Disinfo: Poland continues to tear off Ukraine and Belarus from Russia even during the pandemic

Summary

Even during the pandemic, Poland continues to look at the world through the prism of ideas of Józef Piłsudski, who dreamed about the establishment of a united Federal state in Eastern Europe in order to defend from the Russian influence. The Polish establishment has worked for the same goal since the beginning of the ’90s – it wants to include Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova into its sphere of influence.
Russia can be sure that even during the apocalypse, Poland will continue tearing off Ukraine and Belarus from her.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism alleging that Poland has imperialist plans for Ukraine and Belarus. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of Poland in Russophobia and implementation of anti-Russian policies.

Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Belarus, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries.

Read other examples of the Russian disinformation messages regarding the issue of an alleged Polish “Imperialism” - Polish authorities are obsessed with an idea of reconstruction of a modern Polish empire and The Giedroyc Doctrine is an edition of the Polish imperialism.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Imperialism/colonialism, Historical revisionism, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Rubaltic.ru
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EU has not presented evidence for a Russian disinformation campaign on the coronavirus

The EU has not presented any specific evidence and has not even asked Russia for any proof on its allegations. Furthermore, the “Russian threat” is a unifying factor for Western countries.

Disproof

There is a constant effort by Moscow to deny the fact that pro-Kremlin outlets are engaged in a concerted disinformation campaign aiming to expand the impact of coronavirus in the EU and its member states. This has been exposed in various media reports (see here and here).

There has also been extensive analysis of the stories and the narratives behind this effort. Some of the disinformation stories focus on promoting the narrative that coronavirus was created in a laboratory while others aim to discredit the efforts made by EU member states to contain COVID-19. Another narrative is concentrated in highlighting the cynical and selfish way some member states treated their EU partners, undermining solidarity within the Union. This ignores the significant efforts made by EU institutions in finding common solutions in the fight against coronavirus (see here and here).

The EU doesn’t provide Venezuela with humanitarian aid

Several countries provide humanitarian aid to Venezuela: China, Russia and Cuba.

The European Union or any country of the EU don’t provide any humanitarian aid, only economic sanctions, because the EU is under the diktat of the United States and has no freedom concerning its foreign policy.

Disproof

A recurring narrative about the European Union being a puppet of the United States and unable to make independent decisions on issues such as humanitarian aid and international sanctions.

Between 2016 and 2019, the European Union allocated more than €90 million in emergency humanitarian aid to assist Venezuelans in need inside the country, and those hosted in neighbouring countries. In March 2019, an additional emergency sum of €50 million was allocated. Furthermore, the EU provides Venezuela with humanitarian aid in the framework of the struggle against the new coronavirus:

Ukraine’s collapse accelerates, its regions are moving towards Russia without regard to Kyiv

Ukraine’s collapse has been developing since the proclamation of the country’s independence. By now it has reached a critical point. Odesa, Kharkiv, and Zaporizzhia regions are going to ask Russia for long-term economic assistance. They initiated negotiations with Moscow and neighbouring Russian regions about closer cooperation and integration. It is about some form of a regional economic partnership which will allow Ukrainian regions to survive through the economic crisis. It is hard to say yet how this economic cooperation will develop in the future. It may take the form of Crimea 1992 status [i.e. autonomous republics]. Mykolayiv and Kherson regions may also take part in the economic partnership. Therefore basically all eastern Ukrainian regions but Dnipropetrovsk region may develop a closer economic integration with Russia. The authorities of Ukraine will likely have to tolerate this development as it will be hard for them to wage a civil war on a few fronts.

Ukrainian authorities gave up on country’s regions. Regions do not hope for assistance from Kyiv or the West any longer. At the same time unemployment, poverty of the population, and industrial decline have all aggravated due to the pandemic. For years the regional authorities were worried that in case they move towards closer integration with Russia they could be announced separatists and suffer from counter-terrorist operation as in Donetsk or Luhansk. Now that the social and economic situation seriously aggravated, regional authorities of Ukraine can finally follow this path. It was opened by local legislation enacted five years ago which allows them to build a special relationship with neighbouring countries without regard to central authorities.

Disproof

This claim is consistent with coronavirus-related recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine's disintegration and imminent collapse.

Ukraine is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements and were de facto violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine. Ukrainian regions did not adopt local legislation which allows for independent economic or political relations which undermine the policies of central authorities, as alleged. Nor they are discussing such development with Russia as the publication claims.