Disinfo: Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against Donbas, because they refused to recognise the results of the coup

Summary

In the statements of the military-political leadership of Ukraine, and in the actions of Ukraine, the handwriting of the West, the tool of Satan is obvious. Well, if they are blinded by anti-Russian hatred to such an extent that they have lost the last remnants of common sense and are ready to burn in the fires of a war hell, there will be no shortage of this fire.

Since 2014, Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbas, who refused to recognise the results of the coup and the new government of Ukraine and proclaimed their independence.

Disproof

Mix of the several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in eastern Ukraine, presenting the conflict as a “civil war”, a war against its own people in Donbas and alleging that Ukraine is under external control. The article also claims that the creation of DPR and LPR came as a response to the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv, often painted as a coup d'état.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests.

The war in Ukraine is not a civil conflict, where Ukraine is attacking Donbas, but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

Third, the West does not push Ukraine to an escalation in Donbas. This disinformation is used to distract attention from a renewed build-up of Russian armed forces along the Ukrainian borders in April 2021. Significant amounts of Russian heavy armament and equipment is maintained in the regions near the Ukrainian border contributing to heightened tension. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasised many times that Ukraine is not interested in resuming the conflict in Donbas. Ukraine, according to Zelenskyy, is committed to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

See similar cases claiming that Donetsk and Luhansk proclaimed independence following Kyiv nationalist coup, that Donetsk and Luhansk went independent due to the coup, that the West pushes Ukraine to the mass destruction of Russians and Ukrainians.

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  • Reported in: Issue 242
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas, DPR, LPR, Coup, Civil war, West
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Disinfo: Czech allegations against Russia aim to overshadow failed attempt on Lukashenka's life

The US State Department immediately declared that they are not involved in any plot to make an attempt on [Lukashenka's life]. That is, they are not denying the conspiracy itself but only declared that they are not involved. However, who is going to believe the Americans now? In an absolutely similar manner, they were denying their involvement in the coup attempts in Venezuela and in the attempt on Maduro's life.

The US pretends that nothing has happened and the case of the detained US citizen is planned to be dealt with as normal. However, judging by the events that immediately took place in Czechia, the United States admitted its failure. The thing is that Czechia, all of a sudden, announced that military warehouses on its territory were blown up by Russians back in 2014. This whole story is meant to serve as a cover-up for the failed coup d'etat in Belarus.

Disproof

An unsubstantiated claim about the explosion of an ammunition depot in Czechia in 2014, attempting to ridicule the revelations about GRU's involvement as an 'American attempt to cover a failed attempt on Lukashenka's life'. The second claim is also not supported by any evidence.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the temporary Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček announced on 17 April that the Czech intelligence services collected evidence demonstrating Russian involvement in the 2014 Vrbětice explosion. More specifically, it implicates Unit 29155, a division of Russia's GRU agency previously linked to "assassination attempts and other subversive actions across Europe." According to Mr Babiš, the first discussions around the GRU’s involvement took place on the 7th of April 2021.

Disinfo: The escalation in Donbas is part of a US destabilisation pattern in post-Soviet states

The US wants to divide the Eurasian alliance by encircling Russia as much as possible. How to do it? By looking for a provocation, activating the Donbass conflict and throwing gasoline on the flames, which may get out of control [...]. The US is decided to put Russia in a disastrous situation throughout the post-Soviet environment: war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the coup in Kyrgyzstan, the coup in Belarus, the government change and pressure over Moldova, the harassment of Nord Stream 2, the mermaid songs that we are hearing towards Georgia. It is all about encircling and setting up a provocation, while the West only points to the other side as the threat. The US states it clearly in its documents, for example in “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia” of the RAND Corporation.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about encircling Russia, popular protests as the result of Western-led colour revolutions and Russia as the ultimate target of international events. In this case, these narratives aim to blame the West for the recent escalation in Donbas, exempting Russia of any responsibility for its military buildup in the Ukrainian border.

Contrary to the claim, the escalation of tensions is not due to any US or Western provocation. 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 July 2020.

Disinfo: The West ignored the murder of a 6-year old child in a Ukrainian bombing in Donbas

These are the values of the West: an attack by Kyiv in Donbas killed a 6-year old child and the West did not comment. Neither the executors of the attack nor their Western backers minded that one of the victims was this child. A statement by the French and German foreign ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas didn’t mention this, it only showed their concern by the escalation of the conflict and its support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and denounced Russia for moving troops inside Russian territory.

The death, or rather the murder, of this innocent child is already being investigated by the UN, while the incident has been silenced by the media.

Disproof

This is a deliberate disinformation narrative about the Ukrainian army and the West, without a factual basis. While it is true that on April 6, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed the death of a child “due to blast trauma and shrapnel wounds”, according to research by Russian and Ukrainian journalists who investigated the incident his death was not the result of a bombing by the Ukrainian army but an accident with explosives or old ammunition,.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets such as RT German had initially spread information that a child allegedly died as a result of a Ukrainian drone attack in the NGCA [Non-Government-controlled-area] of Donbas, in the village of Oleksandrivske. The claim about a drone bombing was debunked by military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko, who wrote that an unmanned aircraft could not reach Oleksandrivske because the distance from the village to the government-controlled territory is about 30 kilometres. Then, the narrative in these pro-Kremlin disinformation pieces in Spanish language ignored the alleged presence of a drone and shifted the claim towards a generic “bombing” of unspecified origin.