Tag "Ukraine"

Manipulation: Voters in Ivano-Frankivsk send SOS signals

Propaganda website Tsargrad reported in social media posts that “not everything is alright” in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk given that voters are purportedly writing SOS signals on ballots. The report doesn’t attribute the source. This was fact was indeed confirmed by voter watchdog Chesno, but only in one incident and isn’t testimony that “Ukrainian voters are sending SOS signals.” Screenshot tsargrad.tv The fake news report states that “not

The EU’s Camps in Ukraine: A case of proactive disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo “Guantanamo Near Donetsk: Ukraine has been building a concentration camp for the separatists.”  In April 2015, this message headlined a story published by Zvezda, the official outlet of Russia’s Ministry of Defence. The story also told that “according to documents found at the facility, the construction was financed by the European Union.” Zvezda’s publication was not an isolated event. In a matter of one week in 2015, different Russian media

Fake: Kurt Volker Interferes in Ukraine’s Internal Affairs

Pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru accused U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. The story cites Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the Opposition Platform for Life party, who during a television interview said that Volker had exceeded his authority and violated Ukrainian legislation. In an April 4 interview with American PBS public broadcaster Kurt Volker was asked if he thought presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelensky was a

Fake: British Ambassador Violates Ukraine’s Election Law

Russian media were busy this week claiming that British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough allegedly violated Ukraine’s election law by showing an open presidential ballot. In fact Ms. Gough did not such thing, a violation would have occurred only if the ballot was filled out or if the results of someone’s vote were somehow made public. British ambassador breaks Ukrainian election law by being photographed with an election ballot, declared

Fake: Ukrainians Voting at Gunpoint

Ukrainians are voting in the presidential elections under the barrel of a gun and under the watchful eyes of Special Forces declared the Kremlin propagandist website Politnavigator. The pro-Kremlin NTV television channel announced that Ukrainians cities were filled with armored vehicles, special forces and drones. This unprecedented intimidation is aimed at morally pressuring the Ukrainian electorate, the publications claim, and Ukrainians see the move as an attempt to intimidate disloyal

Fake: 10 million Ukrainians denied the right to vote in Ukraine’s presidential election

The propaganda website Tsargrad.tv reports that 10 million voters have been denied the right to vote in Ukraine’s presidential elections. The report is referring to Ukrainians residing in the Russian Federation and Donbas. The number of Ukrainian citizens living in Russia and the occupied territories in Donbas is actually closer to 6 million, and they can in fact vote in the Ukrainian presidential elections. “These are the first elections where

Fake: Conscription notices will be handed out at voting stations

Ukrainians are being misled by reports circulating in media, social media, and even on notice boards outside apartment buildings in Lviv oblast, that army conscription notices will be handed out at voting stations.   This is being reported by Politeka, Informator. This is not the first time this method of voter suppression has been used. Similar disinformation has appeared in the past.    Screenshot from Informator website Screenshot of Politeka

Fake: “Dead souls” in the voters’ list — a frequent occurrence in Ukraine’s elections

Ukrainian and Russian media outlets are spreading reports citing election monitors from “Uspishna Varta” [“successful watch”] who said that, as of 11 AM, “one of the most common problems at this time is the presence of ‘dead souls’ in the [voters’] lists.” “Uspishna Varta” was created by politician Aleksandr Klymenko, a minister under ex-president Victor Yanukovych. This information has not been confirmed by other Ukrainian organizations involved in monitoring election

Fake: EU and US Opened a Criminal Case Against Poroshenko

A number of Russian and pro-Kremlin media distributed information about criminal cases allegedly opened against Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko in the European Union and the United States. The websites Ukraina.ru, “Narodnyi Korrespondent”, «Gazeta.RU» , and other media outlets quote Ukraine’s presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko who made the claim during a press conference in Lutsk on March 23. According to Yulia Tymoshenko, the anti-corruption investigation against Poroshenko was opened by a Cyprus

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

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