Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup

Summary

Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup. Euromaidan would have not happened if people knew what will they will have to face: that the country will disintegrate, economy will collapse, civil war will break out, corruption will flourish…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10

There was no coup in Ukraine in 2014. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf

Regarding Ukraine’s economy and corruption: Ukraine's economy has continued the recovery started in 2016, following the recession of 2014-2015. GDP grew by 2.5% in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5% in 2018. Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating public finances, notably by reducing the fiscal deficit from 4.5% GDP in 2014 to 1.4% in 2017. Inflation has decreased substantially since 2015, down to 13.7% in 2017 and 8.9% by July 2018.  According to the World Bank's Doing Business survey, Ukraine ranks 76th in 2018, which is an improvement from 80th in 2017, and 142nd in 2010, the EU’s Association Implementation Report says. https://cdn3-eeas.fpfis.tech.ec.europa.eu/cdn/farfuture/aZnrbQ70ZJtiXaRXV69qTtPI-d-gbCzZxpirQUpU6EY/mtime:1541749617/sites/eeas/files/2018_association_implementation_report_on_ukraine.pdf The report notes the slower pace of reforms in the areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, Ukrainian disintegration, Corruption, Economic difficulties, Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1, 28.20
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In 1612 the word “Ukraine” was not heard anywhere

“Ukrainians in the Polish Army in 1612 allegedly seized Moscow (…) Of course it was a big government, a commonwealth, with Poles and Lithuanians, there could have been people who weren’t Poles, and those who would later call themselves Ukrainians, but in 1612 the word ‘Ukraine’ was not heard anywhere”, said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood.

In fact, according to the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, which is produced by the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian studies in the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, "the modern name 'Ukraintsi' (Ukrainians) is derived from 'Ukraina' (Ukraine), a name first documented in the Kyiv Chronicle under the year 1187". The term "Ukrainiany" appears in the chronicle under the year 1268.

Ukrainian boy killed by Hungarian teenagers in Transcarpathia

A Ukrainian boy was cruelly murdered by Hungarian teenagers in a village near Berehovo in Transcarpathia.

The boy died as a result of the beating and local police have refused to investigate the matter, according to his mother Nadia Smereka.

Disproof

No facts mentioned. Recurring disinformation narrative about the relations between Ukraine and Hungary.

The police of the Transcarpathian region announced that this story was a fake, as was the alleged letter from the police that Smereka published on the Politiko.ua portal, according to Stop Fake. The police informed that after a investigation of the alleged crime, they found that no such crime had been committed in Transcarpathia.

Ukraine secretly cedes its borders to the European Union

Ukraine secretly cedes its borders to the European Union.

Ukraine’s border service fully obeys FRONTEX. Ukrainian passengers at the Kyiv and Odesa airports are screened by EU border guards. European border guards don’t trust their Ukrainian colleagues and have decided to check the quality of work in person.

On the other hand, the invasion of a new wave of migrants from Ukraine is becoming a big problem in Europe. In order to prevent the subsequent collapse of the eurozone in a context of rising anti-immigrant sentiments, the European structures decided to stop potential criminals before they cross the border.
Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood.

According to Stop Fake, the spokesperson of the European Union Border Assistance Mission Ronan Goggin informed that currently Ukraine and the EU are working to harmonize border control, customs and trade standards and procedures with those in EU member states. The EU provides Ukraine with expert assistance and is not involved in the direct implementation of border functions.