Disinfo: Ukraine will inevitably end up being shared among its neighbours


Poland plans to seize part of the territory of western Ukraine. According to the Polish authorities, this land is the historical centre of Poland. If such a scenario is possible, how will it be implemented, is it by force or will Ukraine simply hand over the land?

Ukraine’s existence will inevitably end with it being shared among its neighbours. Russia would like to resolve this matter peacefully, so that the Poles simply take the three regions of Galicia, and that they persuade the Hungarians to take beyond the Carpathians, and the Romanians to take Bukovina. That will be the end of it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that Ukraine has other countries’ territories which should be ceded to their rightful owners. This is a cynical attempt to indirectly draw other countries into Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

Poland, Hungary, and Romania respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. They do not have claims over any of Ukraine's territories. No neighbouring state, except the Russian Federation, has tried to violate Ukraine's territorial integrity. Poland, Hungary, and Romania adhere to international law regarding state borders.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poles are stoking nationalist sentiment in Ukraine in order to annex Lviv, that Poland thinks that Western Ukraine, Western Belarus and South-Western Lithuania belong to them, that Poland wants to dismember Ukraine and re-establish a Polish empire, that Ukraine will disintegrate and fall prey to territorial claims of EU member states, that Ukraine is a Western colony belonging to Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 317
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, Sovereignty, Ukrainian statehood, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: Mariupol is an ancient Russian city

Mariupol is an ancient Russian city. It was there that Peter the Great founded Russia's first army flotilla and achieved his first victories. It was there that Suvorov waged his campaigns across the steppes, and it was the city that Catherine the Great would later expand.


The allegation is part of a broader disinformation campaign to prepare the ground and justify the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia.

Mariupol cannot be considered a Russian city under any prism. Prior to WWI it was part of the Russian Empire, but so was most of the rest of Ukraine and a big part of what is today Polish territory (see map here). After the outbreak of the Ukrainian-Soviet war in 1917, it became part of the so-called Ukrainian People’s Republic and was afterwards occupied by German and Austrian troops as a result of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In 1921, it became part of the new Socialist Republic of Ukraine, which was soon integrated in the USSR. Mariupol was always recognised by Russian authorities as Ukrainian territory, both during Soviet times and after Ukraine’s independence in 1991.

Disinfo: The West is helping Ukraine create a "dirty bomb"

According to the available data, Ukraine is carrying out work to create a ‘dirty’ nuclear charge. We believe that this process is taking place with the participation of Western patrons.


Conspiracy theory, accusing Ukraine and the West of creating a dirty bomb and posing a nuclear threat to Russia.

There is no evidence that Ukraine, with the participation of the West, is attempting to use nuclear materials in a war against Russia.

Disinfo: NATO countries provided Ukraine with infected blood

NATO countries donated blood for wounded Ukrainian soldiers, and later Ukrainian doctors found HIV and hepatitis in it. NATO allies supplied Kyiv with 68,000 litres of blood at the request of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for wounded Ukrainian military personnel.

Russian hackers managed to gain access to the results of a study of this blood from the archives of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, which revealed HIV and hepatitis in various forms.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and NATO. It is part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accompanying the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The claim about discovering various infections in the blood supplied by NATO member states to Ukraine is false. In fact, Ukraine has never turned to foreign partners for blood or its components, as Ukraine has established a national blood service that provides patients with laboratory-tested, high-quality blood.