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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Western values, Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood

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Disproof

Misrepresented quote. The claim refers to the Disinformation Review Issue #150, where one can read:

But in the final days leading up to the vote, their findings appear to be anticlimactic: expectations of a massive coordinated influence campaign, targeted hack-and-leak operation, or other dramatic cyberattack have seemingly fallen short. The observed level of disinformation and manipulated online activity has been pretty much, well… normal. And much of it, importantly, now appears to be home-grown – motivated by populist, anti-establishment attitudes that are gaining traction across certain segments of the European electorate, and not coordinated directly by Russia or its immediate proxies (but certainly promoted by them!).

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