Disinfo: Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington shows that Ukraine will be a neo-colony of the US


The visit of Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Washington can be interpreted as Ukraine’s first step to becoming a neo-colony of the US. Zelenskyy’s request to obtain more US money has a complex geopolitical background, as it is some sort of bartering: money in exchange for autonomy. None of the money that Biden authorised are for free.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine’s alleged lack of sovereignty, aiming to undermine its statehood. Since 2014 pro-Kremlin media outlets have often claimed that Ukraine either did not exist as an independent state or was going to disintegrate very soon.

The unfounded claims that Ukraine is not a real country, or that Russia and Ukraine are "one nation" is one of the oldest and most deeply ingrained myths that has been used by the Kremlin to justify its aggression against Ukraine. Read more here and here.

Zelenskyy's visit to the US, the first foreign visit since the full-scale Russian invasion is a a significant sign of transatlantic support for Ukraine. The US and other NATO members are sending weapons to Ukraine, to support its right of self-defense, that is enshrined in the UN Charter.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that Ukraine lost its independence and is under external control, that the West has made Ukraine its colony and is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder, that the West is destroying Ukrainian statehood and its military forces, that Western lobby demanded Zelenskyy to raise the stakes of the crisis, or that dependency on the US has devastated Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 324
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/01/2023
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Sovereignty, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine
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