Disinfo: Europe has forbidden Ukraine to save its industry

Summary

The European Union prevents the Ukrainian government in every possible way from taking production out of a difficult situation. Europe has forbidden Ukraine to save its industry.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on EU-Ukraine relations.

Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union (EU). The EU supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens and is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Association Agreement (AA), including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) signed in 2014, is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Ukraine continues an ambitious reform programme to accelerate economic growth and improve the livelihoods of its citizens.

To assist Ukraine in this endeavour, the EU and European Financial Institutions have mobilised over €15 billion in grants and loans since 2014 to stabilise Ukraine’s economy, to support comprehensive reforms and to help improve the lives of its citizens.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU has mobilised a €190 million support package for Ukraine.

In July 2020, the EU also provided €105 million to Ukraine to support small and medium enterprises, small farms and reforms implementation. The EU also encourages investments in other sectors of Ukrainian economy.

See other disinformation cases in our database relating to the statehood of Ukraine: that the West controls Ukrainian economy and pumps out its resources, that the EU Association Agreement made Ukraine a colony of the EU, that Ukraine is a fake country and Ukrainian ideology was created to split the Russian nation, and that Ukraine is a collapsing, degrading state with no sovereignty and rule of law.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, Abandoned Ukraine, Economic difficulties

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

This narrative is consistent with common pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West and Ukraine as a non-sovereign country. This narrative portrays any civil protests as Western-funded "colour revolutions", including the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in Ukraine and the velvet revolution in Armenia.

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This is killing two birds with one stone. Firstly, it discredits President Lukashenko. Secondly, it drives a huge wedge between Russia and Belarus.

Who benefits from this? This is only beneficial to the pro-Western opposition and the forces inside the republic, and, of course, to our “dear” international partners [the US and the EU].

Disproof

The recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about the Western influence on Belarus, ungrounded claims about the democratic Belarusian opposition and the West's aims to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

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