DISINFO: Ukraine approached the anniversary of independence in the status of a colony under external control
  • Outlet: TK Union (archived)*
  • Date of publication: August 14, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, US, China, Turkey, UK
Ukrainian statehood Sovereignty Puppets

DISINFO: Ukraine approached the anniversary of independence in the status of a colony under external control


Ukraine is approaching its thirtieth anniversary in the format of a colony, in the format of a state with external control. [...] There is no doubt that Ukraine is controlled from the outside. Ukraine is not a sovereign state today. This is a failed state, that is, a state that has failed to create its own statehood. It has been transferred to the management of its external curators. And from time to time they get confused about who is the main curator: whether it is Washington or London, or Ukraine is trying to seek support from Beijing or Ankara.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine being under "external control." See similar cases here claiming that Ukraine is a colony, governed by a puppet regime, and here a claim about how Ukraine "sold its self to external control".

The claim that Ukraine is a colony or a failed state is unsubstantiated. Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014. Ukraine's Western partners have been providing it with financial and technical assistance.

Ukraine is not controlled by the US or UK, nor by any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world with Russia as the key exception.

See similar disinformation cases that target Ukraine: that Ukraine became an American colony since the coup; that Ukraine does not exist as a state; that Ukraine will be split up; that Ukraine is a quasi-state with failed economy; or that collapse of Ukraine resulting in the loss of territories may soon happen.


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