WAR PROPAGANDA: 95% of Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, says the Luhansk separatist leader Marat Bashirov.

Ukrainian volunteers stand guard at a checkpoint in a village west of Kyiv, Ukraine, 31 March 2022.
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Most Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, which has been forced to launch a special operation and is the victim of Ukraine’s aggression, says the Luhansk separatist leader. These false narratives are amplified by the Russian media.

NEWS: “There are only a few people left in Ukraine who still believe in the so-called Russian aggression”, the political scientist and former president of the Council of Ministers of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Marat Bashirov said. According to him, the denazification operation will lead to a decrease in the number of nationalists in the country.

Bashirov explained how many people in Ukraine really support the aggression against the Russian Federation.

“In Ukraine there are about 5% convinced nationalists. The rest are simply waiting and praying quietly for the Russians to come and liberate them, to put end to this history of the destruction of their conscience and memory”, Bashirov said.

NARRATIVES: 1. 95% of Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia. 2. Russia has been / is being aggressed by Ukraine. 3. Russia was forced to launch a “special operation” aimed at “denazifying” Ukraine.

WHY THE NARRATIVES ARE FALSE: The fierce resistance of the Ukrainian army, the numerous documented cases in the media in which the civilian population, instead of enthusiastically welcoming them, are protesting against the Russian occupation forces, civilians’ mobilization to support the war effort shows that in fact, most Ukrainians do not want the Russians to be in their country and perceive the invasion as it really is: an aggression and an unprovoked attack. 95% of the population is not praying and waiting to be liberated by Russia, on the contrary, the invasion has strengthened the Ukrainian civic identity. According to a sociological study conducted by “Rating”, 9 out 10 Ukrainians believe in their country’s victory over Russia.  Veridica has shown in an analysis that to 98% of Ukrainians, Russia is the enemy of their state, just like Belarus (84%). People who did not believe that Russia would attack have changed their mind.

War propaganda reverses the roles of the victim and the aggressor. Ever since 2014, Russia has been invading Ukraine, annexing Crimea and militarily supporting the formation of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. In 2022, Moscow recognized the independence of the two separatist republics, and shortly after launched a second, this time, large-scale invasion of Ukraine. It is the Russian troops that have been bombarding Ukrainian cities, killing thousands of civilians and causing massive damage, destroying numerous infrastructure targets, schools, medical centers, apartment buildings, and yet it is portrayed as a victim of Ukrainian “aggression.”

War propaganda reverses the roles of the victim and the aggressor. Russia has invaded Ukraine since 2014, annexing Crimea and militarily supporting the formation of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. In 2022, Moscow also recognized the independence of the two separatist republics, and shortly thereafter launched a second, this time, large-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Russian army is the one that’s been bombing Ukrainian cities, killing thousands of civilians and causing massive damage, including numerous infrastructure targets, schools, medical centers, apartment buildings, and yet it is portrayed as a victim of Ukrainian “aggression.”

The narrative about the nationalists and the Nazis in Ukraine was used by the Russian propaganda as a pretext for the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. In June 2021, the Russian press started writing that Ukraine had become a Nazi state  with the direct help of the West, and a threat to Russia’s security. In reality, as Veridica has also shown, the far right in Ukraine is barely supported by any part of the population and didn’t even manage to get a seat in parliament at the latest parliamentary elections.

  • Publication / Media:
    SM.NEWS
  • Date of publication:
    28/03/2022
  • Target audience:
    Russian speakers in Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Republics
  • Key narrative:
    95% of Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, says the Luhansk separatist leader Marat Bashirov.

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