Disinfo: Ukraine is the world's main hot bed of neo-Nazism


The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a draft Russian resolution on “combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance."

The United States and Ukraine, the world's main hotbed of neo-Nazism, as has been the case for years, voted against. So did 51 other countries (including Italy and Washington's other European vassals), 15 abstained, and 106 states supported the Russian draft resolution expected to reach the General Assembly plenary in December.

The political significance of the opposition is clear: the US and NATO countries are boycotting the resolution that, albeit not openly, calls out Ukraine, where neo-Nazi battalions like Azov are an integral part of the proxy war waged by NATO and the US against Russia.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is a Nazi state, supported by the US, in the context of Russia's ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine.

The disinformation claim of "Nazi Ukraine" has been used as a pretext for Russia's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine.

This resolution mentioned in the disinformation claim has been used by the Russian Federation to accuse various European states of Nazism , and Ukraine more specifically.

The representative of the Czech Republic, speaking on behalf of the European Union as well as EU candidate country Ukraine, emphasized that the Russian Federation has used the false narrative of denazification to justify its breach of the United Nations Charter and its violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent State.

Similar positions, including concerns about the context in which the resolution is being presented, have been expressed by several EU member states, as well as other UN members.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. This myth has been already widely addressed on EUvsDisinfo. See also our analysis titled "Why does Putin portray himself as the tamer of neo-Nazism".


  • Reported in: Issue 319
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist, Azov Battalion, War in Ukraine, Russophobia, Coup, NATO
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Disinfo: Ukraine will inevitably end up being shared among its neighbours

Poland plans to seize part of the territory of western Ukraine. According to the Polish authorities, this land is the historical centre of Poland. If such a scenario is possible, how will it be implemented, is it by force or will Ukraine simply hand over the land?

Ukraine’s existence will inevitably end with it being shared among its neighbours. Russia would like to resolve this matter peacefully, so that the Poles simply take the three regions of Galicia, and that they persuade the Hungarians to take beyond the Carpathians, and the Romanians to take Bukovina. That will be the end of it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that Ukraine has other countries’ territories which should be ceded to their rightful owners. This is a cynical attempt to indirectly draw other countries into Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

Disinfo: Moldovan export fundamentally dependent on Russia

The situation in Moldova is radically different from that in Romania and Ukraine. Exports are fundamentally dependent on Russia.


Recurring the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Moldova will not survive without a good relationship with Russia. The argument given is that Moldova exports a large part of its production to Russia and the loss of markets would be catastrophic for the economy.

In fact, this statement no longer corresponds to the truth. Moldova's exports to the Russian market have been constantly decreasing over the last 5 years, as shown by data from the Ministry of Economy of Moldova. Currently, of the total exported goods, Moldova sent to European countries 61.6% of the volume, while to Russia only 5.1%.

Disinfo: Mariupol is an ancient Russian city

Mariupol is an ancient Russian city. It was there that Peter the Great founded Russia's first army flotilla and achieved his first victories. It was there that Suvorov waged his campaigns across the steppes, and it was the city that Catherine the Great would later expand.


The allegation is part of a broader disinformation campaign to prepare the ground and justify the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia.

Mariupol cannot be considered a Russian city under any prism. Prior to WWI it was part of the Russian Empire, but so was most of the rest of Ukraine and a big part of what is today Polish territory (see map here). After the outbreak of the Ukrainian-Soviet war in 1917, it became part of the so-called Ukrainian People’s Republic and was afterwards occupied by German and Austrian troops as a result of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In 1921, it became part of the new Socialist Republic of Ukraine, which was soon integrated in the USSR. Mariupol was always recognised by Russian authorities as Ukrainian territory, both during Soviet times and after Ukraine’s independence in 1991.