DISINFO: The conflict in Ukraine is an internal one
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DISINFO: The conflict in Ukraine is an internal one


Attempts to knock our country off its feet will never succeed. The West introduced pseudo-values in Ukraine, reshaped the minds of millions of people, tried to "bring a wick" to the collapse of Russia.

Russia treats the Ukrainian people with warmth, despite today's confrontation. The conflict in Ukraine is a confrontation within one people.


Recurring disinformation narratives about the negation of Ukrainian state and Ukrainian nation, claiming that Ukraine is an anti-Russian, Russophobic state, Western project, as well as advancing recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about an all-Russian nation and the Russian world/civilisation.

Ukrainian and Russian are two distinct people, despite multiples attempts of the Kremlin to deny it. Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state with a long history and its own literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time. Ukrainians and Russians belong to the Slavs ethnolinguistic group but they are not a single nation. The "all-Russian big nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian revanchist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians, as well as undermining the state sovereignty.

Ukraine does not follow any anti-Russian agenda. Relations between Ukraine and Russia should be defined by international agreements, including the UN Charter which requires states to respect the sovereignty of other states and the Friendship Treaty between the two countries. Russia's ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014 and escalated in 2022, is the one underminig relations between the two countries.

Тhe "warm attitude" of Russia towards the Ukrainians is evidenced by the statements of the Russian leadership and propaganda.

An example is an article by Timofej Sergeitsev "What Russia should do with Ukraine". According to the author, “denazification of Ukraine” means carrying out a policy of genocide against the country: Ukraine should be liquidated as a nation and as a state, and fragmented into separate “people’s republics” controlled by Russia, and the very name “Ukraine” should be eradicated; the Ukrainian political class and any armed formations defending Ukraine must be destroyed; on the territory of Ukraine occupied by Russia, mass repressions and ethnic cleansing should be carried out. He claims that Ukrainians must "assimilate the experience" of the war "as a historical lesson and atonement for [their] guilt". After the war, forced labor, imprisonment and the death penalty would be used as punishment. After that, the population would be "integrated" into "Russian civilization". The author describes the planned actions as a "decolonization" of Ukraine.

RT presenter Anton Krasovsky said that Ukrainian children should have been thrown straight into a river with a strong current. "They should have been drowned in the Tysyna (River). Just drown those children, drown them. They could be shoved into huts and burned.”

Vladimir Putin called the leadership of Ukraine "a gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis".

See similar disinformation narratives in our database: Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians are a single nation, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are three Russian political nations; Ukraine became a colony of the United States; Ukraine is a Western puppet that creates problems for Russia.


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