Disinfo: There is no Ukraine, only Ukrainism as a disorder of the mind


There is no Ukraine but “Ukrainianism”, a specific disorder of the mind. Surprisingly, the passion for ethnography is brought to extreme degrees. Such a bloody local history. Muddle instead of the state. There are Borscht, [Stepan] Bandera, there is the bandura. But there is no nation. There is a brochure “Independent Ukraine”, but there is no Ukraine. The only question is, has Ukraine already gone, or has it not yet emerged?

Ukraine has not yet emerged. But over time, it will appear. Ukrainians are stubborn guys, they will carry it out. However, what kind of Ukraine will it be, in what borders will it exist, and even, maybe, how many Ukraines there will be is an open question. And one way or another, Russia will have to participate in resolving these issues.

Relations with Ukraine were never simple, even when Ukraine was part of Russia. Ukraine has always been troublesome for the imperial and Soviet bureaucracy. Coercion by force to fraternal relations is the only method that has historically proven effective in the Ukrainian direction.


Recurrent Russian propaganda statement on Ukraine, which "does not exist". Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state which preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign State whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements, de facto violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine.

The "all-Russian nation"narrative is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians.

See more disinformation cases on "Ukrainians are not Ukrainians but Russians".


  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood


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Western liberal civilisation is decadent, materialistic, hedonistic and perverse

Ayatollah Khomeini warned Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader, that Russia, after its liberation from godless atheistic communism, should not fall into the trap of Western liberalism, a decadent, materialistic, hedonistic and perverse civilisation. Gorbachev did not heed Khomeini’s warning and Russia fell into the trap of liberalism. Russia would have died in this trap had it not been for Vladimir Putin, who saved everything in Russia that could still be saved.


This message is in line with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's moral decay aimed at portraying Russia as superior to the West in terms of values and morals. This narrative often claims that President Vladimir Putin saved Russia’s values and identity  from the threat of  Western decadence and that he is the only world leader that protects  traditional European and Christian values. “Threatened values” is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

The article seeks to discredit liberal democracy by repeating  the pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West’s moral decadence, materialism, perverted values, and hostility to traditional religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology).

Activists claimed hundreds of thousands participating in march in memory of Boris Nemtsov

A march took place in Moscow, gathering those who remember Boris Nemtsov. But that was not all. It was not like a commemorative event from the very beginning.

Western media filmed a completely different thing – loud slogans and successful camera angles. How can one doubt in this case that there are tens of thousands?

In fact, just over eight thousand people passed the metal detector that stood in front of the starting point of the procession. But opposition activists thought in their own way: “I think we’ll count tonight, you’ll see the act on my Facebook, there should have been two hundred thousand.”


The report is ridiculing opposition march in memory of the murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, presenting its participants as people who don't really know what they were there for and what signs they carried.

The organizers did not claim they were 200 000. Over 22,000 people rallied for Saturday’s march in a square around 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) from the Kremlin, according to White Counter, a monitoring organization that tallies up participants at rallies using metal detector frames, reports Reuters.

Washington is testing options for invading the Kaliningrad region

About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries will take part in the military exercise “Defender Europe 2020”. 20,000 of them are American military personnel. The main goal is to practice the rapid deployment of American forces to the Russian border. Experts believe that Washington is testing options for invading the territory of the Kaliningrad region. 


This article is in line with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative of encircling Russia, claiming that US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020" is directed against Russia. Find similar cases here. Exercise Defender-Europe 2020 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theatre to various training areas. The aim of the exercises is to increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force and equipment from the United States to Europe; and alongside its allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis. "The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries. Approximately 37,000 U.S., allied, and partner nation service members are expected to participate with roughly 20,000 soldiers deploying from the U.S," states the official web site of the exercises. Eighteen countries are expected to participate, with exercise activities occurring across 10 countries. More details about the exercise can be found here.

At a press conference in Berlin on January 14, 2020, the Deputy Commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, General Andrew Rawling, announced that Defender 2020 is not directed against Russia or against another country: "These manoeuvres are not related to any particular country. In this, they differ from past exercises of the Cold War. It is a question of defence in general under various crisis scenarios."