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Fake: Poles Demand Autonomy from Kyiv

Russian media regularly disseminate fake stories about regional autonomy in Ukraine. The latest version of this favorite theme concerns the Polish minority in western Ukrainian, who according to Russian media are demanding economic autonomy and closer integration with Poland. NTV, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Vesti, Lenta.ru, Komsomolskaya Pravda and other Russian media all published versions of this fake story. The obscure web site Lviv.web2ua.com first published this fake story in a text

Fake: Western Ukrainians don’t know Ukrainian

Russia’s federal news agency RIAFAN published a story claiming that residents of western Ukraine don’t know the Ukrainian language. According to RIAFA official Ukrainian university entrance exams showed that western Ukrainians had the worst scores in Ukrainian language, literature and history. This claim is inaccurate. According to the official Testing Authority 9.16% of applicants in the western Ukrainian province of Ternopil did not take the Ukrainian language exam, while in

Fake: Ukraine’s Gagauz minority demand autonomy

National minority demands for autonomy, a staple of Russian fakes about Ukraine, made a comeback this week with the claim that the Turkic minority of Gagauz people in the Odesa region are demanding autonomy. Lenta.ru announced that the Gagauz Union of Ukraine asked President Poroshenko to create a Gagauz territorial autonomy in Odesa oblast. The union posted this appeal on their page on the Vkontakte Russian social media site, claims

Fake: Several Ukrainian Oblasts Demand Autonomy

Russian state owned Rossiya 24 television channel broadcast a report claiming that four Ukrainian regions were demanding autonomy from Kyiv. The regions featured in the fake Rossiya 24 story are the western Ukrainian Khmelnycky oblast, Zhytomyr and Kirovohrad oblasts in central Ukraine and the southern Odesa province. Rossiya 24’s claims were quickly picked up by NTV.ru, Channel 5, TVC, the sites politobzor.net and Sevastopol.su. In fact none of the regions

Fake: Transcarpathia Demands Autonomy from Kyiv

On April 7 Russian news website Lenta.ru published a news item claiming that the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine was demanding autonomy. The source of this claim is an April 5 Transcacarpathian oblast council decision in which regional representatives are  allegedly “demanding that Transcarpathia be recognized as a special self-governing administrative territory and that the country’s constitution should be amended without delay to reflect this.” The Transcarpathian regional council as well

Fake: Bukovinian Romanians Demand Autonomy

In late July, Russian and Ukrainian media falsely reported that the self-described Assembly of Bukovina Romanians in Chernivtsi had demanded autonomy and a special status for Romanians in Ukraine. This was reported by Ukraine’s Argumenty i Fakty, Kommentarii, and Russia’s Russia Today, Izvestiya and Sputnik, as well as by International Business Times. The unconfirmed information first appeared on the obscure site, nr24.org. It was then picked up by Korrespondent, and

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