The declaration of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union took place on August 24, 1980, and will be remembered on August 24, 2022. The timing of Independence Day this year. Six months after Russian President Putin launched a full-scale war of aggression. It is against the people of Ukraine, their sovereignty, and cultural identity, have special significance.
Disinformation and propaganda from the Kremlin have followed and backed Russia’s military interventions in Ukraine. It includes the ongoing war of aggression, support for separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, and the attempted annexation of Crimea. In the eyes of the Ukrainian and Russian public and the international community. The Kremlin regularly tries to discredit Ukraine as a country and state.
President Putin’s Playbook
President Putin frequently contests the legitimacy of Ukraine as a country. In July 2021, he officially characterized Russians and Ukrainians as “one people” and stated that “the true sovereignty of Ukraine is attainable only in conjunction with Russia.” In 2008, he told President Bush that “Ukraine is not a country.” According to Putin, Ukraine is an “inalienable part of…own history, culture, and spiritual space,” and also it was “completely built by Russia” on Russia’s “historical territory.”
He claimed in a letter from February 2022 that the first Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin, was responsible for “creating Lenin’s Ukraine” and that it was “worse than a mistake.” Days later, he started a full-scale conflict in an effort to redraw the map in accordance with his own distorted version of history. Putin’s bogus statements have been used as a model by Russia’s misinformation and propaganda apparatus for operations trying to deny Ukraine its right to independence and even its very existence throughout the past six months.
Map Weaponization And the Revival Of Imperialism
The Kremlin’s propaganda is rife with imperial revanchism as it attempts to cover up its ambition to recolonize Ukraine. Former Russian President and Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev used maps to cast doubt on Ukraine’s status as a sovereign nation. With the caption: “In President Zelenskyy’s drugged-out brain the picture of his nation’s bright future may look like this. But Western analysts think that in reality. It will be this,” Medvedev invoked memories of Russia’s imperial past by posting before-and-after maps of the region. Ukraine had been reduced to just the area around Kyiv on July 27.
In order to forward Russia’s colonial fantasy, which envisages Ukraine’s territory being reduced to just the Kyiv region. The remaining being shared among Russia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary, Medvedev referenced these purported “Western analysts.” Such a narrative is reminiscent of Putin’s address from February 2022, in which he questioned Ukraine’s status as a state. It goes along with Russia’s escalating calls for expanding its “special military operation” to carry out its imperial vision. Denis Pushilin, the president of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR). He falsely asserted that the “Russian cities” of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Odesa, and Dnipro must be “liberated from Nazism,” and “Crimean Parliament” Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov added Mykolayiv and Kharkiv to this list.
Russia Wants To Erase Ukrainian Cultural Identity
Since the Soviet Union historically targeted Ukrainians, Putin’s attempts to brutally incorporate them into Russian culture are especially terrible. Ukraine has long existed as a unique cultural and national identity. In the Holodomor, also known as the Great Famine, occurred under Joseph Stalin. More than three million Ukrainians perished as a result of a purely artificial food shortage. The entire Ukrainian population was seen as secondary to the execution of the Soviet Union’s five-year economic plan.
The Russian government is installing billboards in Kherson featuring the historical commander Aleksandr Suvorov and famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin along with the slogan. “Kherson – A City with Russian History” and patriotic sayings, in addition to cutting off the area from Ukrainian telecommunications. The billboards probably have two objectives: to emphasize a shared cultural past. To protest Ukraine’s dismantling of many Pushkin statues throughout the nation. The billboards are the conclusion of Russia’s “bloody” imposition of dominance through “Tanks – War – Death – Occupation – Pushkin,” as one critic put it.
Threats And Denials Along With Dehumanizing Rhetoric
Russian propagandists talk about their conflict in Ukraine in a horrible manner. Vladimir Solovyov used a metaphor comparing Ukrainians to worms being removed from a cat by a veterinarian in a “special procedure” on his primetime propaganda program “Solovyov Live.” Olga Skabeyeva, the host, labeled Ukraine as a “nonexistent country” on the “60 Minutes” program. At the same time, one of her guests called the conflict a “holy war.” Referred to Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov as “the last insect in line that we still have to put in his place.” The question of whether Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson are a part of Ukraine “is no longer being considered,” according to Belarusian tyrant Lukashenko. He made the statement on July 21.
The Annexation Puppetry
Particularly as Moscow has intensified its attempts to annex parts of southern Ukraine. Putin’s speeches have mischaracterized Moscow’s capture of Ukrainian territory as “returning and fortifying” Russian regions. Asserting that “geography has changed” since its conversations with Kyiv in March. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated in an interview on July 20. We are not only talking about Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. It is the territory of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and other places. By announcing an election commission will organize a vote on joining Russia. Russian authorities and their agents in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia reaffirmed these statements.
It is just untrue for the Kremlin to assert that Ukrainians want Russia to annex them. According to opinion surveys, the majority of Ukrainians oppose the Russian invasion. According to a University of Chicago study conducted in June 2022, 97% of Ukrainians believe that Russia’s invasion poses a severe threat to their country’s security. Russia should make up for the damage it has done.
The Russian propaganda and disinformation ecosystem aims to portray residents of the parts of Ukraine under Russian control as enthusiastic about Russian rule. There are reliable allegations that occupation authorities are also depriving Ukrainian civilians. Food, water, and medical care until they accept Russian passports in every location that Russia controls. Then, queues of citizens lining up for Russian passports are portrayed as voluntary by official propaganda sites like Sputnik. With citizens making conveniently pro-Kremlin remarks. Yevgeny Balitsky, the outgoing leader of Zaporizhzhia’s “military-civilian administration” that Russia put there, said on July 14. A referendum on whether “to join Russia or not” will occur in the first half of September.
The people of Ukraine are firmly united in the face of the invasion by Russia. According to historical survey results, 94 percent of Ukrainians also said that having a fully functional democracy is vital. Demonstrating their commitment to their nation’s democratic growth. Despite the total invasion, a record-high 87 percent of Ukrainians are optimistic about the country’s future.
Ukraine Will remain Independent
The Ukrainian people formally declared themselves an independent country 31 years ago. President Putin has been undermining Ukrainian sovereignty since 2014, especially in the last six months. He does this by using both military force and false remarks. In spite of the pain he caused Ukraine, he was unable to achieve his objective. The perseverance and bravery of the Ukrainian people have been remarkable throughout this war. According to Secretary Blinken, “Ukraine has not and will not be subdued. It will continue to be sovereign and autonomous. The United States and our allies and partners will continue to support them and give them the resources they require to protect their freedom.”
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