Disinfo: Radical forces have a plan to storm Kyiv if President Poroshenko uses force against Saakashvili’s supporters

Summary

In fact, the radicals began preparing long ago. Moreover, they are preparing to storm Kyiv. They are getting ready and they are ready to fight. In principle, they are ready to overthrow this power. […] If the situation now develops and the assault starts, […] these battalions […] well-armed, with combat equipment, which was provided by their supreme commander-in-chief, are ready to move at any moment.

Disproof

No evidence of the plans to storm Kyiv by anybody now. During the demonstration on October 17 in Kyiv, protesters called for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to enact anticorruption reforms or step down at a rally organized by Mikheil Saakashvili and other opposition leaders.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue85
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine

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Protests of the Saakashvili’s supporters confirm the fact that there is a civil war in Ukraine

And these events [protests of the Saakashvili’s supporters in Kyiv], when everyone suddenly became disillusioned with all politicians, this is an indicator that there is no external aggression in Ukraine, but a real civil war. Dirty and disgusting, with a bunch of corrupt officials, cashing in on this war. The authorities justify all their shortcomings by the fact that they have been allegedly attacked.

Disproof

No evidence of civil war in Ukraine, which is suffering an aggression of Russia that has annexed the Crimea and waged an armed conflict in Donbas. As for the street protests in democratic regimes, they indicate not a civil war, but a political activity of the voters. During the demonstration on October 17 in Kyiv, protesters called for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to enact anticorruption reforms or step down at a rally organized by Mikheil Saakashvili and other opposition leaders.

George Soros and the US Embassy in Ukraine are running the protests of the Saakashvili’s supporters.

The embassy located on Tankovaya street [US Embassy in Kyiv] is behind of this. All three demands [three laws demanded by the supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili] were issued by the ambassador of the United States and tested via the people, who are working in the system of Soros.

 

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory. No evidence given of the US embassy or George Soros' participation in protests against corruption.

Ukraine politics is irrational and has already buried its European choice

Ukrainian politics is not just irrational and devoid of logic – and why the Europeans cannot understand it, cannot then stand on one or the other side, and it’s becoming even worse now – [Ukrainian politics] has been arranged generally outside the framework of traditional politics. [—] the main problem of the current Ukraine is that it has buried its European choice in front of the eyes of Europe.

            

Disproof

The EU supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and sees the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for a sustainable, political solution to the conflict in the east of the country. Since spring 2014, the EU has stepped up its support for economic and political reforms in Ukraine. Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union, also within the EU's Eastern Partnership.

On 1 September 2017, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement came into full force, and on 1 October 2017 the additional autonomous trade measures of the EU for Ukraine entered into force.