Ukraine’s Maidan was a coup, financed by Petro Poroshenko and…

Summary

Ukraine’s Maidan was a coup, financed by Petro Poroshenko and Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

Disproof

Repeating already debunked disinformation. The demonstrations which began in Kiev in November 2013 were born out of Ukrainians' own desire for a closer relationship with the European Union, and their frustration when former President Yanukovych halted progress toward that goal as a result of Russian pressure (bit.ly/1Ri9ldy), . The Yanukovych government lost its legitimacy following the brutal crackdown it ordered on peaceful protesters (bit.ly/1Tl9X7W), . The current government is fully legitimate.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 25
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan, Petro Poroshenko
  • Outlet: Secret TV, YouTube channel
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Ukraine is on the verge of a second nuclear catastrophe…

Ukraine is on the verge of a second nuclear catastrophe as it is increasing its use of American nuclear fuel for powering atomic plants in the country while phasing out previous cooperation with Russia in this area.

Disproof

According to Ukraine’s State Statistics Service, only a fraction of Ukraine’s nuclear fuel comes from the US, in 2015 Ukraine purchased 95% of its nuclear fuel from Russia, in 2014, 94% (bit.ly/1YjEBhT), .

Ukraine is governed by a junta

Ukraine is governed by a junta.

Disproof

Repeating already debunked disinformation. Ukraine's President Poroshenko was elected on 25 May with a clear majority in a vote which the OSCE characterized as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." The current parliament was elected on 26 October in a vote which the OSCE characterized as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms" (bit.ly/1Tdu8Qw), .

In Russia, corruption in the corporate sector has dropped by…

In Russia, corruption in the corporate sector has dropped by 14% compared to last year. The country has caught up with the US in terms of corruption, according to the study conducted by Ernst & Young (EY).

Disproof

Ernst & Young's survey addresses a specific form of corrupt practices, its results do not indicate the absolute level of corruption in Russia. According to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Russia ranks 119 out of 168 countries compared to the USA's rank of 16 (bit.ly/1Vq1aQe), .