Disinfo: Biden’s presidency will lead to new war in Ukraine

Summary

If Biden wins, then you can forget about possible bargaining concerning Ukraine altogether; he will continue the policy of unlimited pressure, which in the end may even lead to a new war.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine.

There is no evidence to suggest that there will be another war in Ukraine when Joseph Biden takes over as the next President of the United States.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that UK, not the US, now controls Ukraine, that Ukrainian government lost independence and must obey orders from Washington and Brussels, or that Washington uses the topic of fighting corruption as an instrument to control Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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