Disinfo: The Nazi ideology is evident in Ukrainian schools

Summary

Nazi ideology goes deep not only in the political ruling class but also in the Ukrainian society at all levels, including youth and children. Just have a look at the chants that are being said at youth and student marches in Ukraine:

"One language, one nation, one homeland, this is Ukraine! The Russians to the gallows! Whoever does not jump is Russian!"

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative presented as justification for the ongoing Russian military aggression against Ukraine, which started on 24 February 2022 with multiple attacks and broad incursions from Belarus, Russian soil and from the non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) in Eastern Ukraine.

The so-called “Nazi” chants are being falsely claimed, here, as being held as a morning routine inside a school in Drohobych in the Lviv region. The video shown was actually filmed back in November 2013, before the key events of the Maidan, as demonstrators hit the streets after then Ukrainian president President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly ordered the suspension of preparations for the pact with the European Union.

The protest being filmed here was organised by the “Студентський зрив - Student Disruption" and was held on Rynok Square St, in front of the City Council in Drohobych, not inside the schools of the city.

This claim is also linked to messages about Western Ukraine, particularly Lviv, the largest city in the West of the country, being a Nazi supporting region, and even governed by Nazis. A claim which is totally ridiculous.

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. 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".

Read more about the EU response and support for Ukraine. See also the Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War and The Chilling Background to the Kremlin's "No War" trope.

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  • Reported in: Issue 278
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/03/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood, fake news, Adolf Hitler

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Democratic development of Ukraine suspended after coup instigated by the West

After denazification and demilitarisation, Ukraine will return to peaceful development. The evolution of the country's democratic development came to a halt in February 2014, after an anti-constitutional coup d'état at the instigation of the West.

After the completion of the operation, the EU and the West will have to realise how tragic the consequences are of pumping money and weapons to the aggressive neo-Nazi regime in the center of Europe.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan. This is consistent with the narrative about popular protests around the world which claims that they are incited and funded by Western states, including colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. This claim is part of the disinformation campaign related to the ongoing unjustified and unprovoked Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

The West needs Ukraine as a battering ram against Russia

The West needs Ukraine as a "geopolitical battering ram" against Russia, which is why the Ukrainian side receives money, weapons and ammunition from them, which they use to continue killing civilians.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukraine's statehood and trying to blame the West for the Russian invasion of Ukraine by painting Ukraine as a puppet of the West.

Ukraine is a sovereign state with a democratically elected government and its own foreign and security policy. The country is not controlled by the US, EU or any other foreign organisation or government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the world but have been violated by Russia since 2014. Western countries are only supporting lethal military aid and financial aid to Ukraine for the country’s efficient self-defence against the unprovoked Russian invasion.

West nurtures Russophobia, should understand its harmfulness

Russia is surprised by the fact that Western leaders are nurturing Russophobia. They should understand the harmfulness of their actions. A pretext can always be found because the West aims at deterring Russia rather than solving a concrete problem.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media accusing the West of a biased attitude toward Russia.

In reality, the West has always been calling for solving all problems with Russia in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. Western nations do not pose a threat to Moscow. It is Russia that has continually been trying to achieve its goals by military means, which is a violation of international law. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which started on February 24 2022 made Western nations take a tougher stand on Russia and impose more sanctions on Moscow and certain Russian individuals.

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