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.
The West does not want to use Ukraine in the war against Russia. It is Russia that undertook a well-documented act of aggression, ongoing since February 2014. Furthermore, it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who launched an invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 calling it a special military operation and citing NATO’s military infrastructure approaching the Russian border as a pretext.
Read our recent article on Russian disinformation about the Russian military buildup near Ukraine and the subsequent invasion of the country.
See our guide to deciphering pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's war.
See our account of the Kremlin's intention of annihilation of Ukraine here.