Ukraine will either be part of Russian civilization, or a decaying anti-Russia emanating terrorist threats

Summary

Whatever policies Volodymyr Zelenskyy undertakes, Russia needs a serious comprehensive program of returning Ukraine, or Little Russia, into the space of Russian civilization. Otherwise, Ukraine will turn not only into a degrading, decaying country but a real anti-Russia full of Russophobia, a source of constant terrorist threat for both Russia and Belarus.

Disproof

This message presents a classic false dichotomy, as well as speculation without evidence, to misrepresent an issue. The claim is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin messaging about disintegrating Ukraine, claiming that the country is resigned to a bleak future and imminent collapse without Russia's control.

This message also contains typical claims about Ukraine being 'anti-Russian' and Russophobic. The term 'Little Russia' is derogatory and derives from imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty.

The European Union continues to support Ukraine, its territorial integrity, and sovereignty against Russian aggression. For similar cases, see here, here, and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Anti-Russian, Russian superiority, Ukrainian disintegration, Russian world
  • Outlet: Vmeste s Rossiyey
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