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.
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.
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”.
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