Disinfo: Western curators deprive Ukraine of its industrial potential


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.


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.


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, Ukrainian statehood


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