Kyiv politicians want to prolong the war against Russia indefinitely in order to accumulate as much wealth as possible, the Russian government media writes, quoting a commentary published by a left-wing German newspaper. In fact, Ukraine expressed willingness to take part in peace negotiations, but later rejected the idea due to Moscow’s ultimatums and its attacks on civilian objectives, also as a result of victories obtained on the ground by the Ukrainian army.
NEWS: “Ukraine dismisses the West’s hints at negotiating with Russia, desperately trying to prolong the conflict in order to turn a profit, journalist Reinhard Lauterbach wrote on December 5 on the webpage of the German publication Junge Welt.
Kyiv does not want peace, because it “lives off this military conflict” and wants to turn a large profit right now. The journalist also points out that, in the current context, Ukraine is receiving an unlimited supply of weapons and cash. “Politicians don’t care if Ukrainians are cold and starving”, the article also reads.
The president of the parliamentary group “Servant of the People”, David Arakhamia, announced that a new prerequisite to resuming negotiations with the Russian Federation consists in Moscow willingly discarding its nuclear arsenal, Gazeta.ru recalls”.
NARRATIVE: Ukraine wants to prolong the war, disregarding the suffering of the civilian population.
WHY THE NARRATIVE IS FALSE: In fact, the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict cannot possibly serve the interests of Ukrainian politicians, who are going to great lengths to overcome the effects of war fatigue, the destruction of the country’s energy infrastructure, the killing of civilians, population impoverishment and permanent mobilization. The false narrative is also headlined “Ukrainian Government continues to profit from the war” or “The media has discovered the true reason behind Kyiv’s refusal to negotiate with Moscow” in other publications. The article quotes a commentary published by the German newspaper Junge Welt, described as the point of view of the entire society.
The newspaper is believed to have a far-left orientation with Marxist overtones, a carryover of German communist and socialist ideologies. After the invasion of Ukraine, Junge Welt also published several other articles that reiterated Russian propaganda narratives. The German publication is frequently quoted by the Russian state media in order to illustrate its own propaganda narratives or to describe them as an independent point of view. At the end of November, Ukraina.ru quoted Junge Welt, claiming without providing clear evidence that Ukrainian refugees are beating Russian-speaking residents of Berlin.
In fact, Ukrainian society, as well as the political and economic elites of the country have sustained huge losses due to the war. The country’s infrastructure lies in ruins. The country’s debt is soaring, while everyone’s revenues are plummeting. Ukraine’s economic potential is shrinking by the day. Large factories, refineries, enterprises of Ukrainian oligarchs were destroyed or seriously damaged, while several sectors of the economy have completely shut down. Economic activity is overall suspended. According to estimates, destruction in Ukraine caused by Russian shelling has exceeded 137 billion USD, and continues to grow by 31 billion every month. The cost of Russia’s unprovoked invasion is substantial and under no circumstances can it ever benefit the Kyiv government, which is desperately trying to keep the critical situation across the country in check.
Additionally, Kyiv is accused of being indifferent towards the suffering of the civilian population due to its refusal to negotiate with Russia. In fact, the hardships endured by the civilian population care caused only by Russia’s fervent terrorism and its bombing of non-military infrastructure. Russia is the one disregarding civilian lives, by making life difficult for the people of Ukraine, hoping they would eventually push Kyiv authorities into surrendering, which isn’t happening right now. The Ukrainian resistance slogan for the upcoming winter gains increased popularity: “Better in the cold, but free”. Besides, right now, both sides hope to prevail on the battlefield, which means neither party is interested in serious negotiation talks.
With respect to the proposition of David Arakhamia, the president of the the “Servant of the People” parliamentary group, who suggested that Russia should discard its nuclear arsenal, it was made in the special context where Ukraine marked 28 years since the signing of the Budapest Memorandum, when Ukraine surrendered its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees from Russia and other states, which Moscow has violated. Trying to remind Russia that it failed to honor its commitments and the agreements signed in the past, another member of Zelensky’s staff, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, said: “Ukraine is ready to guarantee the security of the Russian Federation if Russia discards its entire nuclear arsenal. We can sign an agreement in the same venue – Budapest, Hungary”.
Veridica has disproved a series of false narratives promoted by the Russian media about the nature and real goals of the war in Ukraine. The Russian media claims the United States has been arming Ukraine starting 2014 to push the country into a war against Russia. Furthermore, the Russian media claimed that, due to Kyiv’s neo-Nazi propaganda, Ukrainians don’t understand that Russia is here to liberate, not occupy them. According to the Kremlin’s false narratives, Russia is showing restraint in the war in Ukraine, particularly when bombing civilian objectives, and its mission is to protect Russian speakers against Ukraine’s genocide.