Disinfo: Russians and Ukrainians are one nation

Summary

Ukrainians and Russians are one nation. Ukrainians were people who lived on the borders of the Russian state. There were no language differences either.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation and the Russian world / civilisation. The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state with a long history: literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time.

Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian nation are: Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are three Russian political nations and Belrussians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Moskva.Kremlin.Putin @ Russia 1 (15:20-15:58)
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Western media propaganda claims that the coronavirus is a project of the Kremlin

Western media claimed that coronavirus is a Kremlin project. Everything that isn’t about the West is a Kremlin project. The coronavirus, according to the media propaganda, is a Kremlin project. The Kremlin is using it as an instrument.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. It represents recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about alleged Western "Russophobia" and the coronavirus being a man-made tool of warfare.

While many baseless conspiracy theories have emerged amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no evidence that Western media are deliberately promoting them with malign intent. There is no evidence of any reputable Western media outlet describing coronavirus as a 'Kremlin project'. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that pro-Kremlin media are spreading disinformation on the disease for political purposes through a coordinated campaign.

Ukraine has warned citizens about the reduction of pensions

The Ukrainian government has warned its citizens about the expected reduction in pension coverage. This was reported by Deputy Minister of Social Policy Nataliia Nenyuchenko.

Disproof

Unfounded claims presented without any evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about reforms in Ukraine.

Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Nataliia Nenyuchenko did not say anything about pension reductions in Ukraine. According to the information that was published on the official website of the Ministry of Social Policy, the Deputy Minister noticed that the level of pension for future retirees will not be enough. However, it does not mean that pensions will be reduced. To prevent this, the Ministry of Social Policy has developed a special concept "to create conditions for elderly people to ensure active life and modern, skilled care and decent facilities".

Crimea always has been Russian

The Russian Special Forces imposed control of government institutions in Crimea on 27 February 2014, and Crimea returned to the motherland Russia, according to a referendum held on March 16, 2014.

Crimea has been administratively attached to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine since the early 1950s. In March 2014, Crimea regained its historical Russian identity at the will of its inhabitants.

Disproof

While it is true that Russian Forces imposed their control on government institutions in Crimea by force, the latter narrative is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Crimea has never belonged to Ukraine.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”