Building Bridges between Societies for New Ukraine 2015


The Russian-Ukrainian Conference at the European Parliament was organized by Promote Ukraine and MEP Mark Demesmaeker in frames of the Belgian Platform “Peace for Ukraine”. Main theses:

1. With its acts Russia made an attack on the legal system of the human rights – Ella Polyakova (Russia)

2. Statistics shows that support of the European integration in Ukraine dropped by 10% since last year. It means that Europe does not encourage Ukrainians to become a full-right member of the European family – Oleksandr Solontay (Ukraine)

3. There are three main points on which Putin makes Russians believe theyare doing right thing by conducting war with Ukraine: 1) Dignity: “Crimea is ours! We have it back. This way we restored our dignity”; 2) Help brothers: “We will give our last shirt but we help our brothers to get rid of the neo-nazi” 3) It is fight with Fascism: “Our grandfather did so in 40s, so its our mission to continue their cause” – Svetlana Gannushkina (Russia)
Actually there are no counterarguments to these points. It is all about belief. That is why Putin’s propaganda is winning in Russia.

4. There is a new Russian project “Ukraine with your own eyes”: the Russian activists organize trip of Russians to Ukraine so that they can see everything themselves