In February this year, the EU and Ukraine reconfirmed their readiness to continue cooperation under the Association Agreement, in particular with regard to Ukraine’s economic and political integration. Also, the parties discussed several amendments to the provisions of the association agreement, which was an opportunity for a new disinformation campaign launched by the Russian press against Ukraine and the EU. "A catastrophe that’s been lasting for five years now, in every sphere of life", "a wrong foreign policy choice made by Ukraine" – are some of the reactions in the Russian press. Elements of typical narratives are present, such as: "fake state", "coup d'etat", "Russophobia", "poverty", etc.
NEWS: “[…] Experts describe the results of the Agreement, whose economic provisions came into force five years ago, in 2016, as a genuine “catastrophe” in every sphere of life […] The Association Agreement was signed by Kiev in 2014 after a coup that was provoked by Western countries over President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign the document on unfavorable terms for Ukraine […]
"Visa-free travel has turned into a colossal depopulation and people migrating to neighboring countries - Poland or Germany. In fact, Ukraine has been depopulated, and this couldn’t possibly be regarded as a positive consequence of the agreement", Larisa Shesler, head of the Union of Political Emigrants and Political Prisoners in Ukraine, said.
Ukraine has also assumed additional obligations in the humanitarian sector, which, however, it will not fulfil. "For example, the country has adopted a completely undemocratic, non-European law, which bans communication at work and education in any language other than Ukrainian. This decision is a case of overt discrimination against those who speak other languages in Ukraine and also a direct violation of human rights. The European Parliament drew Kiev's attention to this situation in its latest resolution, questioning Ukraine's plans for EU accession in the near future”, the interlocutor said. […]
"The economic situation is deplorable: last year alone, the GDP per capita fell by 30%. This is another consequence of the fact that Ukraine has moved away from the eastern market, has suddenly worsened its relations with Russia and, at the same time, has gained nothing in the West," Shesler said[…]"