Disinfo: Ukrainian oligarchs will divide Ukraine into principalities


Ukrainian oligarchs are likely to attempt to divide Ukraine into principalities where they will enjoy absolute power.


This is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's imminent disintegration and corruption. Despite the advantaged positions that some oligarchs enjoy in Ukraine, there is no grounding to support the claim that the country will disintegrate into "oligarchic principalities", as alleged in the case above.

For example, refer to our past news analysis, Ukraine Under Information Fire, to see other Ukraine-related disinformation narratives and messages.


  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Oligarchs, Ukrainian disintegration, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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With Zelenskiy as president, governance by terrorism will continue in Ukraine

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A clash of civilizations prompted a domestic military conflict in Ukraine

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war or 'domestic military conflict' as the disinformation message alleges.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.  This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.