Disinfo: Joe Biden’s son pushed for war in east Ukraine to clear the territory for fracking


Hunter Biden was pushing for the war in east Ukraine to clear the territory for fracking and allow Burisma, an energy company he worked for, to operate there.


Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. The message advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian responsibility for armed aggression in Ukraine. 

The international community, including the European Union recognizes and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. 

The allegation that a Ukrainian energy company would "push for the war" in east Ukraine does not quite square with another recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, which paints the conflict as an "uprising" of local militias against the illegitimate post-Euromaidan government in Kyiv. See here for more cases of Russian aggression in the Donbas being dubbed a "civil war."

See also similar disinformation cases about the Bidens.


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Hunter Biden, US presence in Europe, Corruption, Joe Biden, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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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