Disinfo: Fascists and terrorists rule Ukraine, it is totally like Hitler’s Nazi Germany

Summary

How can we discuss the territorial integrity of Ukraine, where the power belongs to fascists and terrorists? When the US and EU speak that violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity are unacceptable, this is the same as to agree that violations of territorial integrity of Hitler’s Germany were unacceptable either. This logic implies that Adolf Hitler had the same right of appeal to international principles of Reich’s territorial integrity as present-time Ukrainian fascists. The thing is that the US needs Ukraine as a battlefield against Russia. Ukraine’s integration with the EU is a camouflage of external governance over it by the US and EU.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy and extreme variation of recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Nazis and fascism in Ukraine, which absolutely groundlessly equals present-time Ukraine with Nazi Germany. It is also consistent with another frequent propagandistic narrative presenting Ukraine as an anti-Russian tool under external control.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. The accusation of Nazism is one of the favourite techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets, read our past analysis Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election cycle, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. The EU and the US continue to provide support to Ukraine. Ukraine is regarded as an important partner in economic, financial, political, military and other sectors. See more about Europe's support to Ukraine's defence reform here.

Read similar cases alleging that after Maidan, Ukraine became ruled by NazisUkrainian authorities introduce Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers, that Ukraine is a Neo-Nazi state, and that Ukraine is governed from outside.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, Germany
  • Keywords: EU, Puppets, Ukrainian disintegration, Adolf Hitler, War in Ukraine, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist

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Disproof

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