Disinfo: The Polish politicians care about Ukraine only if it continues harming Russia

Summary

Poland does not care about the peace in Eastern Ukraine, or in the East in general, nor about the well-being of the Ukrainians. The Polish politicians, thinking in the anti-Russian categories, perceive Ukraine as an important issue only if it harms Russia. Otherwise, if Ukraine stops harming Russia, the Polish politicians and publicists lose their interest in this country.

Disproof

This message is a pro-Kremlin narrative on the “Russophobic elites”, which promote their anti-Russian policies with all available tools. In this case, the Polish elite allegedly uses the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine in order to weaken Russia and promote anti-Russian policies. See other examples of this message claiming that the elites in Europe are Russophobic, that anything that's bad for Russia is good for Polish elites and that Washington has designed a plan to rob Europe.

The Polish government has repeatedly shown its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine. See other examples of disinformation on the Polish-Ukrainian relations claiming Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, Ukrainian arms flood into Poland and that Poland wants to dismember Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Ukraine, Poland
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Anti-Russian, War in Ukraine, Russophobia, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO had promised that the Alliance would not expand to the East.

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