Disinfo: The West incites anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine


The US and the EU do not help Ukraine to build a strong state. They build anti-Russian sentiment in their own interests. They fight, introduce sanctions and weaken their geopolitical enemies.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western Russophobia and alleged anti-Russian projects in the West (in this case the EU and US).

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically elected president and parliament.

The EU and US. supports the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect toward territorial integrity and political independence.

Relations between Ukraine and the EU are based, inter alia, on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, which recognises and reaffirms independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders.

NATO’s goal is to support a sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, committed to democracy and rule of law. The alliance provides Ukraine with comprehensive support in the security and defence sector.


  • Reported in: Issue 142
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: West, European Union, Anti-Russian, Russophobia


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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