Disinfo: Ukraine is a failed state which will soon cease to exist

Summary

It is quite obvious that the project of Ukrainian statehood is close to its completion. The dynamics are obvious: the population is rapidly decreasing, the Ukrainian government executes all orders from anti-national overseas curators. It has already been decided that the land will be sold to transnational corporations. Ukraine is a failed state. Ukraine will cease to exist.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the statehood and alleged disintegration of Ukraine.

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 illustrate 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.

Ukraine is not controlled by the US or NATO, nor by any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world with Russia as the key exception.

See similar disinformation cases that target Ukraine: that Ukraine became an American colony since the coup; that Ukraine does not exist as a state; that Ukraine will be split up; that Ukraine is a quasi-state with failed economy; or that collapse of Ukraine resulting in the loss of territories may soon happen.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 246
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Ukrainian disintegration

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