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The proportion of people who want friendship between Russia and Ukraine remained the same over the past 10 years

Summary of Disinformation

The proportion of people who want friendship between Russia and Ukraine remained the same over the past 10 years. This is despite a campaign of anti-Russian propaganda in Ukraine and numerous infringements of Russian speakers’ rights which have been taking place since 2014. According to polls made by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) and Russia’s independent Levada Center, 48% of Ukrainians now view Russia in a positive light, up from 37% last year. By contrast, 32% of Ukrainians view Russians negatively, down from 46% in 2017.

Disproof

Vladimir Paniotto, director general of KIIS, described RT’s analysis as a “strange mixture of real data with some fantasy,” adding he “couldn’t understood” where they had taken their figures from.

"After [Russia’s annexation of] Crimea we had a dramatic drop of positive attitudes to Russia, from 85% in 2013 to 30% (in May 2015). In 2008, only 10% of Ukrainians wanted closed borders with Russia. In December 2014 [that figure was] 50% and now [it’s] about 40% (38%),” Paniotto said for Polygraph.info.

Further debunking on Polygraph.

UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukrainians widely supporting Russia.

 

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Reported in: Issue 122
Date: 10.10.2018
Language: English
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: fake statistics, War in Ukraine, Russophobia
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT (Russia Today)
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