Disinfo: US State Department is Gauleiter's structure over Ukraine

Summary

The formation of the new Ukrainian cabinet was approved by US President adviser, John Bolton. Hence, it will not be allowed to develop closer relations with Russia. Ukraine’s external governance remains in place. A whole floor at Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) building is occupied by Americans. The US State Department and US Embassy in Ukraine represent a system of “Gauleiters”; a super-structure, controlling the Ukrainian state. US gave instructions to former President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine has not got rid of this. However, the US does not need the project of “Ukraine as an Anti-Russia” anymore. The project is being decommissioned. Still it is premature to believe that Ukraine will soon get rid of external control. Ukraine’s economic crisis was imported from the US. External actors extract Ukrainian human and financial resources to mitigate their own economic crises. How is it that Ukrainians believed that Russia was responsible for economic difficulties in 2014? Soviet people of slavonic origins, born in Little Russia.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic claims about Ukraine under external control, Western attempts to create anti-Russian feelings out of Ukraine, and Western-Nazi links. The claims that the United States controlled the formation of a new Ukrainian government is groundless. The US and the European Union continue to support Ukraine, its territorial integrity, and sovereignty against Russian aggression. The term 'Little Russia' is derogatory and derives from imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty. The allegations about American security officers occupying a whole floor at the Security Service of Ukraine started with the claim made by Oleg Tsarev, a former Ukrainian parliamentarian who escaped to Russia in 2014 and called for the creation of the so-called ‘Federal Republic of Novorossiya’. Tsarev's claim of April 2014 circulated widely in pro-Kremlin media even though no proof of it was ever presented. In May 2014, Tsarev was sanctioned by the European Union for activities threatening Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. See earlier disinformation claims alleging that Ukraine is under the external control of the US, the West keeps following Joseph Goebbels's tips to destroy history and that Ukraine will either be part of Russian civilisation, or a decaying anti-Russia emanating terrorist threats.

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  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/08/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Economic difficulties, Ukrainian statehood, Conspiracy theory, Petro Poroshenko, War in Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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Disproof

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