Disinfo: Ukraine is puppet of the West in the geopolitical game against Russia

Summary

The West is not interested in the welfare of the Ukrainian people. Kyiv serves as a puppet in the geopolitical game against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the relationship between the West and Ukraine. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The EU is helping Ukraine through various concrete means. Above all, the entry into force of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 1st of January 2016 offers duty free (for most products) access to the largest market in the world to Ukrainian companies; secondly, the EU has granted cheap and long term loans to Ukraine to help the country to stabilised its economy: 2,2 bn € have been disbursed already; the EU (whose Member States represent altogether the largest IMF shareholder) is strongly supporting the IMF loans and programmes which have helped to stabilise the economic situation in Ukraine and will continue to help the country to reform its economy. The EU is providing substantial budget support, technical assistance and loans to the businesses through the EIB.

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  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2019
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, European Union, Ukrainian disintegration
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Legitimacy of Ukrainian government almost at zero

The legitimacy of the Ukrainian parliament is today at 1.5-2%. They do not have the legitimacy that gives them the right to speak on behalf of the people on issues like on accession to NATO and the EU.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on the approval rate of the Ukrainian political institutions. According to a poll, conducted by Razumkov Center in June 2018, the support of the Parliament is 10,3%, the Government – 13,7%, the President – 13,8%. In a poll, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in December 2018, 8% of respondents mentioned that they support the Parliament of Ukraine and 11% support the Government. The highest support is for the President – 16%. In December 2017, the support of these institutions was lower. During the last presidential elections, Petro Poroshenko won in the first round with 54,7% of the votes. The two biggest parties in the Parliament at the last parliamentary elections, in 2014, were supported by 22,14% (Narodnyi Front) and 21,82% (Blok Petra Poroshenka) respectively.

The United States use terrorism in their own interests

The United States uses terrorism in its own interests, said Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich. This “deeply sophisticated” mechanism is, according to him, indispensable for the American special services. Thanks to a complicated intelligence structure, it is not possible to catch the United States out. This mechanism is profoundly sophisticated and it works.

Disproof

No evidence given. The claim is similar to a conspiracy theory Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that the US is supporting terrorist and ISIS in Syria.

Ukrainian Health Minister has secret mission to reduce the number of Ukrainians

One of the tasks of Uliana Suprun is to reduce Ukrainian healthcare to the level of the poorest third world countries. However, this is not her main task. This involves the “optimisation” of the number of residents of Ukraine, a consistent reduction of the population. This takes time without gas chambers. She is strongly supported by the West.

Disproof

Unfounded claims, presented without any evidence. An example of a conspiracy theory; recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine and medical reform in Ukraine. The Ukrainian reform of healthcare systems has several aims. Firstly, it aims to introduce a new mechanism of financing the healthcare sector: the state will finance the needs of a patient – not the hospitals. Secondly, the position of a “family doctor” was introduced. Thirdly, it clearly defines limits on what the state will pay for. Fourthly, doctors will have to adhere to international medical protocols. Fifthly, the Ministry of Health expects that the salaries of doctors will increase.