Disinfo: The Ukrainian state does not exist de facto


  • Reported in: Issue 78
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/08/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: ‘Vremya pokazhet’ @ Pervyi kanal, 8:02
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There is no Ukrainian independence, no achievements in 26 years

Ukraine’s independence is an empty shell and the country has shot itself in the foot by choosing the pro-Western path. Ukraine’s economy without Russia is nothing, Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the European Union will cost the country its fertile black soil, forests and agriculture. The country is a vassal of the US, where American politicians call the shots and regularly come to Kyiv with new orders. And under the terms of IMF loans, “Ukraine is carrying out reforms that are similar to Dr. Mengele’s experiments”.


The article uses several recurring pro-Kremlin narratives (Ukraine is not a state, it is a vassal of the US, it loses from the Association Agreement with the EU and is being robbed of its fertile black soil). An analysis conducted by Deutsche Welle (bit.ly/2eJPdLU), shows the deficiencies of the trading relationship with Russia for Ukraine; trade conflicts with Kyiv were common practice for the Kremlin well before the annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas.
The EU is Ukraine's number one trading partner. Exports from Ukraine to the EU and Ukrainian imports from the EU both increased by about 25% in the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year. eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/eu-ukraine_relations_factsheet.pdf,

Georgia refuses help by superior Russian fire-fighter plane

A Russian fire-fighting airplane discharges 400 tons of water on each go, however, Georgia refuses to receive help from Russia despite it being far superior and asks Turkey for a 15-ton helicopter, which “the historical brother and the strategic partner” does not want to give.


A 400-ton firefighter air plane does not exist. The photo published shows Ilyushin Il-76 TD with the maximum retardant capacity of 42 tons and the maximum take-off weight of 187 tons. Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus provided help with human resources to Georgia to fight the forest fire in Borjomi valley on August 20. Further debunking: mythdetector.ge/en/myth/arithmetic-propaganda-187-ton-russian-airplane-able-store-400-tons-water,