Disinfo: Western curators deprive Ukraine of its industrial potential

Summary

The politician noted the current critical situation with the [airplane] An-124 and the deplorable state of affairs at the [Ukrainian] state-owned enterprise Antonov, which demonstrates the depth of the problems in the entire Ukrainian engineering industry. At the same time, the source pointed out that one of the EU’s resolutions actually “destroyed any engineering [industry] in Ukraine.” In this context, the politician pointed to the purposefulness of the actions of foreign curators of the Ukrainian government, who deprive Ukrainians of the former industrial potential of their homeland.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood.

There is no evidence that the EU, nor any other foreign partner of Ukraine, is trying to destroy the industrial sector of Ukraine. Ukraine is constantly developing its trade and cooperation in numerous fields and supplies a range of industrial products on the world market.

Ukrainian industrial output declined in 2014 due to Russian occupation in Crimea and war in Donbas but began to resume in subsequent years.

The case also claims that the West destroyed the Ukrainian aircraft construction sector, specifically state enterprise "Antonov". But the claim does not correspond to the facts. During the pandemic, many Western countries and NATO use Antonov's airplanes to transport medical and other goods. Antonov airlines are a part of the strategic NATO program SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution).

In 2019, Antonov concluded an agreement with the National Police of Peru on the construction of five cargo planes. The first plane - AN-178 - was finished in September 2019. Ukraine and Turkey are considering the construction of the second AN-225.

Antonov plans to resume the construction of AN-124 in the future, however, at the moment, the company focuses on the construction of airplanes from other classes, which, according to the company's president, is more efficient.

See similar disinformation narratives alleging that Ukraine will split after the local elections, that the coup in 2013-2014 is the root cause of the war and other problems in Ukraine, that Euromaidan and pro-European politics led to the collapse of Ukraine, that the West controls Ukrainian economy and pumps out its resources, or that the EU Association Agreement made Ukraine a colony of the European Union.

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  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, Ukrainian statehood
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Colour revolution in Belarus failed

The Belarusian opposition is so unlucky that it has every chance of losing even in the “Loser of the Year” nomination. The circumstances beyond its control and its own leaders play against the opposition. The latter issue such enchanting initiatives that it is generally unclear how to rake them up without heavy reputation and image losses. It is not surprising that the protests in Belarus are steadily moving towards their increasingly inevitable failure. And by doing so, the republic will hammer its nail into the coffin of the worldwide myth of the colour revolution.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed 'colour revolutions', part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad. No evidence is provided to support the allegations. On the contrary, for the 10th weekend in a row, tens of thousands of protesters opposing long-time President Alexander Lukashenko marched through the capital despite threats of force from authorities to open fire. Contrary to the claim about colour revolutions, protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a large part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarus elections neither free nor fair and on 2 October 2020, the Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actors, opposition politicians, and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement. See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in Belarus, such as claims that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries that criticise them in Minsk; that the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks in Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Russians are one single nation.

Turkey, UK and Ukraine are preparing a plot against Russia

In such an “alliance” Ukraine can only be assigned the role of a forward base for Britain’s anti-Russian actions, primarily in the Black Sea region. And by some strange “coincidence”, the British have sharply intensified their large-scale special operations against Russia, such as the “poisoning of Navalny”, whose British “roots” are indicated by too many facts, which cannot be ignored. The events in Belarus are also very likely organised by [MI-6]. There is a reason to believe that Tskikhanouskaya was recruited by MI-6 a long time ago. Most likely Turkey will play the role of a main “strike force” and Ukraine will have to provide conditions for its actions.

Disproof

Conspiracy with no evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine and the West liaise over anti-Russian policy mixed with narratives about foreign interference into the political situation in Belarus and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. There is no evidence that Turkey, UK, and Ukraine are preparing any anti-Russian actions in the Black sea region or elsewhere. They are sovereign states that are free to decide their foreign policy and conclude treaties. In recent weeks, Ukraine has signed inter-state agreements with the UK and Turkey in a range of fields that must improve bilateral relations. They are not directed against Russia. There is no evidence that the UK poisoned Alexey Navalny or staged a "colour revolution" in Belarus. See other examples in our database, such as claims that Ukraine is being prepared for a full-scale war with Russia, that Berlin sets a course of containment towards Russia, that events in Kyrgyzstan are a test before a colour revolution in Russia or that Euro-Atlantic powers want to use Navalny's case to foil Nord Stream 2.

The West turns Ukraine into a staging ground for an attack on Russia

Already at least two countries that are members of NATO have declared their readiness to deploy their military bases on the territory of Ukraine. The main task is to get as close to Russia as possible.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and encircled Russia. There is no evidence that Ukraine will be used by any NATO country as a ground against Russia. So far, no country has expressed its willingness to deploy a military base in Ukraine. Speculations over this started after joint Ukraine-UK military exercises this year. At the moment, Ukraine and the UK are planning to cooperate in the development of the Ukrainian sea fleet. The UK also expressed its willingness to help in the modernisation of Ukrainian naval infrastructure. Also, the US Armed Forces provide assistance in improving naval infrastructure in Mykolaiv oblast. In general, deploying foreign bases on Ukrainian territory is prohibited by the Consitution of Ukraine. However, they may be deployed on a basis of a bilateral treaty. NATO, its member countries, and Ukraine conduct regular military exercises and implement a range of non-military projects aimed at increasing operability of the armed forces and effectiveness of the civilian authorities. All military exercises on the territory of Ukraine are regulated by a law. See similar disinformation cases like claims that Ukraine is under obvious external control, that Ukraine is stirring up revolutions in Belarus and Russia under the control of Rand corporation, that NATO troops' presence in Ukraine is illegal, that Ukraine has lost its economic and military independence, or that Ukraine is being prepared for a full-scale war with Russia.