Disinfo: Kiyv launched a military operation against the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in April 2014

Summary

In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which unilaterally declared their independence from Ukraine in February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray the incidents in eastern Ukraine as a civil war and claiming that local dwellers resisted Ukraine alone without Russian military support and founded the DPR and LPR.

The involvement of Russian personnel and equipment in the creation of the DPR and LPR has been well documented already for years. The destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea has been condemned by the Council of the European Union and led to restrictive measures since 2014.

The French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) has published an analysis, containing irrefutable evidence of Russian involvement and aggression.

The EU has stressed on several occasions that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On the 27th of March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, the international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 238
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, DNR, LNR, Donbas, Civil war
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Disinfo: Kyiv is breaking Minsk and Normandy agreements

Kyiv is not implementing the Minsk and Normandy agreements. Its reputation is close to zero and its position is cynical and irresponsible. The situation in the war zone is deteriorating and Ukraine may stage a provocation, which would increase military confrontation.

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This a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media, accusing Kyiv of non-adherence to the 2014 Minsk Agreements and the 2019 Normandy accords.

In reality, Moscow-backed separatists have been mounting tensions in Donbas over the recent weeks under the pretext that Ukrainian troops are planning an offensive. Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on 26 March 2021, which is the largest daily death toll for government troops since the fragile truce that took effect last July. Nonetheless, Moscow and its proxies in Donbas keep on accusing Kyiv of continually breaking the truce and preparing for a full-scale attack.

Disinfo: We have yet to prove global warming is real

All this talk of global warming, which is allegedly caused by human activity, has yet to be proven. The Earth's climate is constantly changing, and moreover, we are now living in a short period of warming between the two ice ages, and there are plenty of reasons to be assured that the climate will be cooler in the coming centuries. This is a real threat to humanity.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that climate change might not have been caused by human activity.

It is not true that science does not possess evidence of human impact on climate change. On the contrary, there is a strong consensus among publishing climate scientists that humans are responsible for climate change.

Disinfo: There is no political will in Poland to normalise its relations with Russia

In order to normalise bilateral relations, Poland should react to the Russian appeals for dialogue and mutual respect not in words but in deeds. There are no insurmountable obstacles to the normalisation of Polish-Russian relations. All the existing problems can be solved if there is political will on both sides. However, at the present moment, Russia does not see this political will on the part of Poland.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about anti-Russian, Russophobic Poland, deliberately worsening its relations with Russia and supporting American interests in the region.

The arrival of a new Polish Ambassador to Moscow illustrates that Poland is interested in having normal diplomatic relations with Russia. On 28 March 2021, the new Polish Ambassador to Russia gave an interview to Russian media, where he stated that Poland was open to dialogue with Russia. The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that Poland is willing to improve its relations with Russia – on the condition that Russia starts observing the regulations of international law. In a statement of 21 December 2019, the Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example, through restarting the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues.