Disinfo: Ukraine needs war in Donbas to receive financial aid from the IMF

Summary

The Ukrainian authorities need a war in Donbas as a condition for receiving financial assistance from the IMF. […] the war in the east of Ukraine is a guarantee that the West continues its funding of Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, aiming to portray the conflict as Ukraine's civil war.

The IMF promotes international financial stability, monetary cooperation, employment and sustainable economic growth, facilitates international trade and helps to reduce global poverty. Cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF is based on bilateral agreements and a commitment of the Ukrainian authorities to implement reforms necessary for the development of the state. In the latest memorandum, agreed in June 2020, Ukraine and the IMF set out the four priorities: to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis,  to ensure continued central bank independence and a flexible exchange rate, to safeguard financial stability, and to move forward with key governance and anti-corruption measures.

See earlier disinformation cases on Ukraine-IMF cooperation in our database: that Ukraine agrees to carry out genocide of Ukrainian citizens in exchange for IMF loans, that the memorandum with IMF is putting Ukraine under external control, that IMF policy in Ukraine aims to turn Ukrainians into the cheap labour force, or that Ukraine spends half of its budget to pay debts.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, IMF, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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