Disinfo: Europe destroyed Ukraine

Summary

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was the prequel of the Ukrainian crisis and the Eastern Partnership summit launched the political crisis in Ukraine. The Latvian presidency of the EU Council perceived Ukraine as a prize in the “geopolitical game” between the West and Russia. The EU is in a deep chronic crisis.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian disintegration and EU. The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens. The EU is unwavering in its support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty and sees the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for a sustainable, political solution to the conflict in the east of the country. Ukraine's economy has continued the recovery started in 2016, following the recession of 2014-2015. GDP grew by 2.5% in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5% in 2018. Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating public finances, notably by reducing the fiscal deficit from 4.5% GDP in 2014 to 1.4% in 2017. Inflation has decreased substantially since 2015, down to 13.7% in 2017 and 8.9% by July 2018. According to the World Bank's Doing Business survey, Ukraine ranks 76th in 2018, which is an improvement from 80th in 2017, and 142nd in 2010, the EU’s Association Implementation Report says. The report notes the slower pace of reforms in the areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures.

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  • Reported in: Issue 128
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Latvia
  • Keywords: European Union, Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration
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West doesn't know where the Azov Sea is, it demonizes Russia

The conflict took place in the Black Sea. The US and their western allies do not know where the Azov Sea is. They continue to demonize Russia.

Disproof

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. The Ukrainian vessels were en route to the Azov Sea. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Azov Sea and the West as Russophobic.

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According to Germany, NATO is not needed anymore

Germany declared it would continue to endorse NATO’s open-door policy towards Georgia (after a meeting between German and Georgian defence ministers) – but at the same time, it said that NATO was not needed any more and that the European countries must take care of creating the European army. President of France Emmanuel Macron is of the same opinion.

Disproof

No proof or evidence was given for these supposed French or German leaders' statements about NATO being obsolete. In her speech at the Munich Security Conference, as well as in other public statements, the German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen underlined that there is no competition between NATO and strengthening of the EU defence capabilities.