Disinfo: Ukraine has ceased to be an independent country

Summary

In general, Kyiv’s turn towards European values turned out to be somehow wrong. Ukraine has ceased to be an independent country capable of maintaining law and order and ensuring human rights on its territory.

The list of events related to the violation of law and order in Ukraine includes a coup, murders, attacks on journalists and discrimination against a certain category of citizens who want to speak Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, lost sovereignty, and undermining Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is an independent country. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost all countries. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU and a strategic partner for the US. Western partners support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

There was no coup in Ukraine seven years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU.

The claim about the language rights of Russians in Ukraine being violated is also false. On April 25 2019, the Verkhovna Rada passed the law 'on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language' but this law does not discriminate against any other languages. Russian, as well as other languages, can be used in private communication, religious ceremonies, press, book publishing etc. The law also allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and law enforcement.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Human rights, Russian language, European values, Sovereignty, Coup

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and the war in Donbas.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and the war in Donbas.

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