Disinfo: Ukraine will soon be in the position of the USSR before the collapse


In autumn, local elections will be held in Ukraine, after which the country may be in the position of the USSR before the collapse. In Ukraine, large industrial enterprises that were the centres of several regions, have been destroyed. At the same time, many political parties have emerged fighting for power and resources. As a result, the regions have fewer and fewer reasons to interact with each other and are dissatisfied with Kyiv.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine's disintegration and imminent collapse. There is no evidence that Ukrainian regions want to split.

Ukraine is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements and were de facto violated by Russia.

According to the World Bank, economic growth in Ukraine was solid at 3.2% in 2019, led by a good agricultural harvest and sectors dependent on domestic consumption.

Disinformation about Ukraine's collapse is a popular pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Similar cases can be read here, here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood


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