Disinfo: End of Ukraine war depends on Kyiv


Kyiv should engage in talks with Moscow to end the Ukraine crisis. Military activities may end under more favourable conditions for Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities should get to the negotiation table and agree that they will never threaten Russian territory.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets trying to potray Kyiv as being responsible for Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.

In reality, it is an unprovoked war and its end depends on Russia. The European Union is staunchly standing by Ukraine and calling for the immediate pull-out of Russian troops from the internationally recognised Ukrainian territories.

Ukraine has never threatened Russia. It was Russia who illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and instigated a separatist revolt in Donbas in 2014. It has been threatening Ukraine with more territorial losses ever since.

Ukraine and its Western partners have been trying to find a diplomatic solution to the war, but Russia has made it impossible to reach a peaceful settlement because of its continual bombing of civilian objects. In order to force Moscow into stopping hostilities, the European Council adopted a sixth package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia and Belarus on 3 June 2022. This package includes restrictions on exports, prohibition of consulting services, de-SWIFTing of additional banks, suspension of the broadcasting activities of several state-owned outlets, as well as individual sanctions.

Contrary to Russian claims that its troops target only military facilities in Ukraine, a lot of civilian infrastructure has been damaged or ruined and thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed. According to unofficial data, up to 22,000 civilians have died in Mariupol alone. Russian troops killed hundreds of civilians in the town of Bucha outside Kyiv. Similar atrocities have been discovered in many other cities where Russian forces were in control. In a recent bombing of civilian objects, at least 24 people were killed including several children and more than 200 were wounded as a Russian missile his a business centre in the city of Vinnytsia on 14 July 2022.

Read OSCE Report on violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. See also the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.


  • Reported in: Issue 301
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/07/2022
  • Article language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko
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Disinfo: It is a lie that Russia is blocking wheat exports

Russia is accused of starting a wheat blockade and wanting to cause famine, which is complete nonsense. It is a lie that Russia is blocking wheat exports.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to deflect Russia’s responsibility for the growing food crisis and supply insecurity.

Russia's responsibility for the global food crisis comes as a consequence of the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine: naval blockade of Ukrainian posts, bombardment of transport infrastructure and shelling of farming regions.

Disinfo: Kyiv burned grains in Mariupol and mined the Black Sea to prevent its exportation

The Kyiv authorities created many obstacles for the export of grains; in addition to its arson in the port of Mariupol, the Ukrainian forces deployed mines in the Black Sea to prevent the exportation of grains to the rest of the world.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine and food security meant to deflect Russia's responsibility for a potential global food crisis.

There is no evidence to substantiate claims that Ukrainian forces burned grains. Grain is one of Ukraine's valuable export items. On the other hand, Russia's destruction of Ukraine's agricultural production areas, farming and harvesting equipmenyt, looting and plundering, blocking the trade routes, and laying mines in Black Sea ports are all well-documented.

Disinfo: Ukraine crisis was provoked by the West

The conflict in Ukraine was provoked by the West. It could have been avoided if Western states had provided Russian President Vladimir Putin with the security guarantees he had asked for.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the West’s allegedly provocative actions in the run-up to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine which escalated again 24 February 2022.

The war began in 20214 with the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's military involvement and support of seperatist in Donbas. Russia’s protreacted invasion of Ukraine is unprovoked and unjustified. Days before the new war in February, Putin had offered several reasons for launching aggression, including the necessity to help non-government-controlled territories in Eastern Ukraine from a genocide, Ukraine’s alleged desire to obtain nuclear weapons and Kyiv’s possible membership of NATO. These were only pretexts because Putin had seemingly taken the decision to invade Ukraine long before.