Disinfo: Ukraine will legalise mass detentions of Russian citizens

Summary

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is initiating amendments to some laws of Ukraine, which will allow the security officials of all departments to detain and place in special zones all citizens of the Russian Federation who crossed the Ukrainian border.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about Ukraine's ubiquitous Russophobia.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine does have a "Draft law on Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Concerning the Regulation of Issues Related to Prisoners of War and Internees in a Special Period". But Russian citizens are not mentioned there. "During a special period, take measures to identify citizens of a state that threatens to attack or carry out aggression against Ukraine on the territory of Ukraine…," the document says.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia

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Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, claiming that sanctions on Russia were Russophobic, that they were imposed following US orders and that they were ultimately ineffective. All of them are false.

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Disproof

There is no evidence of US and EU interference in upcoming elections in Moldova. The US and EU countries support a free and fair electoral process in Moldova.

A statement published by the EU on 02 November 2020 underlines that "The European Union fully supports the strengthening of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova and highlights that respecting the right of all voters to express their will in credible, inclusive and transparent elections is a fundamental democratic principle which is also at the heart of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement."

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Disproof

This is an attempt to portray a limited impact measure in one US state, Oregon, as a move in the entire of the US towards the legalisation of hard drugs, fitting a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the morally decaying West.

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