Disinfo: Ukraine is being prepared for a full-scale war with Russia

Summary

All this hype with a poll of the Ukrainian population by President Zelenskyy was conceived with only one goal, to get support for plans to organise foreign military bases in Ukraine and create a springboard for a full-scale war with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the country's attempts to start a war with Russia.

According to the Ukrainian President's office, on the day of the local elections, 25 October, Ukrainians will be asked five questions on various issues. This poll, unlike a referendum, will not have direct legal consequences but will give every citizen an opportunity to comment on issues important to society.

Also, among the questions, there is no mention of the placement of foreign bases in Ukraine, just like there are no claims about preparing for a war with Russia.

Read similar case claims that Ukraine is going to launch a missile strike on Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia, War in Ukraine

Disclaimer

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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