Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities are loyal to the demonstration of the swastika

Summary

The propaganda of Nazism is formally prohibited in Ukraine, but the authorities are loyal to the display of the swastika and officials make the “Sieg Heil”. Even the country’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during his trip to Donbas, was dressed in a uniform with a skull on a chevron – a sign that resembles Nazi symbols.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazism in Ukraine.

The article claims that the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is wearing a uniform with a chevron which is "similar" to Nazi symbols. This symbol is not related to the Nazi's. It is a symbol of the 72nd Separate Mechanised Brigade - the military formation of the mechanised troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests. It was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election cycle, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Read similar cases alleging that after the Maidan, Ukraine was ruled by the Nazis, that Ukrainian authorities introduce Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers, and that Ukraine is a Neo-Nazi state.

Read our analyses The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest, which explain the prevalence of propagandistic narrative about Russophobia and accusations of Nazism.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Nazi/Fascist
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NATO soldiers have already been vaccinated against COVID-19

Despite all quarantine restrictions, “Defender Europe 2020” has not been cancelled! Just reduced in scope. The most interesting is that NATO forces move through the most infected parts of Germany – Munich, Baden-Württemberg, and Hamburg. Do they really care about the danger of getting infected? There is an assumption that NATO soldiers have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 and other war viruses. There is also reason to believe that when the coronavirus appeared in China, the agents of the Western special services who used the virus there already had a vaccination against it.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim. This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service.

NATO pays special attention to the vaccination, NATO forces should have adequate immunity against several known diseases, like Diphtheria, Measles, Pertussis, Polio, Rubella, and Tetanus. And if necessary, should be vaccinated prior to exposure to these diseases: Hepatitis A and B, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis, etc. However, NATO soldiers could not have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as there is no vaccine against novel coronavirus. It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed.

The West have disposed of Ukraine like a trash

Where is this American-European project, known as “Ukraine” in the press now? Is there anyone still interested in it in the West? The country does not exist in the Western information space anymore. They have destroyed it and disposed of it like a trash. And who will have to clean up after this?

Disproof

Presented as a series of rhetorical questions, this disinformation message advances pro-Kremlin narratives undermining the statehood of Ukraine and casting it as abandoned by its partners.

International media continues to write about Ukraine: see for example a recent message by the Reuters news agency, about the additional World Bank loan of 135 mln US dollars to help reform Ukraine's healthcare system.

The system of Western values has collapsed

The fight against the coronavirus is not over, but it has become obvious that the Western human-centric system of values has collapsed. Nothing is heard anymore about the LGBT rights. What is now going to happen to toilets for the third gender, that was so loudly discussed in Germany? Where are the demands to organise gay parades? And news about the Western stars changing the gender of their children? Nothing is heard anymore about the German invitation for refugees, and any politician who will return to this topic, will become a political corpse.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Western values, portraying them in the context of moral decline.

While the European Union is focused on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains committed it its values, including human dignity.