Disinfo: Ukraine does not exist as a state, it is a colony of the US Democratic Party

Summary

Ukraine does not exist today. It is a colony of the US Democratic Party. Therefore, Ukrainians’ opinions do not interest anyone at all.

Disproof

No evidence is given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, which is often claimed to be under external control from the US, NATO, the EU, or IMF.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. The US or its political leaders, either from the Democratic or the Republican party, do not control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, confirmed by the resolutions of the United Nations, but violated by Russia.

The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. Since then, Washington has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the democratic development of the country and helping Ukraine to withstand Russian aggressionU.S. policy has since been centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

See other disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is under external control: that the US has taken Ukraine under external control; that neo-Bandera's Ukraine is under the US and NATO control; that Ukraine is under US control;  that US Embassy controls decisions taken in Ukraine; or that US and IMF define and control political appointments in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Democratic Party (US), Ukrainian statehood

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Ukraine is a fake country, Ukrainian ideology was created to split the Russian nation

[…] the ideology of [Ukrainian nationalism, Ukrainians] is aimed at splitting the larger, united Russian nation, separating from its southern, Little Russian branch, and creating a fake state with a fake, destructive ideology.

We see that this ideology led to a bloody civil war and attempts to destroy and suppress the Donbas.

Disproof

An example of historical revisionism, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an artificial country and that Ukrainians are a part of a larger Russian nation. This publication also promotes the pro-Kremlin narrative that there is a civil war in Donbas waged by Ukraine against the people of Donbas.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia through the illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament.

In Ukraine, they will take away apartments from those who do not want to fight in the Donbas

Ukraine is preparing to attack Donbas with renewed power. For this, President Zelenskyy registered a draft law on military service in the Verkhovna Rada. The principle of the new bill is a sharp increase in the size of fines for violating the rules of military registration in Ukraine. Now those who do not register on time or fail to show up for mobilisation will face huge fines. Those who do not want to fight with Donbas will be fined by having their apartments or cars taken away.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Ukraine is sabotaging peace in Donbas and that Ukraine does not need Donbas.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has indeed registered a new presidential bill No. 3553, which tightens the responsibility for evading military service. The document speaks of compulsory military service, which begins at age 20 (at the request of a draftee at age 18). Conscripts are not taking part in the armed combat in Donbas.

All former Soviet republics attended the parade in Moscow

Representatives of almost all the republics of the former USSR participated in the Moscow parade on the 75th anniversary of the Victory. The entire former USSR went to the parade. Only a few countries where Nazi regimes are in power refused to participate in the parade.

Disproof

Another recurring narrative about Nazi and Russophobia in the EU, Ukraine and Georgia. It is also an example of historical revisionism.

In Moscow and other Russian cities on June 24, the Victory Parade was held in honour of the victory of the USSR in World War II. It took place almost a month and a half after the original date of 9 May - due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only a few presidents of countries that in the past were part of the USSR attended the Russian parade. Of the 15 former Soviet republics in 2020, only the heads of 5 states came to Moscow: President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.