Disinfo: Ukraine is a fake country, Ukrainian ideology was created to split the Russian nation

Summary

[…] the ideology of [Ukrainian nationalism, Ukrainians] is aimed at splitting the larger, united Russian nation, separating from its southern, Little Russian branch, and creating a fake state with a fake, destructive ideology.

We see that this ideology led to a bloody civil war and attempts to destroy and suppress the Donbas.

Disproof

An example of historical revisionism, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an artificial country and that Ukrainians are a part of a larger Russian nation. This publication also promotes the pro-Kremlin narrative that there is a civil war in Donbas waged by Ukraine against the people of Donbas.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia through the illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament.

The publication refers to a derogatory term 'Little Russians' to identify Ukrainians, which derives from imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty.

The war in Eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but a well-documented act of ongoing aggression by Russian armed forces, since February 2014.

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is not a country, but a territory, that Ukraine has never existed as an independent country, that Ukraine is a state formation, and not a country, that Ukraine was artificially created as a state hostile towards Russia, that myth about Ukraine as a separate nation was created in the USSR, or that Ukrainian literary language is an artificial language created by the Soviet authorities.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

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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In Ukraine, they will take away apartments from those who do not want to fight in the Donbas

Ukraine is preparing to attack Donbas with renewed power. For this, President Zelenskyy registered a draft law on military service in the Verkhovna Rada. The principle of the new bill is a sharp increase in the size of fines for violating the rules of military registration in Ukraine. Now those who do not register on time or fail to show up for mobilisation will face huge fines. Those who do not want to fight with Donbas will be fined by having their apartments or cars taken away.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Ukraine is sabotaging peace in Donbas and that Ukraine does not need Donbas.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has indeed registered a new presidential bill No. 3553, which tightens the responsibility for evading military service. The document speaks of compulsory military service, which begins at age 20 (at the request of a draftee at age 18). Conscripts are not taking part in the armed combat in Donbas.

All former Soviet republics attended the parade in Moscow

Representatives of almost all the republics of the former USSR participated in the Moscow parade on the 75th anniversary of the Victory. The entire former USSR went to the parade. Only a few countries where Nazi regimes are in power refused to participate in the parade.

Disproof

Another recurring narrative about Nazi and Russophobia in the EU, Ukraine and Georgia. It is also an example of historical revisionism.

In Moscow and other Russian cities on June 24, the Victory Parade was held in honour of the victory of the USSR in World War II. It took place almost a month and a half after the original date of 9 May - due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only a few presidents of countries that in the past were part of the USSR attended the Russian parade. Of the 15 former Soviet republics in 2020, only the heads of 5 states came to Moscow: President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

Soros fully controls Ukraine

Billionaire George Soros took control of Ukraine. Soros gained significant influence during the change of Ukrainian presidents and governments. Soros openly intervened in the political struggle and provoked internal conflicts in Ukraine.

Disproof

Baseless conspiracy theory and recurrent disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine became a puppet of the US, the EU or the West because they fomented a coup.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected President and parliament. You can find here several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control. George Soros is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation and conspiracy theories, as summarised in this article. Ukraine is furthermore not subject to an "internal conflict", but a Russian, state-led aggression.