Ukraine is under external control

Summary

No one doubts that Ukraine is under foreign control. The current government has handed over its sovereignty to the West [the EU and the United States]. Now, they decide what reforms we should have, who should be our friends, what are our priorities. At the same time, they do not help us to build a strong, independent state, they use Ukraine in their own interests.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. EU and US are not controlling Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but violated by Russia.

Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. In June 2014, EU and Ukraine signed An Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. Find more about EU - Ukraine relations.

The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on December 25, 1991. U.S. policy is centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

Democratic elections were held in Ukraine in 2014 and recognised by the world community.

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  • Reported in: Issue 141
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: United States, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Economic difficulties, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: @ Nash TV Channel (nash.live)
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Ukraine has already done everything possible to fence Crimea off

Despite the declared policy of the Crimea return, Ukraine has done everything possible to “cut off” the peninsula. The government of Ukraine took all steps to fence off Crimea. Among them are the blockade of electricity, water supplies the complication of bureaucratic procedures to stop moving people there and the delivery of goods to the peninsula from the Kherson region.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

According to the UN resolution of December 19, 2016, Russia was recognised as the Occupying Power, while Crimea was recognised as the temporarily occupied territory.

Measles outbreak in Ukraine is the fault of Acting Minister of Health Ulana Suprun and her reforms

Ukraine became the world leader for measles morbidity rates in 2018, due to the inactivity of the Ministry of Health and its head, Ulana Suprun. Suprun’s lack of professionalism resulted in Ukraine lacking measles vaccines: it was under her leadership that Ukraine’s Ministry of Health faced a shortage of many drugs.

Disproof

This is another case of exacerbating the situation in the Ukrainian health sector, which follows the path of reform. As of February of this year, there have been 1,067,014 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in Ukrainian hospitals. This is a sufficient for providing vaccinations for the whole population. The main reason for the high measles outbreak in Ukraine is not a shortage of vaccines, but parents' refusal to vaccinate their children.

Information about "non-professional reforms" of healthcare in Ukraine is also incorrect. According to the latest assessment of the World Health Organization, Ukraine has achieved significant success on the path to the reorganisation of the health system and has earned the highest marks from the leading medical organisation in the world.

Kyiv promises Donbas filtration camps after punitively clearing the area

After the de-occupation of certain territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Ukrainian nationalists will send all Donbas residents to filtration camps. Kyiv promises the same fate as Nazi Germany for the entire population of the ‘LDNR’ groupings: special “punishers” will clear the territory, after which local residents will be checked into special camps.

Disproof

Claims on "filtration camps" are unfounded; there are no evidence to support the claims. The Government of Ukraine promised amnesty to the residents of Eastern Ukraine who collaborated with the occupation authorities back in 2014, when the Verkhovna Rada adopted the relevant law. The representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass, Rada Vice-Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko, on February 20, 2018, reiterated Ukraine's position on the Donbass after the de-occupation of the Ukrainian territories.

However, the Vice-speaker stressed that the amnesty will not apply to individuals involved in the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing and other war criminals. "Those who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Donbas during the war, should not expect forgiveness”, – Gerashchenko said.