How Kremlin-Backed Telegram Channels Target EU in Ukraine (Part 3)

July 3, 2024
Pro-Russia Telegram peddlers portray Ukraine as a threat to the EU

Read here the previous part about falsehood on the weakness of the EU and its collapse.

  • Narrative #4: "The EU does not want to accept Ukraine due to its low economic development and corruption that will provoke the EU collapse" 

Another fabrication created by Russia's propagandist machine. Thus, Kartel wrote that Poland and Hungary were strongly opposed to Ukraine's EU membership due to bilateral ethnic issues in their relations. Politika Strany, in turn, provides systematic public explanations for why the EU does not consider Ukraine a member. The permanent posting of such narratives reflects Moscow's efforts to distort Ukrainians' perceptions of Ukraine's readiness to join the EU as well as the EU's willingness to access Ukraine.

However, such narratives do not correspond to reality, as Ukraine's integration into the EU is taking place in record time. The accession process takes approximately a decade, and even states that are in good compliance with EU law require additional time to meet all EU requirements. Ukraine passes this way at an extremely fast speed.

Moreover, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has stated numerous times that Ukraine will become a member of the EU, emphasizing a common future and as much stable support as needed. We can see that the EU is fulfilling its obligations by granting candidate status and approving the start of accession talks.

  • Narrative #5 "Ukrainian refugees threaten Europe."

Another popular message targeted Ukraine's refugees. Regularly affiliated with Moscow Telegrams disseminate myths about the low standard of living of Ukrainian refugees abroad. For example, Media Post published several articles on "unacceptable living conditions in France, arguing that Ukrainians may face unsanitary, fraudulent, and arbitrary checks from the French government." At the same time, pro-Russian channels propagated false narratives about Ukrainians abroad, "accusing them of fraud and other crimes".

Also, numerous channels, such as ZeRada or Zhenshchina z kosoi, circulate stories claiming that "the EU will impose additional restrictions on Ukrainians, forcing them to return home." These debates intensified after rumors circulated that "Ukraine's government was holding secret talks with Europeans about returning Ukrainians' homes."

Despite many controversial ideas, the EU prolonged the temporary protection mechanism for four million Ukrainians until March 2025. Moreover, there is no legal basis for deporting Ukrainians from the EU.

The falsehood narratives of the failed EU sanction policy and dependence on Russia's energy sources are next in the line to be debunked.

The article was originally published on the Kremlin's Voice platform.

Analyst at Internews-Ukraine PhD in International relations