Disinfo: The population of Ukraine declines rapidly due to lack of money and health care reform

Summary

The health situation in Ukraine is “evidently totally out of control”. This lack of vaccines is on an “African” scale, with Ukraine also short of polio and meningitis vaccines. The population is rapidly declining because of the failed health care reform and lack of money.

Disproof

No evidence given, no credible reports supporting the population in Ukraine rapidly declining because of the health care reform.

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  • Reported in: Issue 94
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood
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Crimean Tatars to support Putin in March Presidential election

The head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations publicly declares support for Putin as President.

Disproof

The source for this story is Seitumer Numetullayev, the head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that allegedly includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations. However, Numetullayev has never been a Crimean Tatar leader. Prior to the annexation of Crimea he was a member of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions Party heading a regional administration in the southern Kherson province. He established the Public Council of the Crimean Tatar People in 2014, the organization is completely subservient to Crimea’s occupying authorities. According to the sole genuine representative body of the Crimean Tatars, the Medjlis, Numetullayev and his organization have no influence or support among the Crimean Tatar people. The Medjlis is a national parliament with historic traditions in Arabic, Persian and Muslim societies. The Crimean Tatar Medjlis was organized in 1991. Russian authorities declared the organization extremist and banned it in 2016. Refat Chubarov, the current Medjlis chairman is banned from entering Crimea. Today the Medjlis is based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and is recognized by Ukraine’s parliament as the representative organ of the Crimean Tatars. Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-crimean-tatars-to-support-putin-in-march-presidential-election/, .

US plot to overrun Iran

A joint analysis of Brookings Institute and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy entitled “Which Path to Persia” selects the military option as the only viable course of action against Iran. The Trump-administration obviously follows this advice.

Disproof

Hungarian translation of an article by Russia-Insider. The organisations' analysis - which is available online and dates back to year 2009 - in fact says: "if one of the diplomatic or regime change options cannot be made to work soon, then Washington will have no choice but to adopt either Containment or one of the military options." It does not state that military intervention is the only feasible option. In fact, it lists pros and cons to all the possible approaches to Washington's Iran policy.

Ukraine involved in Syria attacks on Russian bases

Ukraine is involved in a mysterious drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria at Hmeimim and Tartus. The Russian Defense Ministry’s General Staff Department of Construction and Development director Alexander Novikov, said the kind of explosives the drones carried, are manufactured industrially, including in the Shostka Chemical Reagents Plant, a chemical production company located in north-eastern Ukraine. They contained PETN pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a highly explosive compound from the nitroglycerin chemical family.

Disproof

The Shostka Chemical Reagants Plant is not part of Ukraine’s military industrial complex and has never produced military components, not even during the Soviet era. After the collapse of the USSR the Shostka plant was privatized. Responding to StopFake’s inquiry about the Russian claim, Shostka Chemical Plant director Serhiy Buhakov said the company’s production is purely for peaceful purposes. Shostka has neither the personnel nor the raw materials to produce explosives. "We make dyes, chemical indicators and compounds", Buhakov emphasized. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry also dismissed Russia’s insinuation, calling it yet another attempt to assault Ukraine with disinformation, in order to draw away attention from Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Read more on Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/russia-accuses-ukraine-of-involvement-in-syria-attacks-on-russian-bases/,