Disinfo: The European observers, who were watching the elections in Ukraine...

Summary

The European observers, who were watching the elections in Ukraine held after the escape of Victor Yanukovich to Russia, took bribes for ‘recognizing’ the results of this voting // Each bribe was US $ 50,000.

Disproof

No evidence given. The OSCE characterised the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014, where parties devoted to democratic values received the strong majority of votes. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms". It pointed out that "Electoral authorities made resolute efforts to organize elections throughout the country, but they could not be held in parts of the regions (oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk or on the Crimean peninsula". bit.ly/2g9K0Mp, , bit.ly/2eWWBAV,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 60
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Corruption, Viktor Yanukovych, Europe, Elections
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Disproof

There was a group of young men that burned cars and destroyed local shops in the suburb of Rinkeby. As no one has been arrested, no one knows the ethnicity of the perpetrators and no evidence suggest that they would be migrants.t.sr.se/2kQtdAZ,

Ukrainian Nazis Dance on Russian Ambassador's Grave in New York

Ukrainian Nazis Dance on Russian Ambassador’s Grave in New York.

Disproof

No evidence given. In fact, Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and UN Security Council President for February, proposed a moment of silence in memory of Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, the day after he died. Churkin was also honoured in a press statement, as is the normal procedure bit.ly/2muLBwq, , bit.ly/2mloxU2, .

By refusing to adopt a UN statement on Churkin Ukrainian...

By refusing to adopt a UN statement on Churkin Ukrainian diplomats went against international protocol and ethics.

Disproof

There was a statement, and a moment of silence to honour Churkin. bit.ly/2muLBwq, . Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maryana Betsa said that Ukraine did not block anything. She said that "a statement was issued for the press, as has been done in such cases in the past. There haven’t been many such cases. But there was no precedent for a separate political statement.”