Disinfo: Ukraine is the most corrupted country in the world, helping it is suicide

Summary

Macron pretends to help the peace process, but he sends weapons to Ukraine. The current policy is suicide for France as we send billions to the most corrupted country in the world. Money will never help Ukrainians it only increases the wealth of Oligarchs. Besides sanctions are stupid as Russia is the main raw material supplier in the world. It means only Europe will suffer from sanctions, not Russia.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the EU countries should not help Ukraine, nor get rid of the energy dependency on Russia, nor impose sanctions on Russia after its aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine was far from being the most corrupted state in the world according Transparency international in 2021 (rank 122/180 while Russia is behind at 136/180). Though, this high level of a corruption is a concern for foreign aid and reforms to reduce it are made in the exceptional full scale war situation. The Association Council between the EU and Ukraine stated for instance on 5 September 2022:

"The Association Council welcomed the steps that Ukraine had taken thus far with regard to reforms in the sphere of anti-corruption, fighting against fraud, anti-money laundering and rule of law and urged Ukraine to pursue further efforts in these areas. It stressed the paramount importance of ensuring the independence, effectiveness and sustainability of the anti-corruption institutional framework and avoid politisation of the work of all law enforcement agencies. The Association Council welcomed the major steps taken by Ukraine towards a comprehensive reform of the judiciary in 2021 and the appointment of the new Head of the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, while emphasising the urgent need to complete the selection of the new Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the reform of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU), including a clear and transparent competitive selection process for judges."

The effects of sanctions on the Russian economy are real and long term. For example, the Russian military complex has difficulties procuring high tech components required to produce weapons.

Finally, REPowerEU is not a way to sanction Russian economy but more generally a plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.

Read also related stories: Western sanctions are the cause of inflation, Sanctions don't affect the Russian economy - Yale University is wrong, Western weapons are stolen long before they reach the Ukrainian soldiers, Ukraine became a poor, corrupt, failed state controlled by the West.

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  • Reported in: Issue 307
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/09/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic, , French, English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, EU, Russia, France
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties, Europe, Sanctions, Corruption, Abandoned Ukraine, Energy

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Disinfo: France and Germany plan to introduce Western propaganda in Russia

The governments of Germany and France plan to introduce Western propaganda in Russia, according to a report obtained by the US news agency Bloomberg. “Germany and France want the European Union to drive a wedge between President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people with a propaganda campaign within Russia”, the report says.

Disproof

The claim is a deliberate manipulation of the original Bloomberg article. Although part of this Sputnik story contains accurate reporting on a joint non-paper obtained by Bloomberg and titled “Defending the international order in an age of systemic rivalry: EU-Russia relations”, it includes a crucial distortion in the headline and the initial paragraphs. The original article states: “Germany and France want the European Union to drive a wedge between President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people with a campaign to counter propaganda within Russia”, which is very different from the allegation made by this disinformation story about “a Western propaganda campaign in Russia”. Through this distortion, Sputnik tries to equate Russian disinformation with the efforts to counter it, while promoting other long-term pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western initiatives to destabilise Russia.

Distorting articles in Western media to make them appear as supporting pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives is a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin outlets. See other examples in our database, such as false claims that Financial Times reported that Ukraine threatened Russia with terrorist attacks, that The New York Times reports that Russia is barely affected by sanctions, that Germany doesn’t trust Zelenskyy according to Der Spiegel, that The National Interest explained why the US should side with Russia in Ukraine; or that Foreign Policy explained why Washington needs a “Russian intervention”.

Disinfo: US and NATO keep tensions high around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

The US and NATO keep tensions high around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Hand by hand with the Americans, the Ukrainians ceaselessly attack the critical infrastructures of the plant. If there is a technological catastrophe, responsibility will be of Washington, London and their minions.

Disproof

The allegation is false. By trying to blame Western powers, this disinformation story aims to deflect any Russian responsibility for the dangerous situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

Contrary to what this disinformation story claims, the US and NATO have been actively calling at every point for a reduction of tensions and risks regarding the plant. The US backed UN proposals for a diplomatic solution to this situation such as the creation of a demilitarised area around Zaporizhzhia (which Moscow rejected), while NATO pushed for a IAEA inspection of the plant.

Disinfo: Russia is under US and NATO attack

The US is struggling to keep a hegemony that is decreasing every passing day. As a result, Russia is under US and NATO attack.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about an aggressive West encircling and destabilising Russia, aiming to portray the country as a victim and deflect any responsibility for Moscow’s illicit actions. In fact, Western actions adopted against Russia, such as sanctions or diplomatic measures, are a reaction to these actions including the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, the long-term destabilisation of Ukraine or the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of this peaceful country.

See other examples of similar disinformation messages, such as claims that the West fights Russia through psy-ops like Bucha and the Mariupol maternity hospital, that the US needs war between Russia and Ukraine to weaken Russia, that Moscow called for peaceful coexistence but Russia is depicted as a global threat, or that the West has an anti-Russian plan named “Anaconda ring”.

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