Disinfo: Powerful Ukrainian radicals are transmission belts for NATO’s aggression against Russia

Summary

The dismantling of USSR Marshal Zhukov bust in Kharkiv is a test for president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Those behind the toppling of the monument want to find out how Zelenskyy will react to this provocation. If Zelensky does not react, it will mean the continuation of post-Maidan Ukraine’s policies in cultural, ideological and other fields which are being managed by radical nationalists. They serve as transmission belts for NATO provocations and its aggressive and isolating policies towards Russia.

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Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine under external control and NATO's aggressive intentions towards Russia. It also contains unfounded claims about staged events by specific groups aimed at testing Zelenskyy.

On 2 June 2019 protesters in Kharkiv toppled the bust of USSR Marshal Zhukov. Consequently, the police opened criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Article 296 (hooliganism) and Part 2 of Article 345 (threat or violence against an employee of a law enforcement agency) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Zelenskyy's press-secretaty criticised the events in Kharkiv and named them "an example of inadequate humanitarian policies of the last years." Zelenskyy also called on Kharkiv local authorities to organise a public discussion on the matter and urged police and prosecutors to give a legal assessment of the events.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, one of the founding members of the United Nations. Neither NATO, nor the EU countries control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by all NATO member states, but were violated by Russia in 2014. In 2014, NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia, in response to its aggressive actions in Ukraine. As reaffirmed at the Warsaw Summit, "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia." See NATO's official response to the claim that is preparing an attack on Russia.

See earlier disinformation cases about Ukraine-NATO relations here and about Ukraine's external control herehere and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Anti-Russian, NATO, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood

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