Disinfo: Georgia started the aggression against Russia in 2008


Georgia attacked the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and Russia was initially accused of initiating the war. In 2009, the International fact-finding mission into those events came to the conclusion that the Georgian authorities started the attack.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian war, portraying it as a peacemaker and blaming Georgia and its political leadership for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia timed around the 13th anniversary of the conflict.

Georgia is a sovereign country attacked by Russia in 2008. Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

The EU's independent investigative commission into the 2008 Russia-Georgian war confirmed that Russia had been provoking Georgia for a long time and "Much of the Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence."

Currently, Russia occupies 20% of Georgia's territory, about 13 years after the Russo-Georgian War, and continues to breach its international obligations by consolidating its control in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia continues its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union.

See similar claims that Georgia's military adventure was encouraged by Western partners, and that the US is using Georgia to fight Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2022
  • Article language(s) , Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Russia
  • Keywords: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Russo-Georgian War
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Disinfo: Accusations against Russia intend to divert attention from Ukraine’s attempts to disrupt peaceful settlement of Donbas conflict

Russia does not plan to attack a neighbouring state. Accusations against Moscow are intended to divert attention from the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to disrupt the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas and to violate the Minsk agreements.


Recurring disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, portraying Ukraine as the sole obstacle for peace in the Donbas, violating the Minsk agreements, and presenting the conflict in Donbas as an internal one. This claim is a part of a wider disinformation campaign, as our article explains, aiming to deflect attention away from Russia’s military build-up on its border with Ukraine since late October 2021. As such, it looks more like disinformation in search of a casus belli.

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. Despite all this Russia officially denies its military presence in Donbas.

Disinfo: Russia's conflict is not with "Zelensky's country", but with the United States

Putin will refuse to negotiate with Zelensky because Russia is not in conflict with Zelensky's country. Russia is in conflict with the United States, which controls both Zelensky and his country. But Zelensky wants to show that war between his country and Russia is possible, which Putin believes is not.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aimed at portraying Ukraine as a non-independent state that is under direct foreign control.

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Disinfo: Washington seeks its money back arranging a famine in Ukraine

Ukraine is getting more and more loans, but this does not affect the development of the country, improving the welfare of citizens. On the contrary, Washington is dragging out military operations on the territory of Ukraine - for this reason, its inhabitants cannot return to their usual peaceful life.

Instead of real help, they take away what's most necessary. Ukrainians themselves need grain reserves to live until the new harvest.

Washington does not believe in the victory of Kyiv. They are thinking how to return the money as soon as possible, arranging a famine in Ukraine.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine and food security.

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