Disinfo: Ukraine will disintegrate

Summary

Ukraine is an unviable state built on lies and stupidity, it will soon cease to exist and disintegrate.

Disproof

This message is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the disintegration of Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation: not the USA, IMF, NATO, the West nor George Soros.

Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. Its borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were de facto violated by Russia in 2014.

Read a similar case: "Ukraine will eventually split into three parts".

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  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
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Netherlands court manipulated the facts in the MH17 crash hearings

Independent Dutch experts have called the investigation into the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash a monumental failure in the history of the Netherlands. Specialists resent the fact that the investigation relies on data provided by the well-known speculative organisation Bellingcat. They are trying to manipulate the facts in the interests of their sponsors.

Dutch experts also point to a large number of facts indicating that Ukrainian fighters were in the area of ​​the plane crash. According to experts, they could have provoked a crash of a civilian airliner.

Disproof

This recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation consists of several narratives about the allegedly unfair investigation into the MH17 crash, the alleged guilt of the Ukrainian army as well as an attempt to discredit the investigative team Bellingcat.

Bellingcat has been the target of a smear campaign by pro-Kremlin media on previous occasions. They have conducted a journalistic investigation into the downing of MH17 and consistently published about the topic, including an investigation of the chain of command that led to the tragedy.

By not providing water to Crimea, Ukraine shows inhuman behaviour and its hatred towards Crimea

In this way, it is hoped that those Crimean sanction mechanisms that have sealed off the peninsula and its population from the outside world for more than six years could also stop this [desalination] project [in Crimea]. Numerous politicians in Russia have already condemned this position as a sign of inhumane behaviour – not for the first time in the six years. These statements show hatred against the Crimean population […] . The situation is unprecedented by international standards.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

The North Crimean Canal is the only structure through which the Crimea received water from the Dnipro River. After Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula, the Ukrainian leadership stated that the main condition for the renewal of the agreements on the water supply to the Crimea is re-institution of legitimate authorities on the peninsula, which after the annexation of the Crimea are absent. Ukraine decided to close the locks of the North Crimean Canal and stated that it would resume water supply to the peninsula only after the complete de-occupation of Crimea. Under international law, Russia has the duty to provide supplies in those territories.

Ukraine will buy gas directly from Russia again

A cold winter will force Ukraine to buy gas directly from Russia again.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the gas supply negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the Acting Minister of Energy Olha Buslavets, Ukraine entered the 2020 heating season with record fuel reserves. Coal reserves in warehouses are about 3 million tonnes. This is three times more than the previous year (2019). The gas reserves in the PCG are 26 billion cubic metres.