Disinfo: Zelenskyy's regime is based on Nazism and hatred towards Russians

Summary

For seven years, all the power of the state propaganda of the Kyiv regime has been working to dehumanise the inhabitants of Donbas and all Russians in general.

The terrorist ideology of the Kyiv regime, which declares millions of people to be "swamp inhabitants", is reinforced every day by the terror of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and punishers against civilians in Donbas.

Under the external control of the Americans and the British, the Kyiv Gauleiter Zelensky will continue to dehumanise the residents of the controlled territory in order to turn them into tributaries of the “new Khazaria” - the transnational corporations and international organisations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Ukrainian politics and society as dominated by Nazi/ Fascist ideology and hatred towards everything Russian. Linking some countries with Nazism is a widespread disinformation tactic used by pro-Kremlin outlets. Read more in our analysis "Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest".

Ukraine is not a Nazi state. The Ukrainian government does not cultivate hatred against the residents of Donbas or Russians. Ukraine continues to stress that Donbas is a part of Ukraine and that the residents of temporally occupied territories are citizens of Ukraine. There is no Russophobia in Ukraine.

Nazi and Communist ideologies were banned by Ukrainian law in 2015. Far-right groups had a very limited presence during the protests and went on to obtain abysmal results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. During the 2019 election cycle, the far-right managed to sustain an even more tremendous failure; the highest-rated nationalist candidate, Ruslan Koshulynskyy, won 1.62% of the vote whereas Svoboda won 2.16% of the national vote, falling far short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Furthermore, the myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been a cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Ukraine is not ruled by the Americans or British. It is an independent, sovereign country. The US and the UK respect Ukrainian sovereign rights. Zelenskyy is not a puppet, but a president elected in national elections in 2019 by the majority of Ukrainian citizens.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is ruled by Nazis and is directed against Russians: neo-Nazis were the cornerstone for the power shift in Ukraine; the far-right coup government in Kyiv emerged from the 2014 Maidan uprising; Ukraine has established an apartheid regime in relation to Russian speakers.

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  • Reported in: Issue 253
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/07/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, War in Ukraine, Russophobia, Anti-Russian, Nazi/Fascist, Volodymyr Zelensky, Donbas, Eastern Ukraine

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Disproof

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claim about German-American relations. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use the disinformation narrative about different countries being under the American thumb - see other examples here.

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