Disinfo: Ukraine must continue war in Donbas, otherwise it won’t receive financial support from the West

Summary

If the current Ukrainian government ends the war on the frontline in Donbas, then Western countries will no longer give Ukraine money.

The situation on the line of contact in the conflict zone in Donbas, suggests that the current government in Kyiv is interested in continuing the war. It is the condition for another loan from Western states. If there is no war in Donbas, there will be no money.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's relations with its foreign partners.

The claim is made without evidence and is only the latest in a string of pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories alleging that the Ukrainian authorities are purposely leading the country and people toward destruction for short-term financial gain.

The condition of every loan is predefined and usually concerns different aspects of economic policies, aimed at reforming and, thus improving, major sectors of the Ukrainian economy. See, for instance, a recent agreement between Ukraine and the IMF.

The latest memorandum between Ukraine and the IMF specifies, for instance, four policy priorities: (i) mitigating the economic impact of the crisis, including by supporting households and businesses; (ii) ensuring continued central bank independence and a flexible exchange rate; (iii) safeguarding financial stability while recovering the costs from bank resolutions; and (iv) moving forward with key governance and anti-corruption measures to preserve and deepen recent gains.

The latest EU macro-financial assistance to Ukraine was given on the condition that Ukraine continues reforms in such sectors as countering corruption, improvement of state management, energy policies, etc.

Previously pro-Kremlin disinformation claimed that in exchange for IMF loans Kyiv will carry out the genocide of Ukrainians, that Ukrainians will be turned into the cheap labour force, and that Ukraine spends half of its budget to pay debts.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West

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Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Disproof

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It has been alleged that Russian dissident was poisoned with a nerve agent of the Novichok group. Novichok is a mythical poison invented in Great Britain during its anti-Russian campaign.

Disproof

The use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group against Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has been established beyond any doubt by a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory. The allegation that Germany’s claims must be false because Navalny’s entourage didn’t showed any symptom is absurd: preliminary evidence points that Navalny was almost certainly poisoned after drinking a tea cup that contained the nerve agent, which easily explains why nobody else around him fell ill.

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on this incident, which follows the same playbook that the one deployed after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daugther in Salisbury in 2018, a case where there is strong evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence operatives and high-level Russian officials.