Disinfo: Further evidence of discrimination against residents of Donbas in Ukraine


Kyiv may deprive citizens who receive Russian passports of their social payments and pensions. Such measures are further proof of discrimination against the residents of Donbas in Ukraine.


The recurring narrative of Kremlin propaganda saying that Ukraine discriminates against residents of the Donbas. For example, cut off water supplies to Luhansk, or prevented Donbas residents from voting in presidential elections.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are not controlled by Kyiv, to register as internally displaced persons in government-controlled areas of Ukraine in order to receive their pensions and other entitlements.

The Ukrainian Minister of Veterans Affairs, Iryna Friz, said that "It also initiated working on the proposal for including citizens who received passports of the Russian Federation in a manner that violates international law and threatens the sovereignty of our state to a database with the further deprivation of their beneficiary status for receiving social benefits or pensions from Ukraine".

Similar disinformation cases can be found here. 



  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: DPR, Donbas
  • Outlet: RT Russian
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about events in Venezuela.

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Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation in LNR and DNR after the coup d’état

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the coup d’état in Ukraine. For similar cases see here and here.

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Candidate for Mayor of Zugdidi trades in human organs

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Recurring disinformation narrative about Mikheil Saakashvili's family being involved in human organ trafficking.  The claim reoccurred in the Georgian media in the context of the upcoming mayoral elections in Zugdidi, where Saakashvili's wife is running for office. No evidence is given to support the claim that the EU and the US have an interest in human organ trading. This is part of the reappearing pro-Kremlin narrative that human organ trafficking is systematic and is encouraged by the West.

Furthermore, the video referred to as proof of the claim is manipulated (see section video montage). The video of an unspecified representative of Ukraine's Secret Service appeared on Youtube on September 23, 2015. The footage in the video was a fragment from the video uploaded on Youtube on August 9, 2014, by a user Диванный партизан (Couch partisan). A video containing analogous footage was also uploaded later, on May 5, 2015, by an information portal, Hunter News, with the title: Трупы детей, убитых украинскими карателями Луганск 18+ (Corpses of children killed by Ukrainian chasteners, Luhansk, 18+). The further debunking of the video can be found here.