Tag "Donbas"

Russian Reactions on Ukraine Agreeing to the Steinmeier Formula for Donbas

On October 1 President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine had agreed to adopt the so-called Steinmeier formula in an effort to end the war in eastern Ukraine. Making the announcement Zelensky emphasized that Donbas local elections can only be held in accordance with Ukrainian law and only after the withdrawal of troops from the occupied territories and subject to Ukraine resuming control over its state border with Russia. The Steinmeier

Fake: Relations between Russia and the West Deteriorating because of Ukraine

Relations between Russia and the West have worsened because of Ukraine where a coup has brought on a civil war, RT declared this week. The article regurgitates various tried and true Kremlin tropes, that Western countries are coming around to Russia’s side, that the Russia sanction front is weakening and that the reason for worsening relations with the West is Ukraine, where the “2014 coup led to a civil war”.

Fake: Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Says Ukrainian Military Violate Ceasefire Most

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova published an infographic on her official Facebook page alleging that Ukrainian military violate ceasefires more often than the Russian supported militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.  Zakharova claims her information is based OSCE Ukraine Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reports. Ukraine’s Joint Armed Forces told StopFake that Zakharova’s claims have no basis in reality. Our own analysis of OSCE SMM reports mentioned

Fake: Kyiv Admits Shelling Donbas Civilian Areas

Russian media quickly jumped at the first television appearance of Ukrainian presidential spokeswoman Yulia Mendel, turning an unfortunate comment she made into an alleged admission that Ukraine’s military is killing Donbas civilians in eastern Ukraine. StopFake has repeatedly debunked such Russian claims. In this case, Mendel’s choice of words were twisted and taken out of context, and claims that Ukrainian soldiers shoot at civilians are simply not true. Presidential press

Fake: Kyiv Recognizes that Russia is Protecting Donbas Residents

This week several pro-Kremlin publications declared that Ukraine admitted that Moscow is really protecting the residents of Russian occupied Donbas. Ukraina.ru and Luga news write that official Kyiv recognizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s May 1 decree to ease the procedure for obtaining Russian passports for Donbas residents is aimed at protecting the citizens of his country. This admission is attributed to Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories Yuriy

StopFake News #232 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Ukraine is a hotbed of anti-Semitism. Ukrainian Armed Forces stuffing ballots. Half of Ukraine’s Donbas Displaced persons can’t find work in Ukraine. Residents of Mariupol vote under the barrel of a gun.

Fake: Elections in Donbas being controlled by “armed Ukrainian punishers”

The Ukrainian ”junta and punishers” are controlling the presidential elections in the unoccupied parts of Donbas. According to this agitprop, “armed Kyiv rebels” are parked outside polling stations in armed personnel carriers. In part, the propagandists claim, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are fully controlling the voting process in the “Mariupol, [which is] occupied by the Kyiv rebels.”   Thus pro-Russian media and propagandists in occupied have distorted a Hromadske

Fake: Half of Donbas IDPs Can’t Find Work in Ukraine

More than half of Ukraine’s  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)who left Russian occupied Donbas can’t find employment on Ukrainian territory, reported Russian and Ukrainian media on April 9. These stories refer to a study by Ukraine’s National System for IDP Monitoring but do not provide any links to the actual study itself. They also claim that IDPs can’t are forced to return to the occupied territories because they can’t find adequate

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