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Fake: Yatsenyuk Turns down Debt Restructuring Proposal

Ukrainian, Russian, and European media misleadingly reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had turned down a recent Russian proposal to restructure $3 billion of Ukraine’s debt to Russia. This was reported by Expert, Son, and Deutsche Welle, among others. These media made reference to an interview the Prime Minister gave on First National Channel to journalist Myroslava Gongadze on November 14 (proven by Gongadze’s post on Facebook). The problem

My starring role in Russian propaganda

Early one morning a few weeks ago, my phone started to ring like crazy. Every few minutes, messages from colleagues all over the world flashed on the screen: “Is it true?”; “Did he really say that?”; “Can you confirm?”; “Will you go on air for us?” they asked. I was surprised, and confused — I was on vacation and had not recorded an interview that week at Radio France Internationale (RFI),

Zvezda Falsely Cites Radio France Internationale for Sexual Harassment Report

On October 22, the Russia television network Zvezda posted a false report on its website claiming that “Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused the leader of the Batkivshchyna political party, Yulia Tymoshenko, of sexual harassment.” It claimed that the original source for the story was an interview given by Yatsenyuk to a journalist of the Russian service of Radio France Internationale (RFI), Elena Servettaz. The RFI Russian service, however, immediately

Fake: Merkel Says No Investment Coming to Ukraine

On October 19, the separatist news website Russkaya Vesna falsely reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had sharply criticized the Ukrainian government and predicted that there would be no future investment coming into Ukraine.  The bogus news item was created through the the distortion of a recent interview with her that is posted on her official website. Contrary to the Russkaya Vesna report, in the interview Merkel actually compliments the

Fake: Yatsenyuk Comments on “Illegal” Annexation of Galicia

On September 18, citing Polish reports, Russian and pro-Russian media falsely reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had commented on the “illegal” annexation of Galicia to Ukraine in 1939. (Galicia is the historical name of the region that includes several oblasts in modern western Ukraine.) The Prime Minister allegedly made the statement during a ceremony commemorating the victims of totalitarianism in Bykovnia. This story was then picked up by

The Chilling side to Russia’s claims about Yatsenyuk as Chechnya fighter

Russian Investigative Committee claims that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk once fought against Russia in Chechnya aroused hilarity and some excellent flights of Photoshop fantasy following publication of an interview with the head of the Committee, Alexander Bastrykin.  It was left to the Russian propaganda channel Life News to mention one chilling detail.  The allegations are based on ‘testimony’ obtained from two Ukrainians held incommunicado in Russian detention for over

Fake: Yatsenyuk to Resign, Leave Ukraine

On August, 15, Russian media began falsely reporting that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was planning to resign office and leave Ukraine. The bogus report first appeared on Rosinfo, claiming that Yatsenyuk had told a Cabinet of Ministers meeting,“Ukraine is not my historical homeland and I am not going to live here.” Rosinfo claimed that this was initially reported by Ukrainian television channel 1+1. The story was then reposted by

Fake: Ukrainian Prime Minister Hospitalized after Nervous Breakdown

On July 29-30, Russian media falsely reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had been taken to a Kyiv hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. The story was first publicized by Jtimes.ru, oppps.ru, and iamir.info (iamir.info later removed the story from its site, though it remained in the cache) and then later spread among social networks. These media outlets cited BBC Radio as their source, though without specifying which of

Fake: Yatsenyuk Sides with Right Sector in Zakarpattia Oblast Conflict

On July 14, Russian and separatists’ sites (Novorossia, Regnum, RiaFAN, and REN-TV, among others) distorted comments made by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the conflict between the Right Sector and police in Zakarpattia Oblast and the issue of contraband in the region. The skewed stories ran with such headlines as “Yatsenyuk Took the Side of the Right Sector.” Skirmishes broke out on July 11 between Right Sector members, supporters

ABC7Chicago: Durbin letter to Ukrainian’s prime minister – fake

Somebody is trying to pull one over on the Russians and the Ukrainians, and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has been put in the middle of it, the ABC7 I-Team is reporting. The diplomatic skirmish involves a letter claiming to be from Sen. Durbin to the Ukrainian prime minister, says ABC7Chicago. Sen. Durbin turned over the forged letter to the FBI and CIA. At first glance, the letter to Ukraine’s prime minister appears

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