Disinfo: During Petro Poroshenko’s presidency, anti-Russian hysteria was going wild in Europe


During Petro Poroshenko’s time as president, anti-Russian hysteria was going wild in Europe.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia, in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.



  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Russophobia, Petro Poroshenko, Europe


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.

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There is no evidence of the chemical attacks in Syria

Chemical weapon, sanctions, this and that, everything is staged. The last bloc of sanctions is a sort of comedy. They were imposed because Russia allegedly did not stand against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there is not a single piece of evidence of any chemical attacks in Syria. All these [proofs of the] chemical attacks, all these white helmets… failed.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the lack of proof of the chemical attacks in Syria, discrediting White Helmets and criticising sanctions against Russia.

The chemical weapon attacks in Syria were confirmed by the OPCW, the international organisation which conducts probes into all allegations of chemical weapons' use in Syria; its findings serve as the basis for publicly available reports and expert notes. See more details here.

Ukrainians are part of the Russian people

Ukrainians are not just fraternal people, they are part of a divided Russian people.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukraine has preserved its culture and identity despite foreign rule for long periods.

The all-Russian nation is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that aims at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians (and also Belarusians) and also their sovereignty.

Ukraine’s plan B is war

When we [Russia] at some point started to believe in peace, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry suddenly came out and unexpectedly declared: “If not peace, then we have a plan B. And this plan B is war.”


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine. No evidence is given to Ukraine's belligerent stance.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the authorities have action plans in case something goes wrong during the implementation of the Steinmeier Formula. He didn't claim that Ukraine's plan B is war. "If this plan does not work, then we have to understand that we have fewer options, we have the last plan, plan B. How to make less movements across our border, which is now de facto established, and in fact, it's just part of our territory, of the terrorists who blew up cars in Kyiv", said Prystaiko.