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

Summary

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.

Disproof

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".

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
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Moscow did not interfere in US elections

Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the US presidential elections that took place in 2016 by means of organized piracy operations on social media networks. Moscow denied these allegations, stressing that it was not involved in such operations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies.

Accusations of Russian interference in US elections is a PR campaign

We cannot exclude the possibility that accusations of Russian interference in US elections are a Democratic PR-campaign, where everything is based on repeating the same accusations again and again. Those who are familiar with the findings of the Mueller-investigation no longer believe the tales about Russian hackers.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative denying Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election. Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies. Thus, the Special Investigation was primarily concerned with "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2). Robert Mueller makes it clear in his report that "collusion" is not a legal concept under US federal law, and that gathering evidence thereof would have fallen outside the scope of the special counsel investigation (p. 2). The report does, in fact, identify "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign" (p. 9). The investigation ascertained that "Russia's two principal interference operations […] violated US criminal law" (p. 9) and were carried out in "sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1), noting that 13 Russian nationals implicated in these operations have been charged with "conspiracy to defraud the United States" (p. 174). Robert Mueller is a Republican appointed by the Trump administration, tasked with investigating ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.