Disinfo: Zelenskyy militarises Ukraine in the interests of Western countries


An all-Ukrainian poll initiated by the president, conducted on election day, included the question “Do you support Ukraine’s right to use the security guarantees defined by the Budapest Memorandum to restore its state sovereignty and territorial integrity?”

A positive answer to the question can legitimise the deepening of military cooperation between Ukraine and the West, the presence of foreign troops, including NATO troops, on its territory, and even the deployment of foreign military bases on a permanent basis.

Ukraine has agreed to the creation of a British military base in the Mykolaiv region.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and its relations with The West.

According to the Ukrainian president's office, on the day of the local elections, 25 October, Ukrainians were asked five questions on various issues. This poll, unlike a referendum, will not have direct legal consequences but will give every citizen an opportunity to comment on issues important to society.

The Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva commented on the question of the "creation of a British military naval base":

"Ukraine needs to create naval bases from scratch. I would like to emphasise that it is not a British naval base that will be located in Ukraine, but a Ukrainian base that will be built with the involvement of British specialists. We say that we need several modern naval bases. We must study the British experience, not repeat their mistakes. We have a different situation, not the same naval capabilities as in the UK, but we have two seas that need to be protected. We need one base on the Black Sea and one on the Azov Sea.”


A memorandum of intent between the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom on cooperation in developing and enhancing the capabilities of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was signed during an official visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Great Britain.

The document was signed on behalf of Ukraine by Defence Minister Andrii Taran. According to him, it is a question of supply of modern samples of military equipment and the newest high-precision armament, adjustment of production of separate types of military production in Ukraine, and also development of Navy bases.


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, West, Military, Budapest memorandum, NATO
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