Disinfo: Ukraine is a colony with a puppet regime, it has no right to join NATO

Summary

Ukraine became the tool of other games, a colony with a puppet regime (of Anglo-Saxons), an outpost against Russia. The statehood of Ukraine and the legitimacy of its authorities is a big question. It has no right to join NATO.

Disproof

Recurring narratives about Ukraine as a failed state, questioning Ukrainian statehood and presenting its authorities as puppets of Anglo-Saxons.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, free to decide its political orientation including international organisations and military alliances. This narrative served as one of the reasons for the Russian invasion of Ukraine with the Kremlin fabricating pretexts for their attack.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a special military operation against Ukraine citing NATO’s military infrastructure approaching the Russian border as a pretext. Another pretext for the so-called operation is “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine according to official Russian statements. The invasion was followed by airstrikes on military objects. Russian troops later started bombing and shelling civilian targets as well.

For the background, see vol. 1 and vol. 2 of the series "What he said and what it really means" analysing Putin's statements in the run-up to the invasion.

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  • Reported in: Issue 276
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Puppets, Anglo-Saxon, NATO, West, EU/NATO enlargement
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Disinfo: NATO enlargement policy is aggressive

NATO enlargement policy is aggressive and groundless. It does not improve stability in the region of Eastern Europe and is a growing threat to Belarus and the Union State of Belarus and Russia in general.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about NATO enlargement.

Central and Eastern European countries began seeking NATO membership in the early 1990s. NATO actively sought to create a cooperative environment that was conducive to enlargement while simultaneously building special relations with Russia.

Disinfo: Ukraine has no sustainable statehood

No sustainable statehood has ever been established in Ukraine. Modern Ukraine was created by communist Russia and the state can be named Ukraine after Vladimir Lenin.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence, claiming that Ukraine is a failed state.

The claim from President Putin that Ukraine is an artificial or even failed state is unsubstantiated. See this debunk. Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014. Ukraine's Western partners have been providing it with financial and technical assistance.

Disinfo: West pushing Ukraine to war crimes with the use of chemical weapons, bombing of civilians

The Munich Conference was supposed to demonstrate to the whole world the unity of the NATO member states. But they were united only in one thing: none of them is going to send their troops to help Kyiv. At the same time, all of them are pushing Zelensky to — let's call a spade a spade — war crimes. They expect monstrous provocations from Kyiv with the use of chemical weapons, the bombing of civilians, the massacres of their fellow citizens. The Ukrainian regime has been given an indulgence in advance for any atrocities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about agressive West pushing Ukraine for war crimes in Donbas, about false flag operations, chemical weapons attacks and massacres in Ukraine.

There is no evidence to back the claim that Ukraine is preparing a “chemical provocation” in Donbas. Ukraine has never produced or stockpiled chemical weapons.