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

Summary

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.

Disproof

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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  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Romania, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood, Conspiracy theory, Donbas, War in Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring narrative painting the West as unreliable in comparison to Russia. Serbia is a sovereign state and not subservient to the EU and NATO, and many high officials from the West have visited it. The last visit happened just a week ago (22nd October 2019) when German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, visited Belgrade. The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, made a two-day visit to Belgrade in September 2019. French President Emmanuel Macron visited Serbia in July 2019 and an official visit of the Hungarian President, János Áder, also took place in July 2019. Earlier in 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visited Serbia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also visited Serbia during 2018. Read a similar disinformation case about Serbia only having visits from low ranking officials here.