Disinfo: Mike Pompeo: Ukraine has lost Crimea forever


“Crimea is lost. World players understand it. Ukraine has ceded Crimea and Russia is not a country from which anything can be taken away,” – this is how Pompeo is quoted as saying during the meeting with Crimean activist Emine Dzhaparova.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, implying that the US has abandoned Ukraine.

During his meeting with the civil society, Mike Pompeo discussed the issue of how to keep Crimea on international agenda and said at his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States will never recognize Russia’s attempts to annex Crimea. The primary source, Ukrainian edition Novoye Vremya spread the information mistakenly, but later it updated the report to clarify the issue. Russian online media did not make any corrections to the materials shared from Novoye Vremya.

According to Unian, Emine Dzhaparova, a participant in the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Kyiv, said that the Crimean issue was raised at the meeting and Pompeo’s position on this issue is very clear. Dzhaparova posted on her official Facebook page that “Russian media have 'grabbed' the incorrect material of NV on the meeting with Pompeo and keep on stuffing the info space with the front-page headlines of their own desirable 'truth'.”

For similar cases accusing the US for attempting to undermine Ukraine and Crimea, see here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian, Romanian, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Ukraine, Crimea


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

US president will be assassinated if he confronts the Deep State

If a US president confronts the Deep State or the owners of the financial-military-media-parliamentarian complex, he would be quickly “neutralised”, as proven by the murder of acting president John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas (Texas) on November 22, 1963. One option is to neutralise him through any “natural” method that can cause a heart attack or simply an aneurysm.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about a Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world. This narrative aims to question the legitimacy of democracy and Western institutions.

The US may be deliberately spreading panic about coronavirus to isolate China

The US may be deliberately spreading world panic about the coronavirus outbreak, given China’s important influence on the global stage, its technological development and its growing military capabilities. Thanks to the coronavirus, Donald Trump’s government has been able to stop China, something he couldn’t do through tariffs, trade or tech wars. The trade war, Huawei’s blockade, the protests in Hong Kong, 5G, gas pipeline Power of Siberia and NATO’s growing focus on China are among the conflicting points. But curiously, it was a virus which finally achieved the US dearest wish: isolating China.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of Russian-led disinformation efforts on coronavirus. You can see other examples in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

112 000 deaths in China due to coronavirus

The outbreak of the alleged new coronavirus in China is completely out of control and kills thousands of people every day. People die right on the streets and in the subway. At the moment, 2.8 million are infected and 112 000 are dead.


This is part of the Kremlin's disinformation campaign on the coronavirus. Other examples: The coronavirus is man-made and tailored to Chinese DNA and the recurring theme that The USA is to blame for the coronavirus in China

This information does not correspond to reality and is designed to wreak even greater panic on social media. As of February 16, the total number of coronavirus cases is 51 857 people. Currently, the death toll from coronavirus is 1666 people.