Disinfo: Kyiv will soon try to take back the Donbass

Summary

While the world is preoccupied with the coronavirus, Ukraine will soon make a new push to take back the separatist republics in the Donbass by force. Ukraine wants to seal the fate of territories that have not bowed to the coup yet.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

The EU strongly condemns the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

No coup took place in Ukraine in 2013-2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See more examples of disinformation about the Euromaidan protests here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, War in Ukraine

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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