Disinfo: Ukraine is governed by a terrorist junta

Summary

Ukraine is governed by a terrorist junta that destroys Russian language and shoots at the Russians in Donbas.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation. Ukraine is not governed by a junta. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/119078?download=true), 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." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126043), as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

Ukraine is not destroying Russian language. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, state language of the country is Ukrainian. Free development, use and protection of Russian, and other languages of national minorities of Ukraine, is guaranteed. web.archive.org/web/20110521190059/http://www.rada.gov.ua/const/conengl.htm,

Donbas is part of Ukraine. In the last Ukrainian census, carried out in 2001, 8.3 million people (17.3% of the population) identified as ethnic Russians bit.ly/1gKrIph, .

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russian language, Junta, Donbas, Terrorism, Ethnic Russians
  • Outlet: Pravo Golosa @TV Centr, 1:01:22
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Latvia and Estonia have claims for Russian territories, Poland wants to seize Ukraine and Belarus, Romania Transnistria

Poland wants to seize [the Ukrainian city of] Lviv and Ukraine as well as Belarus in general and become their patron. Meanwhile, Romania wants to seize Moldova’s [breakaway] Dniester Region. Latvia and Estonia have their own claims for Russian territories.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation suggesting that EU Member States pose a threat to their neighbours.

The West is preparing to attack Russia

The West is preparing to attack Russia. We do not know what form this attack will take.  NATO is squeezing Russia from all sides.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim ignores the facts of geography. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, 1,215 kilometres, or less than one-sixteenth, face current NATO members. bit.ly/2sX0IFD,

Russia is under unprecedented military pressure

Russia is under pressure, including military pressure, that is unprecedented in the last 500 years.

Disproof

No objective figures would suggest that the current military pressure on Russia is on a par with or larger than e.g. during the WW2 or during the Cold War. Russia's military exercises in recent years have been far bigger than those of NATO: bit.ly/29kpLYm, . Moreover, significant NATO exercises are subject to notification or open to observers bit.ly/2dQA71d, .