Disinfo: Kyiv is an anti-Russian puppet in the geopolitical games of the US and NATO

Summary

[The West] has been trying for almost 30 years to turn the Ukrainian state and the army into an antagonistic counterbalance of Russia and its Armed Forces. The collective West does not see any other meaning of Ukrainian state-building and military advancement, while Kyiv is quite satisfied with its destructive role of the anti-Russian puppet in the geopolitical games of the US and NATO.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are under the control of Washington and Brussels. NATO is actively using Ukrainian territory for international exercises and the "forward presence" of individual units near the Russian borders but is in no hurry to admit Ukraine as its member.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state, which is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a puppet state under external control.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the US.

Ukraine and the US are strategic partners. The US government respects Ukrainian territorial integrity and independence. The US has been supporting Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as reforms initiated in 2014 aimed at building a prosperous, secure, and democratic Ukraine.

Since 2014, the United States has provided Ukraine more than $4.6 billion in total assistance, including security and non-security assistance. In addition, the US provided three $1 billion sovereign loan guarantees. The United States has also provided over $49 million in COVID-related assistance, including funding directed toward health and humanitarian needs.

Ukraine is a strategic partner for NATO in many areas. Since the 1990s, relations between NATO and Ukraine have developed into one of NATO’s most influential partnerships. Relations were strengthened with the signing of the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). The alliance does not want to militarise Ukraine nor use the country in a war against Russia. Ukrainian troops have been participating in Sea Breeze exercises since 1997. This year's games have been the largest since that time. However, this cooperation is only aimed at enhancing Ukraine's defence capabilities rather than doing harm to any country, including Russia.

NATO's door remains open to any European country in a position to undertake the commitments and obligations of membership and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area. Currently, four partner countries have declared their aspirations to NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, and Ukraine, according to NATO’s statement.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, Puppets, Ukrainian statehood, West, Anti-Russian, Military exercise
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