Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities serve foreign masters who want to divide Russia and Ukraine

Summary

Those who got to power in Ukraine were seeking personal interests: to earn more money robbing the Ukrainian people. Now the main task is to preserve what was robbed. And where is the money? In foreign banks. So they [the Ukrainian] authorities are serving those, who are keeping their money. That is why the only thing they are trading now is Russophobia. Because some people like to divide Russia and Ukraine, they think it is a key task.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine. Also consistent with a recurring disinformation narratives about Russophobia in Ukraine and Euromaidan.

The demonstrations that began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan" or "Euromaidan", emerged organically as a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn on the highly anticipated EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which had been under negotiation for seven years. The protests were followed by early Presidential election that were recognized as respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. The European Union supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress.

The US has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the development of a safe, democratic and free Ukraine, fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community.

See previous disinformation cases alleging that the US sponsored Maidan in Ukraine in 2014;  and that Ukraine is a Western project; that Euromaidan was a coup fomented by Victoria Nuland. 

Read more about the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns portraying Ukraine as a victim of Western manipulations here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood

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