Disinfo: Ukraine has to return Lviv to Poland

Summary

Ukraine should return Lviv to Poland. If you think like all those people who are revising history, then, according to their logic, they should return Lviv to Poland.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence.

On December 1, 1991, the All-Ukrainian Referendum on Independence was held in Ukraine. It confirmed the Act of Independence of Ukraine that was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on August 24, 1991. On December 2, Poland recognised Ukraine’s independence and made no territorial claims against Kyiv.

Poland and the EU strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The EU continues to extend sanctions against Russia for its violations of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: , , Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Poland
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood

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