By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo: Flickr| licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

“Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine confirmed the civilizational choice of its citizens. By removal of oligarchic kleptocratic regime which was supported by Kremlin and by claim to join the united Europe Ukrainians have sent a clear signal how they see the fate of their country.

What happened after the Euro-Maidan is well known – the Russian annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Russian troops in Donbas and the occupation of the part of Ukrainian territory camouflaged under the two “People's Republic”, and in particular the numerous human victims (more than ten thousand).

Russian-Ukrainian war is lasting two and half years, its main reason is resistance of Russian leadership against the European choice of Ukraine.

Almost three years Moscow leads the information war against Ukraine, the West and indirectly against those Russian citizens who would like to follow Ukrainians on the way to freedom and democracy.

Ukrainians transformed to Banderovites

Euromaidan started in Kiev in November 2013 after the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an Association agreement with the EU.

Since then the bizarre versions about background of the Ukrainian revolution began to spread from Moscow. According to them the whole thing was apparently carefully prepared conspiracy of the West (USA, NATO and the EU), it was a neo-Nazi coup,  it was part of a Western crusade against Russia, Slavs and Orthodox faith, it was a creation of the clearway for the US military invasion and the like.

Ukrainians, who were previously considered to be the closest fraternal nation of Russians have turned into „fascists“ and „Banderovites“, the malicious traitors in the service of the enemies of Russia.

From time to time Moscow’s authors producing different interpretations of Ukrainian events manage to find there a place for the countries of Central Europe. These interpretations are intended primarily for domestic audience, however it would be useful to know more about them just to have an idea ​​what Russian authors write about us, about our central European neighbors.

Dreams about Great Poland on Maidan

A few days ago the Moscow pro-government newspaper Vzgljad (View) dealt with the role of Poland in the developments in Ukraine. In the article entitled “Poland is losing in Ukraine, although it can rescue Donbass” newspaper not only reveals the “real”  background of Maidan and the “real” goals of Polish policies towards Ukraine, but also advises Poles what they should do for normalization of the situation in Ukraine (it however did not advice what the Kremlin should do).

According to the Moscow newspaper Warsaw “put her hands on the Maidan” by preparing on its territory and by its own instructors with American money the snipers who killed people on  Maidan (newspaper cites in this regard the Polish opposition politician Zenon Korvin-Mikke, who  supposedly “knows exactly” what happened from “the words of the former Estonian foreign Minister Urmas Paet).

Poland supported Maidan with the aim to expand its influence in Ukraine, however, the newspaper continues, “the restoration of Rzeczpospolita even in its soft version failed”.

Why does this happen? Because Poland “which put its hands into separation of two major ethnic groups – Ukrainians and Belarusians – from Russian nation and which is now trying to integrate these two nations into its project of regional power, encountered fierce resistance from its stepsons” (here author made a gleeful remark on Polish-Ukrainian historical animosities).

According to Vzgliad, “the Jagiellonian idea failed” because Poles did not take into account the stronger – than they are themselves – actors playing on “Ukrainian field” who are the US and the EU.

EU as a soft version of Reich

The Moscow newspaper is further arguing that Poland “is neither sovereign nor independent country” as the EU allegedly threatens to impose sanctions to it for its internal political problems. After all, “the Western alliance led by Germany” has always been the enemy of Poland and “EU today, which Poles are so proud about, is only a light version of the Reich, which is prepared for them”.

What should therefore Poles do to help to “rescue Donbas”? The answer of Moscow’s newspapers is simple: stop the play the subversive role in Ukraine, refuse the Jagellonian model and normalize relations with Russia.

The EU as a soft version of the German Reich, the Ukrainian Euro-Maidan as an attempt to revive Rzeczpospolita and the “rescue” of Donbas due to Poland’s return to the bosom of Slavic brotherhood – if you feel that you are  in a different reality, you are not far from the truth.

It is the reality of Russian official media.


This article was written by Grigorij Mesežnikov.

The views expressed in the article are private opinions of the author and do not reflect the policy of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute.