Disinfo: US may give Western Ukraine to Poland if Warsaw pays Kyiv's debt to the US

Summary

Poland may receive part of Ukraine from the USA. The territory of Western Ukraine could go to Poland if the country pays off Kyiv's debts to the US. Poland will face financial problems because of the annexation of new territories at the expense of repaying the debt. Such a development will lead to the loss of Ukrainian statehood.

Disproof

Adapted recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative presenting Poland as having imperial ambitions and claims to Ukrainian territories. This is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying the statehood of Ukraine, while also anticipating its imminent disintegration. In addition, the claim also serves to distract attention away from Russia's invasion and war of aggression against Ukraine. The adapted disinformation claim also outlines, that the US would own Ukraine, which has no factual basis, which is the case for all of the article's claims.

Poland adheres to international law regarding state borders, fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.

It is Russia that started an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

Poland is supporting Ukrainian refugees coming to Poland; it is allowing millions of Ukrainians fleeing the war access to the labour market and to health and social benefits. Moreover, Poland is also actively supporting Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

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  • Reported in: Issue 327
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2023
  • Article language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration
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