Disinfo: Ukraine is a separatist part of historical Russia, thus Moscow…

Summary

Ukraine is a separatist part of historical Russia, thus Moscow should not negotiate with Kyiv, but gradually annex all the territories of Ukraine.

Disproof

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state. Russians themselves have promised to respect Ukraine's independence and sovereignty in the Budapest Memorandum in 1994.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 61
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine

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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Disproof

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Disproof

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