Disinfo: Anglo-Saxons are pushing Kyiv to full-scale hostilities in Donbas


Zelenskyy's team is in every possible way whipping up military hysteria and is trying a change of the negotiation platform, demanding to leave Minsk. If we analyse the situation, then all this is part of a game imposed by the West against Russia, which is leading Kyiv to the resumption of full-scale hostilities in Donbas.

The real reason for Kyiv's course to escalate the situation in Donbas is the struggle against the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which would mark a close rapprochement between Russia and Germany.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Nord Stream 2.

Neither the US nor the UK push Ukraine to escalation in Donbas. This disinformation is used to distract attention from a renewed build-up of Russian armed forces along the Ukrainian borders in April 2021. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized many times that Ukraine is not interested in resuming the conflict in Donbas. Ukraine, according to Zelenskyy, is committed to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Regd. the negotation platform, the Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories proposed to move the venue of Trilateral Contact Group meetings from Minsk to other capital due to the position of Minsk in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the increased presence of Russian troops in Belarus.

The United States sees the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security. However, there is no basis for the claims that it seeks to ignite war in Ukraine to stop it. See recent statement from US Defence Secretary Austin here

See similar disinformation cases in our database: that NATO and Ukraine want an escalation in Donbas; that Zelenskyy's team is not interested in implementing the Minsk agreements; or that the US needs a war in Ukraine to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline.


  • Reported in: Issue 239
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US, UK, Germany
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Nord Stream 2
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Disinfo: Donetsk and Luhansk proclaimed independence following Kyiv nationalist coup

In 2014 Donetsk and Luhansk proclaimed independence following a violent coup in Kyiv led by nationalist groups and supported by Western governments


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in eastern Ukraine, claiming that the creation of DPR and LPR came as a response to the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv, often painted as a coup d'état, while claiming that local dwellers resisted alone without Russian military support and founded the DPR and LPR.

Firstly there was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests.

Disinfo: European Court of Human Rights demands Sweden to be declared the winner of the battle of Poltava

The European Court of Human Rights have declared the defeat of the army of king Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava invalid.

According to the judges, the Russian army did not have the rights to be located or wage military operations on Ukrainian territory without the acknowledgment of Ukraine's government.

The court demands Russia to compensate Sweden with 150 million Euro, return captured arms, guns and banners. Sweden has declared its intention to request retribution of territories lost at the end of the Nordic War, where the battle of Poltava was a decisive incident.

If ECHR supports Sweden's demands, Russia will need to return St. Petersburg, Leningrad oblast, parts of Pskov oblast and also the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Franz-Joseph Land.


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Disinfo: Death squads used by Ukraine to burn protesters in Odessa in May, 2014

Death squads have been used by the repressive Ukrainian state to burn protesters in Odessa in May 2014.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the Odessa tragedy.

There is no evidence that the Ukrainian government was involved in the Odessa tragedy. No trial has yet established the responsibilities of the different actors before a court. A total of 5 cases on trials and 3 investigations are currently ongoing. Media reported about the tragedy in May 2014 : the BBC, the Guardian, the DW. A chronology of the events has been established (1 and 2) and a non partisan documentary film by Ukrainian Channel 7 has collected testimonies: May 2nd without Myth.