Disinfo: The West needs a weak and poor Ukraine

Summary

The West [EU] does not need a large Ukraine with well-developed infrastructure and intelligent scientific and technical personnel. Therefore, it is looking through its fingers (ed: trying not to see/cowardly) at the loss of Crimea and Donbas, as well as the destruction of the country’s economy.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. Since 2014, the EU and the Financial Institutions have mobilised more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.

Since 2016, there has been a steady increase in the export of more value-added products, such as machinery and appliances and transport equipment, while the number of companies exporting to the EU has increased from 11,700 companies in 2015 to more than 14,500 companies in 2019.

The total trade turnout increased to 52.6 bln USD in 2019. During 2015-2019, Ukraine also increased its export to the EU from 13 bln USD to 24 bln USD. Overall in 2019, Ukrainian export to the EU increased by 3.9%. Now, the EU accounts for almost half of Ukrainian export. The EU remains a key trading partner of Ukraine with a share of 40.1%. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine trade relations.

The European Union allocates money to help Ukraine and other countries cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is confident that “together with the support from the International Monetary Fund, the funds will help enhance macroeconomic stability and create space to allow resources to be allocated towards protecting citizens and to mitigating the negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.” According to the press release by the European Council, financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms.

The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence of the annexation. For the EU's statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine
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Poles have been fascists and anti-Jewish since before WW II until today

The Russian President hinted at the rise of fascism these days in Poland with the encouragement of the United States. Diplomatic documents clearly indicate that the Poles were anti-Jewish at the time of WWII as they are today.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting Poland's actions in the run-up to and during the Second World War.

The claim about dimplomatic documents that "clearly indicate that the Poles were then anti-Jewish as they are today" refers to the Polish diplomat Józef Lipski's alleged support of Jewish migration out of Europe. The diplomat's support for Jewish emigration from Europe stemmed from Warsaw's support at the time for the Zionist movement, "which was clandestinely supported by Poland in military matters." After the Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland, Lipski fled to France and joined the Polish Armed Forces as a volunteer.

Zelenskyy is going to take away Russian territories

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to dream about getting Russian territories. With a preference for jokes on political issues, he once again raised the topic of relations with Russia. It turned out that Zelenskyy believes in a great victory over the Kremlin. In an interview with the Canadian newspaper “Globe and Mail”, the guarantor of “nezalezhnoy” [Ukraine] called the relationship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as confusing and complicated.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative painting Ukraine as an aggressive, Russia-hating, state.

In the interview with the Canadian newspaper “Globe and Mail”, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not say that he plans to take the territories of the Russian Federation. He wants to return Ukrainian territories that are not currently under Kyiv's control.

MH17 wasn’t hit by a BUK missile, the Netherlands politicised the case

An expert pointed to facts that exclude a missile from hitting flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been investigating for many years the circumstances of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing Flight MH17, that crashed in the Donbas in 2014. However, despite the wide resonance of this tragedy and the international support of the investigation, the Netherlands still has not been able to compile an objective picture of the disaster, preferring to fit the facts under the anti-Russian version of this clearly politicised case.

This is a reason for the technical expert Yuri Antipov to engage in an independent investigation to establish the true cause of the crash. On his Facebook page, the expert cited a selection of photo reports depicting individual elements of the destroyed Boeing, contradicting the main version of JIT, who have been imposing the version of the mythical “BUK” on the whole world for six years.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the MH17 crash, aiming to undermine the Joint International Investigation and subsequent criminal trial.

There years ago, this same Russian 'independent expert', Yuriy Antipov, claimed that MH-17 crashed because of an explosion on board. He claimed that a bomb was planted on the aeroplane in the Netherlands. Also, in 2017, Antipov said that a BUK missile system, shown on videos by the Investigation Team (JIT), was brought there by Ukrainian forces.