Disinfo: Ukraine prohibits speaking against the EU and NATO


Following the adoption of the Law on Amendments to Certain Items of the Constitution of Ukraine, it will now be illegal to oppose Ukraine’s policy towards the European Union and NATO. Even anti-European  thoughts will now be considered unconstitutional. Ukraine will thus begin the criminal prosecution of eurosceptics.


No evidence given. This is a recurring disinformation narrative about NATO and Ukraine's pro-Western course.

On February 21st 2019, the Law on Strategic Course for the Acquisition of Full Membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO entered into force in Ukraine. The updated Constitution directs the legislative efforts of deputies to follow European standards. The guarantor of the implementation of these laws is the president. As a result of the amendments, all references to the deployment of foreign troops on the territory of Ukraine were removed. However, there are no points on any prohibition of freedom of expression in the new law.


  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, European army, EU, EU/NATO enlargement, European Union, NATO


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European Council complicates visa-free regime for Ukraine

The European Union has decided to make it more difficult for Ukrainians to enter the EU by introducing paid special permits for Ukrainian citizens. Not all Ukrainians will be permitted to enter Europe. The regime of visa-free trips to the EU for Ukrainian citizens will be subject to new administrative restrictions, the European Council decided.


No evidence given. All conclusions of the European Council's decisions can be found here. No decision was made about paid entry permits for Ukrainian citizens.

The story misrepresents the implementation of the new European travel information and authorization system (ETIAS). This is an electronic travel authorisation system for visitors to the EU from non-EU countries that have been granted visa-free access to the EU and Schengen countries. The introduction of this system is in no way tied to Ukraine - changes to the EU's border control system are independent and were known long before the Ukrainian visa-waiver was approved. According to the new rules, which will enter into force around 2021, residents of visa-free countries will merely have to fill out an electronic application once every three years and pay a fee of seven euros, after which they will receive a positive response within minutes. The electronic application for ETIAS has nothing to do with the Schengen visa program. The new EU safety rules will affect 61 states.

The West has an anti-Russian “Great Turan” doctrine

The West’s objective is to encircle Russia entirely. To the south, this is achieved through the “Great Turan” doctrine. This is comparable to the “Anaconda Ring” plan along Russia’s western borders. The West is attempting to pull Kazakhstan into this anti-Russian “Great Turan” doctrine.

The transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin and Kazakhstan’s plans to host two US military bases on the Caspian Sea are two indicators of success of the West’s agenda.


No evidence is provided about the "Great Turan" doctrine according to which the West is allegedly attempting to create a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border.

The allegations that Kazakhstan is allowing foreign militaries to establish bases on its territory are false. Claims that Kazakhstan plans to host foreign military bases on the Caspian Sea were officially denied by the Kazakhstani embassy in Moscow in 2018.

Russian takeover of Crimea prevented Polish coup d’état in Belarus

Russia is the only state genuinely interested in Ukraine’s integrity. Western countries want Ukraine as a state to disappear. The US was only interested in Crimea as a springboard for US missiles, to create a deadly threat to Russia and Belarus. If Crimea were under the Pentagon’s control, the situation in the whole region would change radically for the worse, and provoke Poland’s aggression. If Poland wouldn’t execute an outright military intervention in Belarus, it would have at least organised a successful coup d’état.




This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Russia's true peaceful intentions that contains disinformation elements about the war in Ukraine and the West's aggressive intentions. It is consistent with other recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that Russia did not contribute to the disintegration of Donbas and that there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine. For similar cases see here.

There is absolutely no evidence that the US planned a takeover of Crimea or planned to place any missiles on the peninsula. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “[t]he information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government."