DISINFO: Washington uses the topic of fighting corruption as an instrument to control Ukraine
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: russian.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 12, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Ukraine
Tags:
Ukraine Abandoned Ukraine US presence in Europe Ukrainian statehood War in Ukraine

DISINFO: Washington uses the topic of fighting corruption as an instrument to control Ukraine

SUMMARY

The United States is helping Ukraine, which is at war with its people. Residents of Donbas do not want to live under the rule of Kyiv, they do not agree with the results of the coup, so they tried to defend constitutional order in the country. The fact that the United States is allocating funds to Ukraine demonstrates the fact of intervention in this conflict, as well as support for actions that violate the law and international law. Such assistance will be used by the Kyiv authorities in armed actions against the residents of Donbas. At the same time, Washington uses the topic of fighting corruption as a lever to pressure the Ukrainian authorities. Corruption is a very convenient reason that the United States uses in a controlled country if it needs to be put under pressure. Undoubtedly, the level of corruption in today’s Ukraine is outrageous. But in this case, Washington uses this pretext to put its people in key positions, strengthen its influence on the Ukrainian government from the outside and blur the notion of state sovereignty.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the war in Ukraine as something that was artificially orchestrated by the US as well as a recurring disinformation narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a Western-driven civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. US aid to Ukraine is designed to help Ukraine fight corruption, not control the country. In the similar manner, the EU also provides continuous financial support for Ukraine, with strong conditionality on continued progress of reforms. Read more here. See previous disinformation claims alleging that Ukraine has become a neocolony of the West; US interests prevent Ukraine from ending the war in Donbas; the US is eager to get Crimea.

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