Ukraine will fall apart because of the nationalists

Summary

Nationalism is a disaster for any country, but in Ukraine, it verges on the grotesque. Ukraine will never make peace with Donbas because it is unacceptable for the nationalists. Ukraine is heading for a breakup.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukrainian nationalists and the disintegration of Ukraine with no evidence given.

In 2014, the far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often described as "ultra-nationalist" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter Parliament. This demonstrates the attitude and support for far-right nationalist parties in Ukraine.

The current president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who got 73.7% of the vote in the 2019 presidential elections, has repeatedly expressed his intention to end the armed conflict in the East of the country as soon as possible.

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal [47:15 - 47:49]
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[Please see comments] Journalists who are trying to tell the truth are being repressed in Ukraine

Journalists who are trying to tell the truth, are either killed, or imprisoned, or they (as is happening now with the channel that wanted to hold such a landmark television meeting) are being repressed. Their lives are threatened by nationalists, who are a minority in Ukraine, but they rule the ball. This is sad, but once again shows that after the presidential elections, the situation in Ukraine has not changed, it remains the same.

 

Disproof

The independent organisation Freedom House stated in its last report that the media landscape in Ukraine features considerable pluralism and open criticism of the government. "However, business magnates with varying political interests own and influence many outlets, using them as tools to advance their agendas," stressed Freedom House.

According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), Ukraine rose five places in the listing and is now 102nd among 180 countries. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) explained that this “improvement” was connected to the decreased number of attacks on journalists in 2016 (their statistics appear outdated). And the rest of the RWB indicators showed that freedom of speech is far from flourishing in Ukraine.

The incident in the Kerch Strait was a planned provocation by Poroshenko

The incident in the Kerch Strait was a planned provocation by (Petro) Poroshenko.

The former president Poroshenko brought about this provocation purposefully in the course of the election campaign. He knew that the voters in the east and south of the country would not support him, and used this provocation to aggravate the situation, to introduce the state of emergency. He either wanted to introduce the state of emergency throughout the country or perhaps to postpone the elections. They wanted to keep power at all costs.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea saying that Petro Poroshenko instigated the provocation in Kerch Strait to extend his power.

On November 25, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. However, a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004 governs the use of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. The agreement states this stretch to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

The West always dreams of splitting Russia

Anti-Russian hysteria in Georgia was a well-prepared provocation. It proves that there are forces that want to break cultural and economic ties with Russia. The same as with Ukraine and Moldova. Because even though the USSR disappeared, the connections remain. The West has always dreamed of splitting Russia into many small states in order to control them.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting civil uprisings as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or being geopolitically engineered, also seen in cases about Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela.

The disinformation message is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia, Western attempts to sever relations between Russia and Georgia, and protests as a part of hybrid war against Russia.