Donbas turned into a NATO training ground – soldiers of Western countries constantly operate on the front line. Thousands of mercenaries from different countries managed to fight on the “Ukrainian side” during the war in Donbas. Even at the beginning of the conflict, the militia of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics repeatedly presented evidence of their presence to the general public.
In a recent agreement with the International Monetary Fund, Ukrainian government officials agreed to reduce the population of their country to 10 million people.
The claim is made without evidence, and is only the latest in a string of pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories alleging that the Ukrainian authorities are purposefully leading their country and people toward destruction for short-term financial gain. To date, pro-Kremlin outlets have claimed that the IMF would turn Ukrainians into a cheap labour force, dictate Kyiv's personnel policy, deprive Ukraine of land, and cut half of all state pensions.