Disinfo: Demonstrators want to continue the war in Donbas

Summary

In the centre of Kyiv, hundreds of Ukrainian neo-Nazis held the demonstration “Ukraine will resist” as part of the “No Surrender” initiative. They demanded that the Kyiv regime continue the war in Donbas, as well as ensure complete tolerance of and a lack of jurisdiction for Nazi militants.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The action "Year of Zelenskyy - the year of revenge" took place in the centre of Kyiv on May 24. Activists were not demonstrating for the continuation of the war, but because they want to prevent the alleged legitimisation of the Russian backed groups that control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Other demands included the dismissal of the head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak, the release of detained Maidan supporters, volunteers and the resumption of Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU and NATO. At the same time, there were no demands to continue the war in Donbas or ensure complete tolerance of and a lack of jurisdiction for Nazi militants.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist

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