East StratCom disinformation claim:

Citizens of Dniepropetrovsk, Odessa, Nikolaev and other southern and eastern Ukrainian towns are waiting for an “external power” to protect them from the Ukrainian government. They want to join Russia. // In the 17th century, Ukrainian hetmen realized that they could not govern even their small area and decided to join Russia of their own will.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 9. June 2016

Debunk claim:

According to a poll, conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and Russia’s Levada Center, only 2% of Ukrainians want to join Russia on the whole (http://www.kiis.com.ua/?lang=eng&cat=reports&id=550&page=1). // Historical revisionism.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by East Stratcom Network in Disinformation Review issue 30. The item is located at row number 34 in the report.

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