Disinfo: Ukraine is waging a war on the civilian population in…

Summary

Ukraine is waging a war on the civilian population in Donbas after the coup in Kyiv.

Disproof

Ukraine is fighting the Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The EU High Representative's Spokesperson has made it clear that "Ukraine has a right to take legitimate actions in defence of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens, in full respect of its international obligations. It is Ukraine’s duty to preserve law and order within its borders while maintaining a measured approach, in particular protecting civilian lives" bit.ly/1RMKnDr, . The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country.

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  • Reported in: Issue 63
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Donbas
  • Outlet: Online petition
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Ukraine, which gained independence after the collapse of the USSR,…

Ukraine, which gained independence after the collapse of the USSR, was created as a state whose policy must be directed against Russia.

Disproof

A very common piece of disinformation which claims that Ukrainians are anti-Russian. 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 actions of Russia such as the illegal annexation of Crimea and the backing of the separatists and their self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine are perceived as unfriendly steps/aggression by the majority of Ukrainian society.

Ukraine is falling apart right now because there is no…

Ukraine is falling apart right now because there is no political force there that supports the idea of a united and indivisible Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. All political parties and forces of Ukraine, except for the Russian-backed separatists in Donbas and Russian administration of Crimea annexed by Moscow, support the idea of a united and indivisible state.

Since the first day of its independence, Ukrainian authorities have…

Since the first day of its independence, Ukrainian authorities have systematically violated the rights of ethnic Russians forbidding them to speak in Russian.

Disproof

According to Ukraine’s Constitution and the Law on languages, every person is guaranteed the right to choose the language he or she wishes to speak and no restrictions have ever been enacted limiting that choice (see Article 10: bit.ly/2ep35dP.), According to the Council of Europe, "In respect of the Russian language, most undertakings chosen by Ukraine under the European Charter for regional or minority languages were fulfilled or partly fulfilled." bit.ly/2en7tsa, .