East StratCom disinformation claim:

NATO is surrounding Russia with military bases. The USA were planning to build a military base in Ukraine, about 300km from Moscow. Ukraine is an artificial state and the government in Kyiv should allow the people from all its parts to carry out self-determination – to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 30. November 2016

Debunk claim:

There is no evidence for that claim that the USA is planning to build bases in Ukraine. The separatism in both Crimea and in Donbas was sparked and greatly supported by Russia. The referendom in Crimea was considered illegitimate by the international community, as are the socalled “People’s republics” in Donbas. Furthermore, a recent poll suggest that 57% of Ukrainians have negative feelings towards Russia while 43% would be positive towards joining NATO http://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-poll-more-for-nato-against-russia/28089250.html

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http:, wwweuropeanvalues net/kremlinwatch/ in Disinformation Review issue 51. The item is located at row number 18 in the report.

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