DISINFO: Ukraine will disintegrate and fall prey to territorial claims of EU member states
  • Outlet: sputnik.by (archived)*
  • Date of publication: October 23, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • Countries / regions discussed: Romania, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Russia
Ukrainian disintegration Ukrainian statehood Conspiracy theory Donbas War in Ukraine Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: Ukraine will disintegrate and fall prey to territorial claims of EU member states


Russia is not going to threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the former territories of the Soviet Union. No one can exclude the possibility that Ukraine will start disintegrating itself, as the regional elites no longer need Kyiv. Poles, Hungarians, and Romanians have their eye on the Ukrainian territories, which historically were part of Poland, Hungary, and Romania. As the situation deteriorates in Ukraine, protection of national minorities will become in issue. Furthermore Nazi structures, prominent in Ukraine, may push the government to attack Donbas.


Conspiracy theory perpetuating several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about disintegration of Ukraine, war in East Ukraine, as well as Nazism and Russophobia. Russia is, in fact, violating territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine with continuous acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. Poland, Hungary, and Romania adhere to international law regarding state borders and have no territorial claims upon Ukraine.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Neo-Nazis have an outsized influence in Ukrainian politics, that Poles are stoking nationalist sentiment in Ukraine in order to annex Lviv, that Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia are willing to be part of Russia, and that real Ukrainian patriots fought for DPR/LPR.


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