Disinfo: Ukraine may lose several regions

Summary

Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhya can leave Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in fact, does not rule the country, and “certain forces” are capable of undermining statehood. All of this can lead to radical changes.

Disproof

No evidence is given. This is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Ukrainian disintegration. It is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state.

According to a survey that was conducted In December 2019 by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the vast majority of Ukrainians (75%) considers themselves primarily as citizens of Ukraine. Moreover, nationwide identification prevails in all regions of Ukraine: Southern (84%), Central (78%), Western (76%) and Eastern (66%). Nationwide identification increased significantly after 2013 (December 2013 - 54%, December 2014 - 73%).

Another study by the European organisation SeeD, which examined Ukrainian society as part of the SCORE project (Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index - Index of Social Cohesion and Reconciliation), showed that polarisation between Ukrainians has been smoothed out.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
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German politicians no longer require Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine

Unlike in previous years, Germany does not demand the return of Crimea to Ukraine.

“We honour the memory of the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944. It is sad that after 76 years they can’t live in freedom and self-determination in their homeland,” reported a message from the Embassy of Germany in Kyiv.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea.

The statement from the German embassy has been distorted through partial reporting. It goes on to say, "Since the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in violation of international law, the situation of the Crimean Tatars has deteriorated dramatically."

US trains ISIS in Syria

The US military based in Syria is actively cooperating with ISIS. The American intelligence services created the Islamic State, taking into account the practice of working with the terrorist organisation of the Taliban. The support of the militants was necessary for the United States in order to draw the USSR into the Afghan war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US is supporting or working together with ISIS in the Middle East. This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has created and supports many jihadi terrorist organisations and controls global terrorism.

In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda. Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and its allies have been engaged in military and intelligence efforts to counter Al QaedaISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world.

Ukraine does not want Donbas

Ukraine is increasingly losing its chance to return Donbas, and the so-called “Plan B” implies the actual construction of a wall with the republics, which will draw the final line under the final break-up.

Ukraine doesn’t need Donbas, therefore these cries that “we want to return Crimea and Donbas” are not true, they do not want to return them.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

During the “Normandy Four” summit in Paris on 9 December 2019, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that achieving peace in Donbas is the strategic priority of the Ukrainian government. In the communique that was signed by Ukraine, Germany, France, and the Russian Federation, the next security steps have been agreed, such as the “full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire”, “exchange of detainees […] based on the principle all for all”, establishing “three additional disengagement areas”, establishing “new crossing points along the line of contact” and “the development and implementation of an updated de-mining plan”.