Disinfo: Ukraine will issue citizenship to murderers

Summary

Ukraine allowed citizenship to be issued to murderers and punishers.

Disproof

This is a recurring narrative that Kyiv favours those who support Nazi views and that the war against the people of Donbas is waged by successors of the Hitlerites.

Such fakes appeared in Russian media against the backdrop of the new Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approving the procedure for granting citizenship to foreigners who face political persecution in their homeland for supporting Ukraine. The new decision of the Cabinet of Ministers has nothing to do with the "killers". It refers to the fighters who helped ensure national security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The legislation identifies citizens who are convicted for political reasons on the territory of their state for supporting Ukraine - its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The new rules apply exclusively to those people who have been subjected to political repression, but do not apply to citizens "convicted of serious and especially grave crimes".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

The Kremlin’s repeated narrative that NATO is preparing for war.

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Britain Rules Ukraine Guilty in case of Yanukovych Debt

Great Britain finds Ukraine guilty in its dispute with Russia over outstanding Eurobonds: the $3 billion that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych borrowed from the Kremlin in 2013.

Disproof

This claim that Ukraine has been found guilty is false. At the beginning of December 2019, the British High Court of Justice began a four day hearing in the dispute between the Kremlin and Ukraine. The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether a full trial is to be held. The Supreme Court ruling based on the December 9th-12th hearings is expected in the first half of 2020.

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Estonian authorities pursue Sputnik under the cover of the EU and NATO

The Estonians would never have decided on such illegal actions if they didn’t have permission from their real owners in the West. Without the coordination with NATO allies, the USA, this situation would not have developed in such a shameful way. Moreover, representatives of NATO and the EU will cover up the actions of the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries, about the US or EU/NATO's hegemony over other countries, lost sovereignty and external control of the Baltic states.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are sovereign countries, who determine their own domestic and foreign policies, including membership in military and other alliances.