Disinfo: Ukraine does not implement any reforms


There are no reforms there [in Ukraine]! Only the curators of Ukraine –  the Americans and the EU members – have an interest to this stuff. And Poroshenko is providing them with these lies that supposedly something like that is going on. There are no reforms there. There is a robbery and collapse of the country […]. And everyone knows that.


Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's collapse. According to the Carnegie Endowment's report "Ukraine Reform Monitor: October 2017", last year, the overall pace of the reforms in Ukraine remained slow, but this doesn't mean they are not happening at all. Judiciary, decentralization, and pension reform have moved forward.


  • Reported in: Issue 96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: European Union, Ukrainian disintegration, Economic difficulties, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian statehood


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Europe is pretending that Russians are subhuman

We [Russia] saved humanity [from Nazism during World War II] and humanity as a matter of fact owes us, although we do not demand a debt from it, but it owes us. And because of this, any things that Europe is doing today – at the Olympics, in Ukraine, anywhere, the sanctions. Here, given this debt, it would be difficult for them [to recognize Russia’s leading role in the victory over Nazism]. Now, this debt must be wiped, it is necessary to grade and minimise it somehow because then it will be easier for them to act meanly and introduce double standards, it will be easier to pretend that we are subhuman.


There is no solid evidence that EU leaders refuse to recognize the important role of the Soviet Russia in defeating Nazi Germany or the huge losses of the USSR during WW2. The accusation against EU leaders is based on the statement by Mairead McGuinness, the vice-president of the European Parliament. According to the Russian translation showed by Vremya Pokazhet, she stated in Brussels on January 24, 2018, that the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau were liberated by the "allied forces" [time code: 8:18]. According to Artem Scheinin, the host of the show on Pervyi Kanal, Mairead McGuinness must say: "liberated by the Soviet army" and this " slip of the tongue" was made by her on purpose to distort history

The original speech: web.ep.streamovations.be/index.php/event/stream/180124-1200-special-holocaust-commemoration,

The ban imposed by Ukraine on the book “Stalingrad” by British historian Antony Beevor testifies that Ukraine has returned to the Stone Age of human civilization due to its ultra-nationalism

This is a monstrous phenomenon. [the prohibition of the book “Stalingrad” by British historian Anthony Beevor in Ukraine]. The European future of Ukraine is a return to the Stone Age, when your ultra-nationalism prevents you from any civilized, cultural cooperation, cultural, scientific cooperation, prevents you from seeing the truth.


Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about ultra-nationalism in Ukraine. 

While it is true that the ban on the book in Ukraine has caused controversy (for background see: https://www.rferl.org/a/beevor-historian-ukraine-ban-stalingrad/28980932.html) , in 2015, the Russian region of Sverdlovsk region also banned books by Antony Beevor over suggestions that they misinterpret the events of the Second World War and are "imbued with Nazi propaganda". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11786024/Russian-region-bans-British-historians-books-on-Second-World-War.html

The Russian Federation did not and does not wage war on the territory of Ukraine, on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

The Russian Federation did not and does not wage war on the territory of Ukraine, on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.


One of the most repeated examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation. But the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming, much of it coming, inadvertently or deliberately, from Russian troops themselves. Further details, for example, are in the following reports: http://bit.ly/1i9fChX, http://bit.ly/1JUXaQB, http://bit.ly/1RbWQU5, http://bit.ly/1L6f6J6, http://bit.ly/1GpWmnW.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.