Disinfo: If the Kremlin interferes in Belarus, Ukraine attacks the Donbas

Summary

Western “mentors” told Kyiv that if Moscow starts becoming politically active in Belarus, Ukraine would have to launch a strong strike against the Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Russian disinformation narrative claiming that the West is involved in the events in Belarus. In this particular case, this narrative is interwoven with another regular pro-Kremlin claim about Ukraine being a puppet of the West.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.

Moreover, Ukraine is a sovereign country. EU/US policies are centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous and free Ukraine, more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures. Russia is, in fact, violating territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine with continuous acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

No evidence has ever emerged that the West is able to dictate Ukrainian policy in any way, especially Kyiv's military strategy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, West, Colour revolutions, Donbas

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Disproof

This is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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