Disinfo: Ukraine ceased improving the gas network in the country

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, gas, economy, Nord Stream 2, Economic difficulties

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Ukrainian society does not support accession to the EU and NATO

NATO is supported by no more than 40-42% of citizens; 34-36% are strongly against NATO. Half of the country’s population supports accession to the EU, but one third is against.

Disproof

The latest sociological research shows that accession to NATO and the EU is supported by the majority of those who have made up their minds. For instance, in research made in January by the Rating Group, 44% of the respondents voted for accession to NATO, whereas 30% were against. 10% said they won’t vote if the question would be on a referendum, 17% could not answer. The same is with the support for the EU. The majority, 53%, of the respondents support the EU. The Tax Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan is supported only by 13%. To compare, in March 2012 the latter was supported by 43%, whereas the EU by 36%. According to a December poll by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the EU is supported by 59% of the respondents. The support for the EU is rising: from 57% in 2014 to 59% in 2017. On the opposite, the Tax Union is supported by 12,5%. The majority support the EU in Western (88%) and Central Ukraine (70%). The respondents from Southern Ukraine also prefer the EU (41% vs 12%). Only in Eastern Ukraine 33% of respondents want to have closer relations with Russia, while with the EU 27%. But almost half of the respondents (47% in Southern and 40% in Eastern) are not sure about the choice. Is also mentioned that out of the 69% who are willing to take part in a referendum on accession to NATO, 70% would vote in favour of accession, 28% would vote against. NATO is supported by the majority in all regions, except the East. According to Socis Centre poll, only 8% of respondents support orientation towards Russia; 42,8% support orientation to the West and 44,7% believe Ukraine should choose own way of development without orientation towards either the West or the East. Accession to NATO is supported by 45,5%, while 29,4% are against the accession. Accession to the EU is supported by 58,3%, whereas 21,3% would vote against.

The situation in Ukraine is institutionalised terrorism and poses a threat to the nation and the world

The current situation in Ukraine is institutionalised terrorism that poses a threat to the nation and the world. The EuroMaidan-protests in Ukraine led to a coup supported by the US and the EU.The situation today is a shame, the “heroes” of today’s Ukraine are pogrom makers, anti-Semites and all sorts of radicals.

Disproof

Recurring Russian narrative about an US-and EU backed coup d'etat in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. There were democratic Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine. 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. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

The EU is dependent on US-foreign policy

The EU is dependent on US-foreign policy and it is interested in Venezuela because of future profits from its rich oil resources.

Disproof

The EU is not "dependent" on the United States of America in terms of foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. It is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinfo narrative about US controlling other countries. Previous examples include US controlling German media and it's foreign policy and keeping Britain under it's thumb. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the last presidential elections in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela.