Disinfo: Ukraine allows 14-year-olds to change their sex without parental consent


The Ukrainian Rada registered a bill that allows 14-year-olds to change their sex without parental consent.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, attempting to paint the country as a failing, unstable state. Besides attacking Ukraine's legal reforms, which is one of several common disinformation strategies targeting Ukraine, it also attempts to paint the country as "morally degenerate" on LGBT issues, in line with one of the most common narratives used to attack Western values.

The bill in question aims to improve the realization of rights for adolescents in the healthcare sector; it does not provide the rights to change sex.

The main photo of the article, depicting children with LGBT flags is also deceptive. It was taken in Ireland in 2015 and has nothing to do with Ukraine.

For similar cases attempting to undermine Ukraine's legal reforms, see here, here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: legislation, Western values, Ukrainian disintegration, LGBT


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Polish authorities created an insane hysteria of intimidation with Russia, used for the needs of domestic politics

The intimidation with Russia, which has been taking place over the past ten years, has led to a situation where the authors of this insane hysteria got scared of the monster, which they had themselves created for the needs of domestic politics.


This message is a part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack on Poland, accusing this country of Russophobia, waging an information war against Russia and manipulation of history for political reasons.

The Polish authorities do not promote any policy of “intimidation with Russia” and they do not create  “insane hysterias” connected to Russia. The main current Russia-connected concerns of Poland are a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the military conflict in Donbas. The Polish government shows its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Child Rights’ Code and UNICEF encourage drug and alcohol use among teens

According to UNICEF’s conclusion, reflected by the Georgian Parliament in the Code on the Rights of the Child, a parent should not prohibit a child from using drugs and alcohol…As soon as this “law” enters into force, parents will be under pressure and will be strictly punished by law if they demonstrate even minor strictness towards children, for example, if they do not allow them to go somewhere or scold them for their clothing, or prohibit them from using alcohol or so called soft drugs.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on values and moral decay. Repeated targeted campaign against UNICEF. This is exactly the same narrative already published in January 2020. Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child reads that participating states shall take all appropriate measures to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs. Furthermore, article 63 of Georgia's Code on the Rights of the Child strictly prohibits the sale of alcohol, drugs, psychoactive, toxic and other harmful substances to children.

See previous cases here.

British cyber forces are attacking Russia with anti-Russian fuss

A special unit in the British cyber forces is called JTRIG, and it is this unit’s ‘specialists’ who quite often carry out propagandistic cyber operations, which have recently most often been directed against Russia. Among these are the anti-Russian fuss around Skripal poisoning, groundless accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in the crash of the Malaysian plane MH-17 over Donetsk, and accusations of Moscow’s aggressive actions in Syria.


This is an unfounded conspiracy theory that utilises the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative invoking "Russophobia", which is used to attempt to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions as merely being a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" attitudes. In fact, the Skripal case, the downing of MH17, and Russian military aggression in Syria are all well-documented cases of Kremlin-organised acts of violence outside Russia. There is no evidence to support the groundless claim about the British cyber forces.

For similar cases attempting to smear the UK for being Russophobic or anti-Russian, see here.