A non-governmental organization iDemocracy has carried out a monitoring of information space across Ukraine, the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as well as Russia and detected that at the end of June-beginning of July 2021 there was an anti-Ukrainian narrative about Ukraine’s “fencing off” Donbas.
This narrative was promoted due to two cases, namely Volodymyr Zelensky’s interview taken by «TSN» media outlet on June 24, 2021 and a disruption of a meeting within the political working group to Trilateral Contact Group (hereinafter referred to as TCG). For example, after the President’s announced option to bring the issue about relations with the temporary occupied territories to an
Если же в понимании Зеленского «стена» — это разрыв всех отношений и коммуникаций, то что делать с людьми, которые по разным причинам вынуждены посещать противоположные от линии соприкосновения территории. Запретить общаться родственникам, посещать могилы, решать другие насущные проблемы? Что делать с поставками воды, электроэнергии? На эти вопросы главный шут всея Украины ответов не дал.Translation:
If Zelensky understands a «wall» as the severance of all relations and communications, then what we should do with people who are forced due to various reasons to visit the territories located opposite to the confrontation line. Should we forbid relatives to communicate, visit their graves, solve other pressing problems? What should be done with the water supply, energy supply? The main clown of all Ukraine has not replied to these questions.
По Донбассу у Зеленского нет никакого плана, как оказалось: либо взять измором по границе с Россией, либо — граница с ОРДЛО. Стена, и всёTranslation:
Looks like Zelensky does not have any plan concerning Donbas; either exhaust [Donbas territories] up to borders with Russia or place a frontier with the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Just a wall and nothing else
The same narrative was promoted by an Ukrainian manipulative outlet strana.ua aiming at discrediting the President of Ukraine after his interview June 24, 2021.
Another case is the disruption of the political working group to the TCG meeting on July 6, 2021 by the separatists, who invited to
iDemocracy believes that the aim of spreading this narrative is to shape a negative stereotype about betrayal and abandoning them by Ukrainian side among citizens of Donbas in the both territories — controlled by Ukraine and the temporarily occupied ones. Moreover, another goal of the narrative is to disseminate false information that Ukraine itself does not comply with the Minsk agreements and pursues dragging out negotiations on the resolution of war in Donbas. It means that this narrative is Russian and
To summarize, the aim of the propagandistic narrative about Ukraine’s «fencing off» Donbas is:
- to demonize Ukraine among citizens of Donbas;
- to shift blame for
non-compliancewith the Minsk agreements on Ukraine although severe violators are «DPR» and «LPR» militants themselves. This fact is proved by the operative reports of the Joint Forces Operation. For example, as of July 13, 2021 militants violates the cease-fireregime 13 times;
- to dehumanize the Ukrainian President by portraying him as indifferent to the lives of ordinary people.
All in all, iDemocracy states that the reason for disseminating the narrative of
In general, we recommend Ukrainian authorities, especially the Presidential Office, the ministries concerned with issues of reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories as well as the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG to take some proactive actions regarding such narratives, to inform population about activities of the TCG in an operative way with a clear message regarding the actions of the Ukrainian delegation to counter «DPR» and «LPR» militants’ provocations. We suggest to the Ukrainian delegation to TCG to generate a respective
* The search of narratives was carried out by manual monitoring of Ukrainian, Russian and the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Luhansk information spaces. In addition, a dynamics of Russian disinformation messages presented in the interactive visualization by Texty.org.ua was taken into account as well as weekly disinformation monitoring carried out by the same outlet.