Disinfo: Closer cooperation with Europe turned into a catastrophe for Ukraine

Summary

As for Europe, it has already closed its borders; it does not need Ukraine. We all saw the consequences of the Maidan and what Ukraine turned into after the signing of these European integration documents: enterprises were closed and state property has been privatised in large numbers.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting EU-Ukraine cooperation. It is also consistent with previous narratives alleging that the Euromaidan is one of many colour revolutions prepared by the West and the EU.

The EU is the largest donor to Ukraine. Since 2014, the EU has provided Ukraine with billions of Euros of assistance. On average, the EU has given Ukraine €650 million. From 2014 to 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided an additional €3.5 billion. In general, the EU has funded projects in the humanitarian field, provided assistance to stabilise the macro-financial situation, given grants and loans for capacity building, energy reforms and fighting against corruption.

The free trade agreement improved trade in agricultural products, thus benefitting Ukraine. Currently, Ukrainian exporters have a right to export their products to the EU without paying customs duties on some products. Based on 2016-2019 numbers, Ukraine was among the top 3 suppliers of agricultural products to the EU. In 2017, Ukrainian agricultural export increased by 8.5% bringing an additional $477.7 million of income. In 2018-2019 financial year, Ukrainian exporters sold products for a record €6.3 billion. Already in 2014, the EU has cancelled import tax on 95% of Ukrainian goods.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. For more cases about the Euromaidan protests, see here.

See a similar case alleging that Ukraine's chances of joining the EU are miserable, the economy is destroyed and industry in ruins.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: European Union, Abandoned Ukraine, AA/DCFTA
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The US admits that its goal in Syria is to defend terrorists from Russian attacks

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Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the statements of US special envoy James Jeffrey, who actually said that his country is “focused on the humanitarian disaster” and on “security, humanitarian, economic and diplomatic steps” to “ensure that a ceasefire remains” in Idlib (see here his full statement). He explained that they don’t think Damascus and Moscow are interested in a ceasefire but want a military victory in all Syria, so the US goal is to make it very difficult for them. There is a difference between that and “preventing them from defeating the terrorists”, as claimed.

Chemical attacks in Syria, including by the Syrian government, have been well documented by many institutions and proven by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, despite Russian denials.

Cash is banned in many Scandinavian countries

In many Scandinavian countries cash is largely banned and even a bar of chocolate can be paid only electronically.

Disproof

Cash is legal tender in all Scandinavian countries, in EU-member stats Sweden, Finland and Denmark as well as in Norway and Iceland. Åland, Faroe Islands and Greenland are territories with various levels of autonomy. Greenland uses the Danish krona as currency, Åland - the Euro, while the Faroe islands use the Faroese krona, tied to the Danish krona at a rate 1:1.

The coronavirus moves us towards a totalitarian state of the world and the introduction of Agenda ID2020

We are moving towards a totalitarian state of the world. This is part of Agenda ID2020 – and these steps to be implemented now – prepared since long, including by the coronavirus computer simulation at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on 18 October 2019, sponsored by the WEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What is the infamous ID2020? It is an alliance of public-private partners, including UN agencies and civil society. It’s an electronic ID program that uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity. The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity. GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, identifies itself on its website as a global health partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to “immunization for all”. GAVI is supported by WHO, and needless to say, its main partners and sponsors are the pharma-industry.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.