American supervisors have not authorised President Zelenskyy’s commitment to cease fire in Donbas

Summary

American supervisors and Western partners have not authorised President Zelenskyy’s commitment to cease fire in Donbas. Continuation of war in the region is in the interest of sponsors of Zelenskyy. The promise of Zelenskyy to stop the war at any cost was just a populist pre-election trick.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Ukrainian authorities appear under full control of Western powers, who are interested in the continuation of the war in Donbas – see similar cases here, here and here.

President Zelenskyy declared committent to implement the ceasefire in Donbas. Despite the repeated attempts of Ukraine to stop the shooting, the Russia-controlled separatist troops continue breaking the ceasefire.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: The West, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Donbas, Conspiracy, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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US assists Yekaterinburg protesters who copy Maidan rhetorics

American methods are clearly behind the protests against the construction of church in Yekaterinburg. It is a “strange coincidence” that the largest US consulate in the Russian Federation is in Yekaterinburg. And it is exactly in this city where Western programmes are the most active in the universities.

The rhetoric of the protesters is an exact copy from Ukrainian Maidan, and “revolutions” in other countries.

[…]  Without the US assistance the protests would fade away on their own if the state authorities did not attempt to start an unnecessary dialogue.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's attempts to stage a colour revolution in Russia or to harm the country by other means. No proof that the US has provided assistance to the Yekaterinburg protesters.

The protests by Yekaterinburg residents against plans to build a cathedral to replace a city square started on 13 May. A key argument of those who oppose the construction project is an insufficient number of parks in the city. For more information about protests in Yekaterinburg, see here and here.

The West is not about fairness or solidarity, its priority value is egoism

Fairness, mutual support, and solidarity are important values of the space that Belarus and Russia belong to. This is a notable difference from the West where individual egoism is at the top.

Disproof

This message is ungrounded generalisation containing a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's moral decay aimed at portraying Russia and the so-called Russian world as superior to the West in terms of values and morals. 'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

See earlier cases alleging that in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots and that unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies.

A Union state between Belarus and Russia will prevent the countries’ colonisation by the US or Europe

A joint Belarusian-Russia state should have common interests, values, ideals and dreams of the all-Russian world. Then it would effectively withstand external attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, to discredit the common history and to implement neo-colonial policies. The establishment of a Belarusian-Russian Union with common values and traditions would secure a free and independent future and would prevent Belarus and Russia from becoming a devastated, humiliated colony of American or European projects.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about the Western’s anti-Belarus and anti-Russian activities, the West's attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and about the West's neocolonial policies. It also contains the concept of an all-Russian world, a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty.

The Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus was signed on 8 December 1999. Its intention was to achieve a supranational confederation between the two states. However, thus far, the countries have failed to institute common symbols or a Constitutional act of the Union State, hence Union State common bodies mostly remain on paper. Since late 2018, Russia began putting more pressure on Belarus to proceed with a deeper integration within the 1999 Treaty.