Disinfo: Ukraine does not exist, it is a Polish fake

Summary

Іt is profitable to believe in the Polish fake "Ukraine is not Russia." Because this fake justifies the very existence of the independent [Ukraine], including independence from common sense rulers in Ukraine. It allows them to be considered independent. [...] the main interest of the citizens of Ukraine is reunification with the rest of Russia since Ukrainians are part of the Russian people.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the history of Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

The history of Ukraine dates back to the times of the Kyivan Rus’ in the IX-XIII centuries. As a nation-state, Ukraine was formed during the XVI-XIX centuries when it was divided by major European states: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita) and the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. However, in the middle of the XVII century, parts of Ukraine's territories received independence from Poland and created an independent Cossacks Hetmanate. Later, it signed a military and political cooperation deal with Moscow, which was then used by Russian rulers to deprive Hetmanate of its sovereign rights. In the early XX century, after the collapse of the Russian empire, the Ukrainian People’s Republic was proclaimed. In Western Ukraine, which at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Western Ukrainian National Republic was created. On 22 January 1919, the two states signed a Unification Act creating a unified state. Other territories wanted to join the new Ukrainian state, such as Northern Bukovyna and Crimea, and adopted appeals to the government of a unified Ukrainian People’s Republic. For a historical perspective see here [in Ukrainian].

Ukrainians do not want to join Russia. More than 80% support the independence of Ukraine. And less than 14% are in favour of joining the Eurasion Union with Russia. See a similar case Ukraine has always been Russian, at least half of it.

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  • Reported in: Issue 233
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Poland
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Ukraine
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Navalny supporters with flashlights are similar to traitors in besieged Leningrad

So, NATO gave orders to Navalny’s team – what steps to take next. This makes them agents of this organisation.

And again, it just so happened that the harmless flashlights in Gene Sharp’s training manual on organising colour revolutions are also spelled out – point number 24. It seems harmless, but during the blockade of Leningrad with the same lights – signal flares – the traitors pointed at the strategic objects of the city.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative from Pro-Kremlin media about Navalny being an agent of Western secret services or the West in general.

In relation to the ban on protest rallies in Russia, Navalny´s team indeed recommended to anyone supporting them to activate the flashlights on their mobiles at the same time on February 14. The comparison of this flashmob to the "actions of the traitors in besieged Leningrad" during World War II is outrageous and can be regarded an insult to Russian citizens who care for the destiny of their country.

The Council of Europe is silent about discrimination against Russian speakers in neighbouring countries

The Council of Europe is silent regarding discrimination against Russian people and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the three Baltic countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.

The Council of Europe is indifferent to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the Baltic states

The lack of a proper reaction to discrimination against Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine and the Baltic states undermines the authority of the Council of Europe.

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The Council of Europe should not regard the glorification of Nazi collaborators and the violation of the rights of Russian-speaking people in some Post-Soviet states with indifference.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.