Disinfo: Hysteria around the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a cover for Ukraine’s attack on Donbas


Ukraine has followed the path of Georgia in 2008.

All this hysteria around the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a cover for the attack of Ukraine itself on Donbas.

As for Russia's preparations for a military invasion: it is a lie. It is more like Ukraine prepares for a military operation in Donbas (again at the instigation of Western confrontational forces).


This article is part of a current disinformation campaign aiming to deflect attention away from Russia’s military build-up on its border with Ukraine since late October 2021 by accusing Ukraine of “preparing an aggression”, a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Contrary to the claim, reports and expressions of concern about military preparations and mobilisation of Russian troops is not a “campaign against Russia”, but a fact confirmed by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions. See the 16 December NATO statement calling Russia to immediately de-escalate tension.

Moreover, the story is consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian war, blaming Georgia and its political leadership, as well as, the West for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia. 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."

See similar cases in our database, such as claims that the campaign against Russia is a distraction from Ukraine’s military operation in Donbas, that under external control, Ukraine is doomed to escalate the conflict in Donbas, that NATO will help Ukraine to kill more people, that after the 2014 coup Ukraine committed genocide in Donbas, that violations by the Ukrainian army in Donbas are secret and nobody investigates them, or similar examples about Georgia that the Anglo-Saxons fooled Georgia into starting a war with Russia, that Georgia’s military adventure was encouraged by Western partners in 2008, that the Russo-Georgian war was openly provoked by Washington's protégé Saakashvili, that the 2008 August War is an example of how NATO poses threat to peace with its military exercises.


  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, Georgia
  • Keywords: West, Donbas, War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Russo-Georgian War, Anti-Russian, Provocation, Abkhazia, South Ossetia
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Disinfo: Swedish officials portray Russia as a threat to increase military spending

Swedish government officials, politicians and media portray Russia as a threat in order to increase military spending.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Western perceptions of Russia are dominated by Russophobia.

The article’s claim that the Swedish government and media portray Russia as a threat to increase military spending is false. Sweden has expressed particularly strong concerns about Russia’s threats to its national security, which include violations of Swedish airspace by Russian attack planes, naval activity of Russian forces close to Swedish borders, Russian nuclear threats, and aggressive disinformation operations and cyber-attacks.

Disinfo: Soviet and Russian leaders were promised NATO would not expand to the East

Soviet, and later Russian, leaders were repeatedly promised at the highest levels that NATO would not expand further eastwards, but the opposite happened.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO enlargement.

This claim has been debunked numerous times. NATO did not make any promises not to expand into eastern and central Europe back in 1990, which was confirmed by the former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Back in 2014, Gorbachev said that “The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility”.

Disinfo: The so-called Green Agenda has nothing to do with environmental concerns

The so-called Green Agenda has become the main ideology in the European Union, the UK and the US. The Green Agenda has nothing to do with environmental concerns – it is an attempt to contain the influence of China, Russia, Iran and other countries that possess strategic natural resources and raw materials and use them according to their state policies.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that aims to instill doubts about the environmental agenda and about the existence of a climate change threat by presenting them as tools used by the West to pursue its own geopolitical and geoeconomic interests against the interests of non-Western nations.

The so-called “Green Agenda”, or Sustainable Development Agenda, is a programme of action for people and the planet, whose intentions and goals were shared and endorsed in 2015 by 193 member countries of the United Nations. It aims to achieve a set of environmental, economic, social and institutional targets by 2030 that will contribute to improving global living conditions, acting across all components of society, including private enterprise. Russia, China and Iran participate in the Sustainable Development Agenda.