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Fake: Ukraine Denies German Election Observers Accreditation

Pro-Kremlin media went into a frenzy this week claiming Ukraine scandalously refused to register German election observers for the upcoming March 31 presidential elections. “Kyiv sees the Germans as pro-Russian agents of influence” wailed Utro.ru. “Ukraine is afraid there will be pro-Russian politicians in the German delegation” warned Ukraina.ru. “There is no support from Ukraine for German observers to monitor the elections” declared Russia’s Channel Five. Gazeta.ru, Izvestia, Channel 5,

StopFake #226 with Marko Suprun

Distortion: Ukrainians morally prepared for election fraud. Fake: Ukrainian National Railway runs out of fuel. Weaponizing news: RT, Sputnik and targeted disinformation.

Fake: Poroshenko Wanted to Exchange Crimea for NATO Membership

Scores of Russian media circulated stories last week claiming that in 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko allegedly wanted to exchange Crimea for membership in the European Union and NATO. The source of this claim is former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who from May 2015 until November 2016 was the governor of Ukraine’s Odesa province. Saakashvili told Ukrainian journalist Dimitri Gordon that Poroshenko told him Ukraine should get used to the

Weaponising News: RT, Sputnik and Targeted Disinformation

A few weeks ago, The Policy Institute and the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College in London, published a report about how the Kremlin’s media machine manipulates the news in an effort to capture elite thinking. The report, entitled Weaponising news: RT, Sputnik and targeted disinformation is written by Dr. Gordon Ramsay and Dr. Sam Robertshaw, is available online and includes a case study

Fake:  Foreign Troops in Ukraine Will Destroy the Country

Ukrainian authorities want to raze the country to the ground – this was the reaction of a Russian Duma official to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signing a law allowing foreign troops to be present on Ukrainian territory in 2019. Allowing foreign military to enter Ukrainian soil is a strike against Ukrainian unity with which Kyiv intends to stir up conflicts in the country declared Leonid Kalashnikov, the chairman of the

Fake: Europe May Cancel Visa-Free Travel Because of Measles Epidemic in Ukraine

The pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru announced that a measles outbreak in Ukraine can lead to Ukraine losing its visa free status with the European Union Schengen zone. The publication cites the president of the Ukrainian Association of Psychiatrists Semen Hluzman as its source for the claim, Hluzman however, said something rather different and the latest EU report on Ukraine’s adherence to the conditions of visa-free travel makes no reference to measles

StopFake #225 with Marko Suprun

Fake: European Parliament accuses President Poroshenko of church schism to win presidential election; Ukraine is an artificial language constructed by the USSR. Five years of relentless fakes about Crimea.

Fake: Ukrainian National Railway Runs Out of Fuel

Pro-Kremlin media featured stories this week claiming that the Ukrainian national railway Ukrzaliznytsia had run out of fuel. Rambler, Ukraina.ru, Donetsk 24 and others all cited an alleged telegram signed by an Ukrzaliznytsia board member which states that urgent measures to save fuel must be taken because the centralized supply of diesel is temporarily stopped. StopFake asked Ukrzaliznytsia whether the company was really running out of fuel and would be

Distortion: Ukrainians Morally Prepared for Election Fraud

Russian propagandist site Ukraina.ru announced this week that according to recent polling, the majority of Ukrainians are demoralized and do not believe that the upcoming presidential elections will be honest. Ukraina.ru twists the poll results to conclude that Ukrainians are morally prepared for election fraud.  This assertion is a gross distortion of the actual poll results. Election fraud, violations and falsifications are constant themes in Russian narratives about the upcoming

Fake: Ukrainian – an Artificial Language Created in USSR

Responding to an article by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin about the establishment of the independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the Portuguese website Observador, RT Russian accused the Ukrainian politician of dividing fraternal nations and announced that Ukrainian was an artificial language created in the Soviet Union. RT cites Russian philologist Pavel Borodin who claims that the Ukrainian language was a completely artificial Soviet construct. “They lumped it together

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