Europe supported Ukraine as an anti-Russian project and for this Ukrainians paid a colossal price

Summary

Europe supported Ukraine as an anti-Russian project and for this the Ukrainian nation paid a colossal price. The price was Crimea, civil war in Donbas, tens of thousands of dead, a destroyed economy. And today the price is also the dismantlement of Poroshenko’s regime.

Ukraine as a political nation has a very bleak outlook, and even the Europeans – those who are paying the money – are now thinking whether it was worth it.

Disproof

This is a disinformation message that combines several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about abandoned and failing Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in eastern Ukraine.

In fact, the Ukrainian economy has been growing.

Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia is sending mercenaries to Donbas. It is not a civil war. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation", and continues to condemn clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces.

This disinformation message appeared after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted to reinstate Russia's voting rights. The European Union and the Council of Europe are two separate entities. The European Union continues to support the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and maintains a strict non-recognition policy with regard to the illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as sanctions against Russia. The Council of Europe has also condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The European Union continues to support independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as the reform process within the country.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Europe, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Council of Europe, Abandoned Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokhazhet @ Pervyi Kanal (50:43 - 51:54)
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Ukraine failed as a political nation

The Ukrainian political nation in its present composition has absolutely failed and is ineffective. The question is only whether the intelligent part of Europe now really understands this and will make appropriate conclusions.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about failing and abandoned Ukraine.

This claim appeared after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted to reinstate Russia's voting rights. One of the reasons for the affirmative vote was to enable Russian citizens to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. However, the vote also drew international criticism, including from Russian civil society.

The US is occupying Germany and Bavaria wants to break away

One of the taboo topics in Europe is the United States’ occupation of Germany. Ask any local Bavarian and they will tell you that there is no peace treaty with the United States, that the US is indeed the occupant, that the people are helpless, and that Bavaria should quit Germany, but not the European Union.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe, according to which the US is portrayed as an imperialistic or occupying power that threatens the national sovereignty of European countries.

This claim reflects the views of the German Bavarian Party, which advocates the region's breakaway from Germany. The party did not make it to the Bavarian Parliament in 2019 elections, indicating that the vast majority of Bavarians do not share these views.

Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania

The Baltic States are demonizing Russia, blaming it for occupation, demanding reparations, and brainwashing young generations that there is an enemy in their neighborhood. They are trying to erase from memory every mention of Russia and the Soviet Union. They are bothered by monuments for the soldier-liberators who saved the Baltics from fascism.

Today they also want to erase the great sports achievements and all memory of the USSR around the world.

The main topic of debates in the Lithuanian parliament is a sports jersey. They are calling upon all of the world to prohibit Soviet symbols. Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States.

The disinformation message appeared after several members of the Lithuanian Parliament asked a sports-apparel company to stop the sales of Soviet-themed clothing. Last year the company pulled Soviet-themed shirts from its online store after facing international criticism.