Disinfo: The coronavirus epidemic proves that the EU has abandoned Ukraine

Summary

It is an ironic twist that what is crushing Ukraine right now is not the “Russian aggression”. The epidemic will force one to pay for their sins. Europe has closed the borders and left its “partners” behind. The Ukrainians have been warned for years that Europe doesn’t care about them. The current situation is an excellent proof, that the European dreams that the Maidan Elites have lied to the Ukrainians about do not exist.

Disproof

Another story about the "civil war" in Ukraine, Russia's aggression against Ukraine is in no way connected with the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus, also subject to a disinformation campaign from Russia.

The EU will continue to support Ukraine even in the face of the global crisis caused by the pandemic. The first support package for Ukraine for the pandemic is approximately €80 million to support the health system. The EU can help address social issues: helping older people, online education, child care and providing credit support to small and medium-sized businesses.

In general, the European Union allocates €140 million to the Eastern Partnership countries for the most urgent needs to fight against coronavirus. In addition to Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova will also receive financial aid. The European Commission will also redistribute €700 million to help mitigate the socio-economic impact of the crisis caused by the coronavirus.

More on the targeted EU response to support partner countries' efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic here

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  • Reported in: Issue191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, War in Ukraine, Donbas

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Disproof

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