Disinfo: There are no Ukrainians, no separate nation and language

Summary

Ukrainians were told that they are a separate nation with their own language. In fact, Ukraine is the chimera that has been created in recent decades.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an artificial country and that Ukrainians are a part of a larger Russian nation. Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia through the illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Read similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is not a country, but a territory, that Ukraine has never existed as an independent country, that Ukraine is a state formation, and not a country, that Ukraine was artificially created as a state hostile towards Russia, that myth about Ukraine as a separate nation was created in the USSR, or that Ukrainian literary language is an artificial language created by the Soviet authorities.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/07/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
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Ukrainian nationalists are fighting in Donbas with local residents

Ukrainian nationalists are not fighting the Russian Federation army in Donbas, as Kyiv claims, but with local residents, many of whom are citizens of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray it as a civil war.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that has continued since February 2014. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

Galician project in Ukraine raped the whole country

Commenting on the news that Parubiy called on all Ukrainian forces to prevent the Russification of education, the journalist (Yelena Priven) emphasized that since they [authorities] have imposed a rural way of thinking on the country, they feel threatened by the Russian language … The fight against Russian in Ukraine is understandable and logical, and there will be no opposite movement in the foreseeable future. The Galician project in Ukraine, which raped the whole country, was imposed except the Crimea and Donbas. This project is transforming Ukraine into a farm.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian language law and Russophobia. The law "on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language" does not forbid the use of Russian or other languages in private communication and religious ceremonies. Moreover, Russian and other languages can be present in book publishing, the press, including radio and television, education, and the service sector. The law allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and in law enforcement. Similar disinformation cases are here and here.

The United States is stopping Balkan Stream because of the political instability in Bulgaria

The current political instability in Bulgaria is the reason for the sanctions imposed by the US towards all companies involved in the construction of “Balkan Stream”.

Disproof

The sanctions that were declared on 15 July that the US will impose will be directed towards not only Turk Stream (referred by Michael Pompeo as “Balkan Stream”), but also Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. The primary reason for the sanctions by the US is not related to the current political situation in Bulgaria. Rather, the US government views the current energy projects as beneficial only to Russia and the gas pipelines as one of Kremlin's main tools for exploiting and expanding Europe's dependence on Russian energy. Furthermore, as of the release of the article, there are no officially declared Bulgarian companies that are expected to be sanctioned due to the construction of the gas pipeline.