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.

publication/media

  • 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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EU is on the verge of collapse

It is no longer unlikely that countries like Italy or Spain will leave the eurozone (as a result of the selfish European response toward the Coronavirus epidemic). The collapse of the eurozone is the first step towards the collapse of the European Union.

Disproof

Groundless speculation made without evidence.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged disintegration of the European Union as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. See similar disinformation cases that the EU's health and safety policies have failed, that the COVID-19 outbreak means the end of Europe, and that many European states will likely cease to exist due to the pandemic.

It is a lie, that the USSR along with Germany is responsible for the outbreak of the WWII

In the USA and European countries, different statements are made about the role of the USSR in the Victory. Unfortunately, there are attempts to review the results and reasons for the outbreak of war and the role of the USSR in the defeat of fascism in this war. This includes those positions when the USSR, along with Germany, is accused of starting this war. This can be called, nothing other than a lie.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the West of the “falsification and re-writing” of WWII history in order to “minimise the role of the USSR in victory over Nazism” and to “get rid of its share of the blame for the outbreak of WWII”. It is also an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and the condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. Western countries do not question the role of the USSR in the victory over Nazi Germany. The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Read similar examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue such as the Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in Europe, the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish state, the shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history, the USSR is not to blame for the beginning of World War II, the USSR was not an aggressor in World War 2, To assign equal responsibility for the outbreak of WWII to Nazi Germany and the USSR is falsification.

The coronavirus vaccine will reduce the population

The new coronavirus vaccine will be used to reduce the population. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding of up to100 million USD for discovering better ways to identify, isolate and treat cases of new coronavirus infection.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim.It is a pro-Kremlin narrative against billionaire Bill Gates and attacking vaccination programmes. Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, became a frequent target of conspiracy theory followers and is being accused of sponsoring and creating coronavirus, for aspiring to reduce the population and poison it with vaccines. Similar cases about Bill Gates can be found here.