Disinfo: For the EU, Ukraine is only a reservoir of materials and cheap labor

Summary

Ukraine is a reservoir of raw materials and cheap labour for the European Union. Besides, the country has finally turned into a market where the EU sells its lowest quality goods.

Disproof

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

Ukraine is neither a reservoir of raw materials, cheap labour for the EU nor a market for low quality goods.

The EU has stated, on many occasions, that Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. It 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.

Since 2014, the EU and the Financial Institutions have mobilised more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress.

Since 23 April 2014, Ukraine benefits from the EU Autonomous trade preferences (ATP) which were introduced by the Regulation (EU) No 374/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 as an element of a broad package of the EU economic and financial support of Ukraine. The above-mentioned preferences eliminate EU import duties on 94.7% of industrial goods and 83.4% of agricultural goods and foodstuff originating in Ukraine. It also foresees the application of the duty-free tariff quotas towards a number of agricultural products.

See other disinformation cases in our database relating to the statehood of Ukraine: that the West controls the 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 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Abandoned Ukraine

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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Crimea was unified with Russia after a plebiscite, however most Western media incorrectly refer to it as an annexation

In 2014, a law banned Russian language from the media and as a possible official language for the inhabitants of Crimea. So, the population rose up and decided to hold a referendum. The regional assembly of Simferopol officially decided it. This referendum was organised very quickly, some practical details are disputable because of how quick it was organised. But there was a very clear majority for the reunification of Crimea with Russia. So, the results were very clear and undisputable.

In the European Parliament today, some members of the European Parliament do not know how to contest the result of this referendum which showed the manifest will of the people of Crimea. So, they are talking about respect for minorities. But if there are minorities, it means that there is a majority. A majority of the inhabitants of Crimea had chosen a very clear return to Russia. Besides, when you go to this Crimea, there is absolutely no problem visible. Some members of the European Parliament talk about “Russian occupation” but this is totally ridiculous. They would better go and see for they own eyes, that there is no such “occupation”.

In the 1950s, Nikita Khrushchev, during an administrative trip attributed Crimea to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine. It was an administrative issue; besides that, Crimea has always been traditionally Russian and the inhabitants are now totally satisfied with this situation.

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Recurrent narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

The EU provides practically no assistance to Ukraine

From the first day of Ukraine gaining independence, the West continued to view Ukraine as part of the former Soviet Union, which explains the openly predatory and colonial policy towards the country on the part of Europe. The European Union provides practically no assistance to Ukraine.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about abandoned Ukraine

Ukraine is a sovereign country and priority partner for the European Union. In total, since 2014, the EU and European financial institutions have allocated a package of over €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process in Ukraine.

Ukraine may use Belarus elections as a pretext for intensifying hostilities in Donbas

In the context of possible aggravation of the situation in Belarus, when, after the elections and Lukashenko’s probable victory, the Belarusian opposition will try to start street protests, Ukraine may try to use this situation to intensify hostilities in Donbas and solve its problems.

The elections in Belarus create a convenient situation, not only to dig a rusty nail in the Russian-Belarusian problems but also to use these problems and possible protests in Minsk as a cover-up for military operations in Donbas.

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Conspiracy theory advancing a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine claiming that the Ukrainian side violates the ceasefire agreement in Donbas. As for the elections in Belarus, the EU stated that they were neither free nor fair.

The full and comprehensive ceasefire agreement was established in Donbas on July 27, 2020. The new agreement was certified in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk as part of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.