Disinfo: Extremists and Nazis are being trained in Ukraine to act in Belarus


Minsk faces a threat coming from its southern border: Nazi battalions and camps for extremists, who are being trained in Ukraine with the goal of worsening the situation in Belarus. Their purpose is to carry out blunt actions during the weekend demonstrations there. The camps are in the region of Dnipropetrovsk and Volyn.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed colour revolutions, in this case portraying massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad. No evidence is provided to support the allegations. Despite the unfounded claims about foreign-trained extremist infiltrators, protests in Belarus remained mostly peaceful, with violence coming mainly from the Belarusian police and authorities.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in Belarus, such as claims that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries criticising them in Minsk; that the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks in Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are one single nation.

The city of Dnipro changed name from "Dnipropetrovsk" in 2016.


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions, Nazi/Fascist


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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