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.


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.

During a telephone conversation on March 31, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba informed his US counterpart Antony Blinken about Russia's systematic aggravation of the security situation at the contact line in Donbas and in Crimea. The US expressed concern over the situation.

Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief, General Ruslan Khomchak, said on 30 March that Russian troops are building up their military presence near the Ukrainian borders, which is a threat to Ukraine’s security, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready to fend off a potential Russian attack. The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issues daily reports about the security situation in the war zone.

Read more pro-Kremlin disinformation reports about Ukraine’s allegedly breaking the truce.


  • Reported in: Issue 238
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Donbas, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements
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Disinfo: The EU gives Ukraine carte blanche on repressive policy

Ukraine has received a carte blanche from the European Union to pursue a repressive policy, which includes the introduction of censorship, the elimination of political opposition and the persecution of dissidents. Leading European politicians do not care about human rights abuses in post-Maidan Ukraine because they see it as the main testing ground for the containment of Russia.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media outlets.

EU promote political freedom in Ukraine with free media and absence of censorship. The EU also issued a strong statement in July 2020 that criticised a parliamentary bill aimed at regulating the media. The statement called on Kyiv to hold public hearings on that bill and harmonise it with EU regulations. In accordance with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Ukraine has agreed to correlate its media legislation with European standards.

Disinfo: Western countries attempt to carry out a coup in Belarus

Sanctions were imposed on the import of European goods and services in light of attempts by Western countries to carry out a coup in the republic.

As [...] reported, the pro-Western opposition in Belarus has been trying to launch a revolutionary scenario since last year. The coup plotters are supported by Western countries. Poland and Lithuania are directly supervising the coup.

The reason for this venturous plan was the presidential election. Alexander Lukashenko won it, but both the European Union and the USA refused to recognise the results of the vote.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a coup or colour revolution in Belarus.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August 2020, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called Belarusian elections neither free nor fair.

Disinfo: Events in Myanmar are Western anti-Chinese provocation

It is wrong to designate a political regime in Myanmar as junta because the military just used their constitutional rights to replace the government following the rigged elections just like it had happened in the US.

The news about killed protesters in Myanmar cannot be trusted because it is published by global news agencies. Organisations like the Burma Human Rights Network are based in western countries and feed the public with the information they want.

The tactics used in Myanmar are similar to those previously used in Belarus, Russia, and Hong Kong. It consists of provocations with the aim to incite a civil war. Protesters take hostages or attack them in order to provoke the military, particularly against kids. Protesters attack the armed military personnel and kids must be present in the crowd where such protesters hide. Moreover, protesters make arsons which also amounts to terrorism.

The ultimate target of Myanmar events is China. Everything that has been happening in Myanmar over the last 30 years, was aimed at disruption of Myanmar-China ties.


This publication provides a manipulative view on events in Myanmar and serves as an example of a big conspiracy, which groundlessly attributes groundbreaking events in Belarus, Myanmar, Russia and elsewhere to vicious activities of some western actors.

There is no evidence supporting the claims about events in Myanmar as an anti-Chinese provocation by outside forces. Read our past analysis "Why authoritarians love the concept of the big conspiracy" and a similar earlier disinformation case claiming that London-based headquarters organise colour revolutions in Belarus, Myanmar, Russia, and the US.