Disinfo: Ukrainian government lost independence, it must obey orders from Washington and Brussels


It’s time for Ukraine to understand that the country has been under external control. The Ukrainian government does not have an independent policy but must obey the “orders” from Washington and Brussels. Ukrainian officials have regular consultations with European and American partners on various political and economic issues.


Conspiracy with no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, which is often claimed to be under external control from the US, NATO, the EU, or IMF.

Ukraine is an independent, sovereign state, it does not receive orders from any foreign government.

The EU has stated, on many occasions, that Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. It supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens and is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Association Agreement (AA), including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) signed in 2014, is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values.

The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. Since then, Washington has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the democratic development of the country and helping Ukraine to withstand Russian aggression. U.S. policy has since been centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that according to a US plan, Ukraine must become an agraran state with widespread poverty, that the West deprived Ukraine and Baltic states of their sovereignty, that US destroys Ukrainian identity, or that IMF destroys Ukrainian economy and brings Ukraine under external control.


  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Ukraine, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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