Disinfo: Kyiv’s desire to join NATO jeopardises the existence of Ukraine as an independent state


Kyiv’s desire to join NATO jeopardises Ukraine’s existence as an independent state due to its eventual dependence and submission to US pressure. To a great degree, Ukraine’s policies today follow the agenda of Washington and its European allies. Unfortunately, it can be concluded that Kyiv is becoming an obeying lackey of the West.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine’s alleged lack of sovereignty and its submission to the West. The ultimate goal of this narrative is to deny the existence of a Ukrainian nation and to portray the country as a failed state fully dependent on western powers. According to data of the EUvsDisinfo database, Ukraine is one of the most frequent targets of pro-Kremlin disinformation, often topping the list.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that Ukraine uses terrorist tactics in Donbas whereas DNR and LNR are peaceful states, that the coup d’etat of Maidan caused a referendum that united Crimea with Russia, that a genocide of the people in Donbas started in 2013-2014, that Ukraine banned everything Russian, or that more than half of the Ukrainian population don’t want to join NATO.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claims that “The West needs a war at Russia’s borders and exploits Ukraine’s anti-Russian activities”, that “If Ukraine joins NATO, it will be forced to send soldiers to the alliance’s missions abroad”, and that “Russia sent troops to the Ukrainian border because there was danger for the Russian population in Donbas”.


  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, EU
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement
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There has always been a regime of sanctions against Russia and, realistically, there will always be one. The sanctions are now so ingrained in the legal systems of the US and other countries that they will be impossible to remove. Russia will not ask for the sanctions to be removed or repent for acts it did not commit.


A recurrent disinformation narrative about Western sanctions against Russia, falsely portraying them as unwarranted and prejudiced.

Contrary to the claims made, there has not always been a regime of sanctions against Russia. The EU introduced a series of restrictive measures against Russia starting in 2014 as a response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Sanctions were also imposed on Russian individuals over serious human rights violations, and the use of chemical weapons in the assassination attempt of Alexei Navalny.

Disinfo: The US is using a false pretext of fighting terrorism to occupy other nations illegally

The US uses the false pretext of fighting terrorism to illegally occupy other nations and exploit their resources, but the US itself promotes terrorism.


The article’s claim is consistent with the broad pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming the US or other Western countries support and finance terrorism.

This narrative, as documented by the EUvsDisinfo database, has been widely spread by pro-Kremlin outlets to discredit the policies of the US and other Western states. There is no evidence to support the claims that the US is supporting and funding Al-Qaeda or ISIS (DAESH).

Disinfo: Crimea returned to Russia after a referendum

It is noteworthy that Russian-Western relations deteriorated due to the Ukrainian crisis, and the return of Crimea to Russia in March 2014, after a popular referendum.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to blame the deterioration in relations between Russia and the West exclusively on Ukraine, ignoring the reasons which led to the deterioration of these relations and the implementation of sanctions.

The West and specifically the EU has imposed restrictive measures, including sectoral sanctions, due to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's destabilising actions in eastern Ukraine.