Ukraine is destroying European values, the economy is collapsing, there…

Summary

Ukraine is destroying European values, the economy is collapsing, there is no freedom of speech.

Disproof

Ukraine's GDP growth is accelerating: bit.ly/2nWvQ3N, // The situation with freedom of speech is becoming better in Ukraine, according to the World Press Freedom Index, Ukraine has risen to place 107 and category "problematic" in 2016 (from position 129 and category "bad" in 2015); Russia was placed 148th in 2016 and 152nd in 2015 (in both cases category "bad").

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 65
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/03/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: European values, Freedom of speech, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: ‘Vremya pokazhet’ @ ‘Pervyi kanal’ (26:28)
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When starting the anti-terrorist mission in Donbas, Ukraine’s government was…

When starting the anti-terrorist mission in Donbas, Ukraine’s government was planning to construct ‘concentration camps’ for the population of this region.

Disproof

No evidence given for this conspiracy theory, which recalls last unsubstantiated allegations regarding concentration camps elsewhere in the region - a recurring disinformation theme.

Ukraine is a terrorist state where the authorities are constantly…

Ukraine is a terrorist state where the authorities are constantly calling for terrorist acts and registering terrorist organizations as NGOs.

Disproof

No evidence given for this re-occuring disinformation. Ukraine is a legitimate state with a legitimate government as shown by the democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014 and local elections in 2015. Ukraine is making progress in reforms in key areas, notably constitutional reform, decentralisation, the fight against corruption and the judiciary. The EU welcomes these steps and is providing substantial support in all these areas.

Ukraine does not intend to implement the Minsk agreements, but…

Ukraine does not intend to implement the Minsk agreements, but to unleash civil war.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the latest status report of the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, there are violations of the Minsk agreement on both sides of the conflict. During the last two weeks two incidents involving small-arms fire and mortar rounds explosions near SMM members and vehicles were registered in areas not controlled by the Government. bit.ly/2oDYchC, . Most of the measures in the Minsk agreements depend above all on Russia and its proxies, including the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry, full monitoring access for the OSCE, and the full restoration of control of the state border to the Ukrainian government.