Disinfo: For the US and Europe, Ukraine is just a training ground against Russia

Summary

For the US and Europe, Ukraine and Ukrainians are just a training ground and theatre of military operations against Russia. They did not intend and are not going to help Ukraine, give money to former political opponents, provide them with vaccines or treat them. This is not within their plans. The State Department resolves its geopolitical issues in the region, playing on the feelings of Ukrainians with their eternal thirst for freebies.

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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and its statehood, alleging that the country is abandoned.

Ukraine is not abandoned and is not a training ground against Russia for the US or Europe.

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. 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.

Ukraine is a priority partner for the US too. US assistance to Ukraine since 2014 totals over $3.7 billion, plus three $1 billion sovereign loan guarantees. For financial year 2020, Congress has appropriated $698 million: $448 million for State/USAI programs and $250 million for USAI, and $50 million for lethal assistance.

To combat COVID, the United States has provided over $26 million in assistance in new and redirected funding. This funding will prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication and support water, sanitation and hygiene interventions for the most vulnerable populations in eastern Ukraine. Assistance will also counter disinformation, bolster media’s health reporting capacity, expand the government’s ability to continue operating under pandemic-related restrictions and support Ukraine’s economic recovery.

See other disinformation cases in our database relating to the statehood of Ukraine: that Europe has decіded that Ukraіne іs not needed as a state, that the West іs preparіng the dіsіntegratіon of Ukraіne, that the West controls Ukrainian economy and pumps out its resources, that the EU Association Agreement made Ukraine a colony of the EU, or that the EU provіdes practіcally no assіstance to Ukraіne.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Belarusian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia, Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood

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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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative drawing parallels between the Kosovo independence movement and Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. The claim was neither critically challenged nor counterbalanced in the article.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to discredit Alexei Navalny, alleging that his organisation is sponsored by anti-Russian forces, whilst deflecting the news agenda away from the responsibility for his poisoning.

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But people do not need any of these, Lithuania is not going to fight anybody. Maybe if Lithuania was an independent state and had its own army it would be different.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of Lithuania and presenting it as a puppet of US and/or NATO. See related disinformation claims about the US presence in Europe.

Lithuania re-established its independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990. The process of restoring the Lithuanian military began the same year and in 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union and NATO. The modern Lithuanian military has 4 major defence units: land forces, air forces, navy forces, special forces.