Disinfo: The entry of Nazi Ukraine into the European Union would mean its collapse

Summary

If the European Union really accepts as a member this state (Ukraine), where the Nazi groups rule the ball and the Nazi ideology reigns, which is incompatible with European values, [it] will mean the end of the European Union.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi Ukraine (this narrative served as one of the pretexts for the Russian invasion of Ukraine) and about the EU's alleged imminent collapse if Ukraine joins the Union.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been actively used by the pro-Kremlin outlets as one of the favorite tropes for years to denigrate Ukraine.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine appeared during the Euromaidan protests in late 2013 - early 2014, when the then-president Viktor Yanukovych was toppled and later fled to Russia. The Kremlin has been using this myth since then to discredit Kyiv’s shift towards Euro-Atlantic policy.

In 2015 Ukraine issued a ban on Nazi and Communist ideologies. The far-right groups had a limited presence during the Euromaidan protests and have suffered defeats in every national election since, with a united front of all radical right-wing parties in the 2019 parliamentary elections winning only 2.15% of the vote falling far short of the 5% minimum treshold for entry into parliament.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy submitted an official request to allow his country to gain ‘immediate’ membership under a special fast-track procedure as it defends itself from a Russian invasion.

Ukraine has completed its membership questionnaire in its early bid to join the EU.

All EU member countries must agree on a framework for the negotiations and must then ratify the country’s treaty once negotiations are completed to finish the membership process.

See other examples of similar disinformation in our database, such as claims that the Ukrainian crisis was caused by the West’s disregard for neo-Nazi’s crimes, that Nazi ideology is evident in Ukrainian schools, that Ukraine is destroying European values, or that Ukraine is committed to European values like fascism in the 30s and 40s.

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  • Reported in: Issue 290
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2022
  • Article language(s) Armenian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU disintegration, Nazi/Fascist, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, EU/NATO enlargement, European values, European Union
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Disinfo: EU rejected all Russian compromises and forced Russia to launch the special operation in Ukraine

Moscow asked not to turn the post-Soviet space into a zone of rivalry and containment of Russia. Moscow was prepared to make various compromises in order to achieve all these goals. It has always sought dialogue, even against the backdrop of Russophobia and sanctions imposed by Europe.

Finally, it was Moscow that proclaimed ideas of genuine tolerance and mutual respect. Russia did not interfere in the internal affairs of the European Union and respected their decisions and asked Brussels to respect the decisions and preferences of Russians.

But the EU that rejected all these compromises, it rejected the basic rules of coexistence and thus forced Russia to launch a special operation in Ukraine to strengthen the walls and foundations of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU, the West, the war in Ukraine and the direct Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed on February 24, 2022.

The claim that the EU or the West in general allegedly provoked the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine is one of the key messages of Putin’s propaganda. It was Putin’s personal decision to invade Ukraine and start the largest military conflict in Europe since WWII.

Disinfo: Ukraine is under control of the West and staged fakes about Bucha, Mariupol and Kramatorsk

Ukraine under control of the West prepares malicious provocations against Russia

The United States of America is rightly regarded as the world leader in movie production, a fact it has demonstrated by guiding Ukrainians in the production of fantastic fakes about Butcha, Mariupol and Kramatorsk. The revelations about this blatant slander are in the public domain for anyone who wants to see the ongoing madness for themselves. One thing is clear: all these actions are aimed at undermining socio-political stability and painting an extremely negative, highly exaggerated picture of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives alleging that Ukraine is under western control and that the well-documented Russian war crimes in Bucha, Mariupol and Kramatorsk are staged fakes. The baseless presented claims are aiming to deflect any Russian responsibility for the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine and committed Russian war crimes in Ukraine , which began on 24 February 2022.

The claim that Ukraine is controlled by the West is unsubstantiated. Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014. Ukraine's Western partners have been providing it with financial and technical assistance.

Disinfo: The collapse of Nazi regime in Ukraine sounds better than nuclear craters in Western capitals

The US has turned Ukraine into an aggressive, anti-Russian, NATO-driven puppet. Russia is successfully using highly accurate weapons to demilitarise and de-Nazify inadequate neighbours and create new hypersonic missiles. As the leading nuclear power, Russia cannot lose either in direct or in a proxy military conflict with the West.

A Nazi regime, the system of western values and the US-centric world order are collapsing in Ukraine. And this process looks more optimistic than nuclear craters in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, and London.

Disproof

This militaristic article draws a false dilemma and implicitly threatens Western countries with nuclear attacks: either the fall of the 'Nazi regime' in Ukraine, or deadly attacks on Western capitals. It contains a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media about non-sovereign, "Nazi Ukraine", which is used to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The false myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine is a clear propaganda narrative that became a cornerstone in pro-Kremlin disinformation and served as one of the pretexts behind Russia's unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The true meaning of the claim of "denazification" is equal to a brutal purge of the Ukrainian society, of democratically elected officials, active citizens and everybody else respecting the notion of a free Ukraine. Learn more about the reasons behind the Kremlin's obsession with framing Ukraine as a Nazi state in the EUvsDisinfo analysis titled "Why does Putin portray himself as the tamer of neo-Nazism".