Disinfo: Russia's conflict is not with "Zelensky's country", but with the United States

Summary

Putin will refuse to negotiate with Zelensky because Russia is not in conflict with Zelensky's country. Russia is in conflict with the United States, which controls both Zelensky and his country. But Zelensky wants to show that war between his country and Russia is possible, which Putin believes is not.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aimed at portraying Ukraine as a non-independent state that is under direct foreign control.

See our article The Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine - More Myths and Josep Borrell's speech on 16 February 2022 to the European Parliament.

Since 16 July 1990, when it adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty, Ukraine has been an independent and sovereign state. It has democratically elected state institutions, including the Parliament and a President, who take all the decisions regarding state governance. As a sovereign state, it decides its own international political orientation freely.

Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but were violated by Russia in 2014. The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. US policy is centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine, more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

The US has a strategic partnership with Ukraine. The US secretary Antony J. Blinken, who visited Ukraine on May 6, 2021, stated that “The United States stands firmly behind the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

See similar cases that Russian talks with Ukraine are pointless since Zelensky is not the one in charge; that Ukraine is ruled by US and NATO; that Ukraine is a vassal country, a colony of the US; and that Ukraine is a vassal to the US, Nato and the EU.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2022
  • Article language(s) English, Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Conspiracy theory, Volodymyr Zelensky, Vladimir Putin

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Western mass media and social media are controlled by the government

Western media are controlled and serve as the propaganda ministry for the government and interest groups that control the government like in the USSR. Social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter systematically deny their platforms to those who express views unfavourable to the government order and its programmes.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the West imposes censorship through its state institutions and private social media companies (such as Facebook and Twitter).

These claims seeks to discredit Western mainstream media and Western liberal democracies.

The US plans a false flag chemical attack on Donbas to blame Russia for it

Currently, not far from Horlivka, American partners are bringing poisonous substances, and with them, they are transporting a whole landing force of their journalists. If - or rather, when - the US military poisons drinking water in the cities of Donbas, lured journalists will provide the correct picture in the media and blame Russia for everything.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about false flag operations and chemical weapons attacks in Ukraine allegedly in preparation by the US. This claim appeared amid an ongoing disinformation campaign about Russia's military build-up on the Ukrainian border and on occupied Crimea, in an attempt to deflect any Russian responsibility for the situation. As such, it looks more like disinformation in search of a casus belli.

There is no evidence to back the claim that the US is preparing a “chemical provocation” in Donbas.

The American invasion of Ukraine publicly depicted as a Russian invasion

We are now assisting in the falsification of history in Ukraine. The US is essentially invading Ukraine, while publically shouting about a Russian invasion. The conflict caused by Washington, but the Americains try to attribute it to Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine, alleging that the West, in this case the US, has invaded Ukraine.

These disinformation messages have recently intesified in the context of renewed Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border towards the end of 2021. Their aim is to both justify and distract from Russia's increasingly aggressive foreign policy. See our recent article the Current Russia-Ukraine Conflict – Seven Myths Debunked.

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