Disinfo: For the West, Ukraine is a platform for conflict against Russia


The West sees Ukraine as a platform for conflict against Russia. Ukraine's territory is occupied not only by the US but also by its satellites, which execute instructions coming from Washington.

Russia has never threatened Ukraine, neither publicly, nor behind closed doors. Russian military forces near the border with Ukraine are needed only for Russia's security. They are deployed exclusively in reaction to military actions of the US and NATO.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about encircled Russia and the statehood of Ukraine . These well-known claims are now going one step further by claiming that Ukraine is actually occupied by US and countries under Washingtons control.

The US, NATO or the “collective West” are not interested in a war against Russia. Western powers are trying to ensure peace and security in the region. I.e., the US is concerned that Russia is likely planning a massive military offensive against Ukraine. The US president Joe Biden warned Russia on 19 January 2022 that it “would pay dearly for full-scale invasion”. Earlier, the EU also warned Russia about the high costs of invasion into Ukraine.

The statement that “Russia never threatened Ukraine” is also not true. Moreover, the war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that the US and NATO want to inflame an endless military conflict near Russian borders, or that NATO is egging Ukraine on a military gamble, or that the US is an external overlord of Ukraine

See our article examining seven myths about Russia's role in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: NATO, West, Encircling Russia, Puppets, security threat, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: Unrest in Kazakhstan is a conspiracy orchestrated from abroad

Events in Kazakhstan were an attempt of conspiracy originated abroad, trying to use groups of armed and trained people to forcefully undermine the security and integrity of the State. Civil riots in Kazakhstan were caused by external forces.


There is no evidence to support claims about a “foreign hand” in the unrest in Kazakhstan. Instead, growing evidence points to an ongoing power struggle in the country as a driving cause in the radicalisation and expansion of the protests, which started peacefully after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), in an already volatile context in the country.

This claim is advanced as part of a push suggesting a US policy of staging “colour revolutions” worldwide with the aim of destabilising Russia. In this case, the allegations seem to have been tailored to justify the Russian-led intervention of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in the country.

Disinfo: U.S. provocation in 2014 caused the Ukrainian tragedy

The current tragedy of modern Ukraine "indeed began in 2014," however, it was not the result of some provocation on the part of Russia but the result of a state coup that was "supported and even to a substantial degree organised" by the US.


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

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Disinfo: Wagner is not present in Mali

There is no Wagner [private military company] in Mali.

Mali doesn't even know what Wagner is. It is once again an invention of the former colonial power which is clearly behind the ECOWAS sanctions and which continues to exploit several organisations against Mali.


Recurrent denial of the Kremlin's actions in African countries.

In December 2021, European countries expressed their concern about the development of the Wagner mercenary group in Mali and the EU decided on restrictive measures against the Wagner Group and related individuals involved in serious human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and killings, or in destabilising activities in some of the countries they operate in, including Libya, Syria, Ukraine (Donbas) and the Central African Republic.