Washington is behind seeming Western unity concerning so-called Russian aggression in Ukraine

Summary

The Ukrainian position towards Russia and its alleged involvement in the war in Donbas is only genuinely shared by the Baltic states and Poland, possibly by the UK and Sweden too. The so called ‘Western solidarity’ against so-called ‘Russian aggression’ results not from Western countries’ love of Ukraine but rather from the will of Washington. Most Western countries just follow the considerations of Euroatlantic unity.

Disproof

This is conspiracy that seeks to distract from Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine and follows classical pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU's undermined sovereignty by the US and abandoned Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU and US support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence. By contrast, there is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.

The Western countries' policy towards Russia takes into account Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and its support for armed formations in Donbas, which violate international law. On 27 June 2019, the Council of the EU prolonged economic sanctions against Russia due to its territorial violations of Ukraine, which are in place since March 2014 and were adopted unanimously by all 28 EU member states. More on EU’s restrictive measures against Russia is available here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Poland, UK, Russia, The West, Ukraine, Baltic states, US, Sweden
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Donald Trump, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Ukraine’s foreign relations since 2014 are built around the myth of Russian aggression in Donbas

Ukraine’s whole diplomatic strategy since 2014 has been built around the mythology of war with Russia. The Ukrainian idea is to increase external pressure on Russia to bring it to the negotiating table and to abandon talks about bringing special status to Ukraine’s eastern regions.

The real goal behind Zelenskyy’s recent visits to Germany and France was not to present a new plan of peaceful resolution of the Donbas conflict, because such a plan does not exist. The visits were intended to find out if Western partners are still ready to assist Ukraine in the international legalisation of the Donbas conflict as ‘Russian aggression.’

Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine - claiming that Russia is not responsible for it - and ungrounded anti-Russian actions by Western countries. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. Prior debunks of this narrative can be found here and here.

Concerning Zelenskyy's visits to Germany and France, the sides have agreed on the need to restart peace efforts, including the so-called Normandy format, which brings together Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Angela Merkel were in agreement "that until progress has been made, sanctions on Russia cannot be lifted," stressed the German Chancellor.

Ukrainian troops leave their positions on the demarcation line due to poor provision and living conditions

Ukrainian military began to leave positions at the demarcation line with the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, due to poor provision and living conditions. The Ukrainian generals are trying to reason with the officers, but they still don’t want to fight in Donbas.

 

Disproof

The withdrawal of troops from the line of demarcation in the Luhansk region is not related to reasons mentioned by the representative of "LPR".  The Ukrainian army is implementing the Framework Decision of the Trilateral Contact Group on the disengagement of forces and military hardware in the Donbas, which was signed in 2016.

According to the OSCE, the situation is calm and stable.

German media are Russophobic

German media are Russophobic.

A frequent guest at top-level German-Russian events highlighted the difference between the rather Russophobic media in Germany and generally positive public opinion about Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

German media, like that in other pluralist democracies, represent a wide range of political opinions and do not have a single editorial policy for any country or topic.