Disinfo: Ukraine is the greatest threat to security and peace in Europe


For almost eight years, Ukraine has remained the greatest threat to security and peace in Europe. The internal instability of this country, torn between the oligarchs and the Western capital, is a ticking time bomb. No meaningful reconfiguration of the international order can take place without disarming this bomb.

Ukraine is being sold to the West – the People’s Servants want to receive some personal gains. The [Ukrainian] thieves would rather blow up this unfortunate country than stop plundering it. The final price may be the peace in the region and the lives of millions of Ukrainians.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukrainian statehood and the War in Ukraine.

Unfounded claims about Ukraine’s imminent collapse and disintegration have been prominent in the pro-Kremlin media since 2014. The claim that Ukraine and its domestic instability are the greatest threat to European security is ungrounded.

Ukraine’s economic hardship is explained by many reasons, including corruption and Russian aggression, while the West is helping Ukraine by providing financial and technical assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and other international financial institutions. Importantly, the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU provide the framework for developing further successful economic and political contacts.

Russia’s hybrid aggression is not limited to military action against Ukraine. It also includes a hostile economic policy, a massive disinformation campaign and support of pro-Kremlin forces inside Ukraine, including pro-Kremlin media.

See earlier related disinformation claims alleging that Ukraine is an unstable country on the verge of total collapse; that Ukraine will disintegrate into small quasi-states; or that Ukraine is a “shell" state: it is officially there, but there is nothing inside it.

See our article examining seven myths about Russia's role in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Europe
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Ukrainian disintegration, security threat, West, Corruption, Volodymyr Zelensky
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The destabilisation of Kazakhstan from abroad tries to create obstacles to its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union headed by Russia, as well as China’s new Silk Road. Such destabilisation would hit Eurasia in its core, with geopolitical reverberations in Russia, China and all Central Asia, where the embers of the US debacle in Afghanistan persist.


This is part of a wider disinformation campaign to justify the Russian-led intervention of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in Kazakhstan.

There is no evidence to support claims about any US or foreign intervention behind the unrest in Kazakhstan, and even less evidence that the actual target would be any Russian or Chinese project. Instead, growing evidence points to an ongoing power struggle in the country as a driving cause in the radicalisation and expansion of the protests, which started peacefully after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), in an already volatile context in the country.

Disinfo: The West ordered terrorist attack in Kazakhstan to create hotbed at Russia’s border

Western regimes do not really care about Kazakhstan. One gets the impression that Western clients are not particularly worried about the result of the terrorist attack in Kazakhstan. If it manages to demolish Tokayev's government, it would be great. A new hotbed of brutal nationalism, militarism and poverty will appear in the underbelly of Russia, and soon an American military base will certainly be deployed there.

Not succeeding to undermine Tokayev's government is also not bad [for the West]. The peacekeeping mission of the CSTO countries will make it possible to stir hysteria about "Russian expansion". And in this case, [the West] can pump even more weapons in Ukraine.


A new disinformation claim around the crisis in Kazakhstan. The claim build on a conspiracy logic and is provided with no evidence. The general idea that any civil unrest in an ex-Soviet Union country is a result of a Western plan to destabilise a local regime and colonise a new region is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "colour revolutions".

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West. The disinformation narrative has been applied, among others, to reports about protests in Georgia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belarus, Venezuela, Slovakia, Hong Kong, with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

Disinfo: Lithuania has nothing to boast about compared to Soviet times

During the Soviet times, Lithuania was a “showcase of communism” and one of the most comfortable countries for the living. Now, when it joined the EU, Lithuania has nothing to boast about.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and "decaying" Baltic States.

In this case it aims to portray the alleged weakness of Lithuanian economy compared to the other countries of the EU and even compared to its own Soviet times economy.