Disinfo: War with Russia is the only reason for the existence of the Ukrainian state

Summary

The war with the Muscovites is the only goal and raison d’être of the Ukrainian state. The army exists to kill Muscovites. Education exists to explain to children why they should want to kill Muscovites. Medicine exists in order to preserve the ability of citizens to kill Muscovites.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and the war in Ukraine, also claiming that it is a Russophobic state.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Its policy is not oriented against Russia, it is not an anti-Russian state. The relations between the countries had been friendly since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The two countries had strong political, economic, and cultural cooperation. Their relations were regulated by the Treaty of Friendship.

In 2014, the relations between the countries worsened due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. However, Ukraine has not forbidden contacts between citizens of Ukraine and Russia, as well as sports, cultural, scientific, or other exchange. Ukraine and Russia have diplomatic and consular relations. The borders between the countries remain open. Although relations have worsened, the countries continue to trade.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is an anti-Russian, Russophobic state in our database: for the US and Europe, Ukraine is just a training ground against Russia, Ukraine no longer hides preparations for war against Russia and Donbas, Ukraine is a successful Western project against Russia, "partnership" between Ukraine and Western countries only aims to create an anti-Russian foothold.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Ukrainian statehood, War in Ukraine
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Minsk will punish Lithuania economically for its support to the Belarusian opposition

Belarus will reroute cargo from Lithuanian ports to Russia. It needs to be done due to the behaviour of Lithuania in the context of the presidential elections in Belarus. Vilnius began to support ex-candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya when officially Alexander Lukashenko won the elections. The Belarusian authorities stated that Lithuania, Poland and other Western countries openly support the Belarusian opposition and want to provoke protests in Belarus. The European Union announced sanctions on Minsk too.

The EU should not use sanctions to scare Belarus because Minsk is ready to answer. I.e., cargo transportation from Belarus forming 30 per cent of the budget of Lithuania.

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The economy of Lithuania will be seriously damaged without Belarusian transit.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and alleged Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. This article also includes a fake statement about the dependence of the Lithuanian economy on Belarus.

According to the European Union, the 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair. The protests in Belarus started after the election day as the reaction of society to potential falsification of results. The European Union also does not recognise Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus. The EU sanctions were not just announced but already implemented.

Ukraine can soon collapse and lose East and South of the country granted by Lenin in 1918

Odesa is historically Novorossia. Kharkiv and Donbas are the territories of the Donetsk-Kryvyi Rih Republic, which grandfather Lenin attached to Ukraine in 1918. These seams, which were used to patch Ukraine together into a “Great Ukraine,” can both sew together and tear apart. Therefore, they are natural dividing lines.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's imminent collapse designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, confirmed by the resolutions of the United Nations, but violated by Russia.

Ukraine has no other option besides Sputnik V

The West is not interested in assisting Ukraine in its fight against COVID-19. Therefore Ukraine has no option other than using Sputnik V for its vaccination campaign.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on coronavirus aiming to promote the Sputnik V vaccine and present Russia as a 'leader in COVID-19 management' while portraying the West as unwilling to help Ukraine.

This is a manipulative and misleading narrative suggesting that Ukraine has no other choice but to buy the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The Ukrainian government has no intentions of acquiring it.