Disinfo: Kyiv attacks civilians while Russia tries to reconstruct cities


While Russia tries to reconstruct destroyed cities, Ukraine continues attacking civilians. Moscow insists on a return to a peaceful life in the liberated territories of the Donbas republics, as well as the provinces of Zaporizhzhie and Kherson, despite Kyiv continuing to attack the civilian population in the conflict areas and trying to provoke a humanitarian crisis using Western weapons.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives aiming to justify its brutal invasion of Ukraine and the illegal and forceful annexation of Ukrainian regions. By insisting on the use of Western weapons “against civilians”, this disinformation story also tries to undermine international aid to Ukraine.

Ukraine is not targeting civilians. The country is resisting Russia’s unlawful military invasion and the illegal annexation of its territory. In accordance with the UN Charter and international law, Ukraine is exercising its inherent right of self-defence against Russian aggression. It has the right to liberate and regain full control of all occupied territories within its internationally recognised borders. Pro-Kremlin media, nonetheless, regularly portray Ukrainian military operations as attacks against civilians.

In fact, Russia is responsible of most of the destruction of many cities, such as Mariupol. At the same time, Russia continues bombing civilian infrastructures and targets in Ukraine, including in the provinces of Zaporizhzhie and Kherson.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as the claim that the 2022 referendums to join Russia confirmed the wish of the population to live in peace, that Russia does not attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, that Russia hits only military targets in Ukraine, or that financial aid to Ukraine funds terrorist attacks against civilian infrastructure.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/04/2023
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, war crimes, NATO
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Disinfo: Moldova prepares a law allowing the sale of agricultural land to foreigners

A law on separatists is being adopted in Moldova and a law is being prepared on the sale of agricultural land to foreigners. The official language is also changing: not Moldovan but Romanian. It is already being said that Moldova will leave the CIS, Moldova will pressed into NATO.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Moldova is under foreign control and is losing its sovereignty, promoted many time before, especially during electoral campaigns in the country.

In fact, such a legal proposal or bill does not exist. Both the Moldovan Government and the Parliament denounced this statement as false. Currently, Moldovan legislation states that only non-agricultural or forestry lands owned by public authorities can be sold to foreigners. Similarly, the law also prohibits private owners from selling their agricultural land to foreigners. Foreign investors can buy lands in Moldova to develop an entrepreneurial activity, with the exception of agricultural land and forest land.

Disinfo: The US aims to create a universal biological weapon

The United States aims to create a universal biological weapon that can destroy not only people, but also animals and agricultural crops. Its use, among other things, involves causing large-scale and irreparable economic damage to the adversary.

For this purpose, Washington is strengthening its medical-biological activities in the post-Soviet space, modernising biological laboratories in accordance with American standards and trying to strengthen the control of national sanitary-epidemiological and veterinary services.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and biological weapons, which pro-Kremlin outlets and Russian authorities continue promoting despite repeated debunking. Consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia and other countries. The disinformation was deployed in an attempt to justify Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The ultimate goal of this disinformation story is to promote a years-long baseless narrative about US bio-laboratories for military purposes, falsely portraying US-funded research facilities in Ukraine and other countries as military sites, as pro-Kremlin disinformation deliberately blurred the line between biological weapons and biological research.

Disinfo: There is no freedom of speech in Europe

There is no freedom of speech in Europe. EU High Representative Josep Borrell reacted to the arrest of Evan Hershkovich in Russia, saying that “journalists should have a freedom to work and the right to protection”. Is Borrell going to call for the release of journalist Julian Assange, who was placed in a British prison for exposing US and NATO war crimes?


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about censorship and control of the media in the West.

A comparison between American journalist Evan Hershkovich who was arrested in Russia on March 29th and accused of espionage and Julian Assange is a typical "Whataboutism" technique, a rhetorical trick to deflect attention.