Disinfo: Ukrainian elections have to be recognised as illegitimate


The Presidential elections in Ukraine have to be recognised as illegitimate. There has never been such dirty, brutal use of illegal funding during an election campaign in Ukraine as at this time.


Recurring and unfounded pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Ukraine elections.

The OSCE PA Election Observation Mission in Ukraine has declared that the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine was competitive, and citizens had the opportunity to freely express their will.  “We can admit that there were definitely competitive elections and the opportunity to vote for the candidate the citizens wanted to elect was provided”, the OSCE Special Coordinator, OSCE PA Honorary President Ilkka Kanerva said.

Following the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, the same position was announced by the Head of the EP election observation delegation Dariusz Rosati. According to him, these elections were definitely competitive, since no candidate could be clearly identified as the likely winner.

The Canadian Election Observation Mission in Ukraine also considers the elections as fair. A press release of the Canadian Mission says that Ukraine’s highly competitive presidential election meets international standards.


  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Elections


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Western warlike provocations in the Black Sea

Since 1990, the Western answer was clear: under no circumstances should Moscow be able to sit at the same table.  The new antagonism was decreed by the West and they tried to bring it about by global constriction of the Russian Federation.

The warlike provocations of the West in the Black Sea must cease and there must be the opportunity for all sides to face up to their true behaviour.  The escalation screw is in American hands.  Europe and the world must be made capable of peace.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia and on Russophobia.

Moreover, there was a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.  Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.  The EU and NATO repeatedly emphasised their intention to have a "constructive dialogue with Russia". Read more here.

France and Belgium to stage chemical attack in Syria

The intelligence services of France and Belgium are preparing a false-flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province, in coordination with local terrorist cells and the pseudo-humanitarian White Helmets group. Once filmed, the footage will be doctored to “prove” Moscow’s involvement in the attack.

Russia has repeatedly warned of Western false-flag operations in Syria, such as the planned September 2018 chemical attack designed to justify coalition airstrikes on Syrian government troops. The operation was exposed by Moscow and aborted.


The report is an amalgam of recurring pro-Kremlin narratives blaming Western governments and organizations for "false-flag attacks" in Syria; painting the White Helmets as terrorists; and deflecting blame from the Assad regime.

The Russian Defence Ministry provides no evidence for its claims. It relies instead on false precision as to the timing of the operation; the parties involved; the character and packaging of the chemical substance to be used; and the dollar equivalent of compensation to be paid out to "actors."

The United States and the EU want to isolate Russia

The United States made the decision – and Europe followed – to isolate Russia.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia, the West attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia.