Disinfo: Ukraine lost most of its sovereignty and slid into civil war

Summary

All countries in the world can be divided into three groups. One is West, which attempts to impose its culture and values on the rest of the world. Countries in the second group try to resist the imposition of Western norms and to preserve their identity. Third group countries are not able to resist the pressure of Western culture and eventually undergo deformation and decay. Ukraine definitely belongs to the third group of countries. It has lost most of its sovereignty, all spheres of the state and society have degraded, and the country have slid into civil war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukrainian statehood, the war in Ukraine, harmful Western values and West's moral decay. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by the Western countries but were violated by Russia in 2014. The concept of "civil war" in Ukraine is a classic narrative of Russian disinformation about the war in Ukraine. Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the east of the country. In January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that Kyiv filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with the aim of bringing Russia to responsibility for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination, which are the result of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit contains all the facts of Russian aggression against Ukraine, evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of Donbas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Western values, West, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood, Conspiracy theory, War in Ukraine
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