East StratCom disinformation claim:

The Ukrainian government killed more than 50 thousand of its own citizens and is responsible for destroying all economic ties with Russia.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 10. June 2016

Debunk claim:

According to the UN’s March 2016 report, 9,160 people have died since the conflict started in April 2014 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/world/europe/ukraine-death-toll-civilians.html?_r=1). // Russia unilaterally decided to exclude Ukraine from a free trade bloc of former Soviet states (CIS Free Trade Agreement) starting on the 1 January 2016.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 30. The item is located at row number 40 in the report.

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