Disinfo: Ukraine is preparing a strike against Russian interests

Summary

Numerous signs indicate that the West wants to turn Ukraine into a military opponent of Russia. Keith Dayton, the US ambassador to Kyiv, is “the organiser of largescale military-political actions,” and one of the Western politicians behind Maidan in 2014. Ukraine received a visa waiver and became an associate member “here and there” to encourage anti-Russian activities.

The Ukrainian Army is being trained by experts from NATO members, more than five bases and “military-political action” training centres were established. Ukraine is clearly being prepared for war. They are unlikely to attack Crimea or the Donbas, but Ukrainian forces might be deployed against Transnistria.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about Ukraine being prepared by the West to attack Russia.

There was no coup in Ukraine seven years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU. Consequently, neither Keith Dayton nor any other Western politicians were behind Maidan.

Ukraine is a sovereign country. EU/US policies are centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous and free Ukraine, more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures. Russia is, in fact, violating territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine with continuous acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

No evidence has ever emerged that the West is able to dictate Ukrainian policy in any way, especially Kyiv's military strategy. While NATO does cooperate with Ukraine on various training programmes, some of these date back to the time when President Viktor Yanukovych was in office. There is no evidence that the alliance or any Western power is training the Ukrainian Army to attack Russia or any of its allies.

The EU has also delivered an unprecedented amount of support to Ukraine in past years. In March last year, the EU and European Financial Institutions committed EUR 11 billion in support of Ukraine’s political, economic and financial stabilisation. So far, around EUR 6 billion has been mobilised in the form of loans and grants, including the recently approved additional third macro-financial assistance programme of EUR 1.8 billion. The EU is both currently and since the country's independence the biggest international donor to Ukraine. However, none of this support, nor the visa waiver for Ukrainians is conditional upon the implementation of any anti-Russia activities.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian
  • Country: Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Transnistria, West, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Crimea, NATO, Donbas
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