Disinfo: The West does not need war-torn Ukraine

Summary

The West does not need war-torn Ukraine, which cannot get out of the economic crisis. That is why they are trying to get rid of it for their own advantage. They cannot accuse Kyiv of insolvency in so many words, because it is them who took part in the creation of present-day Ukraine. To save face, the European Union and the United States can resort to a military scenario or to divide Ukraine in two zones of influence, one for Russia and the other for themselves.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about abandoned Ukraine.

Since 2014, the European Union, together such such donors as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, have mobilised more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process in Ukraine.

Ukraine is the priority partner for the EU. The Association Agreement signed in 2014, promotes deeper political ties and stronger economic links between Ukraine and the EU.

See related disinformation claims alleging that Ukraine is an abandoned third-rate colony ; that for the US and Europe Ukraine is just a training ground against Russia; that the West is preparing for disintegration of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, EU, US
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties, Abandoned Ukraine
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Ukraine ready for attack in Donbas at Washington’s nod

Ukraine is ready to launch an offensive in Donbas after receiving an order from the White House.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alone will not dare to attack. Escalation will be fraught with provocations. The Kremlin is watching the situation closely. It is in the interest of Zelenskyy to keep the war going. Ukraine is a convenient bridgehead for military action against Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media, claiming that the West is waging a proxy war against Russia and that the United States is trying to disrupt Moscow's attempts at ending the war. 

In fact, the Ukrainian Armed Forces do not receive orders from any foreign country and their activities in Donbas only depend on the current situation in the war zone. There is no presence of NATO or US forces in the Donbas war zone. NATO experts, who are stationed in Ukraine, for instance, help the country's Armed Forces with the military reform. Sometimes NATO troops engage in joint military exercises with the Ukrainian military. 

The West makes violent attempts of "democratisation" and suppression of Russia

The West makes violent attempts of the "democratisation" and suppression of Russia.

In general, attempts, at such, almost violent democratisations since the collapse of the Soviet Union, they were well felt, we all watched them, we all remember them. They are improving over time, they are being implemented, these attempts, with the use of more and more new technological tools. The West has chosen a course of containing and suppressing Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the West's aggressive anti-Russian and Russophobic policy toward Russia.

The West does not seek to suppress Russia, undermine the Russian statehood or force it to be democratic.

Lithuania and Poland are competing for the destabilisation of Belarus to please the US

Lithuania has been in a competition with Warsaw for the leading position to not only destabilise Belarus but also to destroy the unity between Russia and Belarus. This competition is important for Lithuania and Poland because they understand that the new US President Joe Biden supports the struggle against the Russian influence. Who will win the competition, will get the biggest dividends [from the US].

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives portraying Lithuania and Poland as vassals of the US and about Western attempts to organise a coup or colour revolution in Belarus.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August 2020, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called Belarusian elections neither free nor fair.