

Unfounded claims, presented without any evidence. An example of a conspiracy theory; recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine and health sector reform in the country.

Mrs Suprun is a highly qualified scientist and medic, educated in the USA and becoming a highly respected professional in her field.

Disinfo: Ukraine is a colony that does not have its own opinion on the international arena

The Anglo-Saxons are turning Ukraine into a 19th-century India. Ukraine is a pawn and a colony that does not have its own opinion on the international arena, and the people are cannon fodder, no one cares about their welfare.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood, which is often claimed to be under external control from the US, NATO, the EU, or IMF. The pro-Kremlin media often use the term "Anglo-Saxons" to collectively portray the West as "the other" and to reinforce the idea that Russia belongs to a different civilisation.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, one of the founding members of the United Nations. Neither US nor the EU countries control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but were violated by Russia in 2014.

Disinfo: Ukrainian anti-corruption legislation is used by the US to control the Ukrainian political elite

National Agency on Corruption Prevention is one of the elements of the anti-corruption system created by the Americans in Ukraine […] with the help of these [anti-corruption] norms the Ukrainian elite became more easily controlled by the West; it became more obedient.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine mixed with a narrative that Ukraine is under external control from the US, NATO, the EU, or IMF.

The US does not control the Ukrainian political elite. The system of preventing corruption in Ukraine is a set of norms passed by the Parliament of Ukraine in order to organise anti-corruption policies and punish corrupt activities. The main goal of the reform is to create an effective system for preventing corruption, based on the principles of law and order, proper management of state affairs and property, honesty and integrity, and active public control.

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