Upfront support provided by the USA and European countries has resulted in Kiev’s inability to react adequately to differences in views with its Western partners. Now that Ukrainian leadership cannot get what it wants by default, Kiev resorts to manipulation. Ukrainian politicians, diplomats and media do not need much reason to call upon conscience of their Western friends and, in very strong terms, accuse them of betraying the country, which is the last bastion of a truly democratic world on the border with Tatar savage land.
Aggressive anti-Trump propaganda and open support to Clinton in 2016 are just some examples of Ukraine’s undisguised information war against the West. Practically all well-known Ukrainian politicians made insulting comments about the US would-be president, but then it did not stop them from changing their ‘color’ and beginning to curry favor with the US new administration.
Ukraine regularly makes claims and allegations against German, Italian and other deputies of tolerance to their colleagues’ visits to the Crimea, as well as, the refusal to revoke their mandates upon return.
For historical reasons, Prime Minister of Hungary Orban has a special place in Ukraine’s information space as he is the ‘2nd worst enemy’ to the free world, who is allegedly re-enacting ‘Putin’s Novorossiya script’ for Transcarpathian Hungarians.
Ukrainian mass media systematically discredit Warsaw in the eyes of its EU partners by publishing articles about Ukrainians attacked for the use of their native language in Poland although it is not always based on verified facts.
In 2016, Ukraine’s propaganda machine descended upon the Dutchmen, who expressed their opposition to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement’s ratification through referendum. That time President Poroshenko and Ukrainian officious media accused the organizers of the referendum of launching a direct attack on the unity of Europe.
Since 2017, the issue of Nord Stream 2 has been accorded high priority on Kiev’s international agenda as the project threatening to deprive Ukraine of a large part of its income from Russian gas transit. Thus, all those who support construction of the gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine have become main enemies for Ukrainian ‘spin masters’.
Obviously, German authorities became the main object of Kiev’s information attack. In the article “The Real Colluder With Russia Isn’t Trump – It’s Germany” published by Forbes and preached by Ukrainian media, German leaders were accused of violating the principles of EU energy policies and ignoring the interests of Eastern European countries.
Since October 2017, People’s Deputies from the ruling coalition in Verkhovna Rada were regularly allowing themselves to make anti-German statements. For instance, Ivan Vynnik accused Germany and France of their intention to lift sanctions against Russian Federation and develop business links with Russia, in spite of international pressure on Moscow.
In 2018, numbers of Ukrainian propaganda material were scaled up with the approach of the date when Gazprom would grant permissions for the Nord Stream 2 construction. Ukrainian website ‘Segodnya’ (Today) arranged an exclusive interview with British expert Alan Riley, who called Germany the chief lobbyist to the project and predicted the initiation of court actions against Germany by its EU partners.
The chairman of Ukrainian delegation in PACE Volodymyr Ariev and the president of the Center for Global Studies Strategy XXI Michael Gonchar, who told about German corruption in the sphere of energy and Berlin’s wish to gain control over all Russian gas supplies to Europe, are now engaged in building the image of Merkel as the Europe’s enemy. The recent short visit of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy P. Altmaier to Kiev before his travelling to Moscow was characterized by Gonchar as Berlin’s hypocrisy and its ‘double game.’
Aggressive information campaign against Germany is vividly illustrated by the statement of Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Integration Olena Zerkal as she blames Germany for its wish to induce Berlin’s policies to the EU countries through usurpation of natural gas market.
Thus, Ukraine does everything possible in order to discredit both international and Merkel’s European policies, which is, according to Kiev, one step away from tearing Europe apart and completely antagonizing the USA. With the aim to condemn the actions of Germany and other Western partners, Ukrainian media are using the same methods as they use on the Eastern information front, namely, falsification of facts, the use of untrusted sources, adducing views presented by corrupted experts, and aggressive presentation of material. All this leaves no spaces for readers to evaluate Berlin’s activities prudently. And yet, effectiveness of Ukraine’s propaganda machine remains questionable. Poroshenko’s visit to Germany in May to negotiate with Merkel and Macron has been found to be a failed one even in Ukraine. It may be an indication that Kiev’s attempt to put information pressure on its Western partners has had the opposite effect.