Disinfo: Kyiv is imposing a siege on Donbas

Summary

We hope that the siege imposed by Kyiv on Donbas will be lifted as soon as possible.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray the Ukrainian government as the aggressor in the Donbas, when in fact Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces.

The territories of Donbas are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has stressed on several occasions that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 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.

See similar cases that territories of Donbas are under Ukrainian occupation and that Ukraine instigated a civil war in Donbas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Ukrainian statehood
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The entire civilised West is now declaring war against China

How is it possible that Ukrainians, part of the European nation, receive help from communist China, against which the entire civilised West is now declaring war. Ukrainians are therefore traitors to the civilised West.

Disproof

The West has not declare war against China. However, there is a question about the investigation into the origins of the pandemic. EU has supported a project from the World Health Organisation to performing an independent probe into the causes of the pandemic.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: The West plans to attack China financially for the coronavirus outbreak just as it did to Russia and The "Operation COVID-19" should have led to the overthrow of three world leaders.

Russia has the right to reclaim the original Russian lands from Ukraine

There should be friendly states along the perimeter of the Russian Federation that recognise the special role of Russia in the post-Soviet space. States that pursue an anti-Russian policy must understand: Russia will not make any concessions.

Russia has all the rights to reclaim the original Russian lands of southeastern Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine in 2014.

Sanctions cost Europe more than they cost Russia

The calls to lift sanctions on Russia are not new. Since the introduction of European sanctions in 2014 after the re-annexation of Crimea to Russia, we increasingly hear these calls from many countries because Europe, European businessmen and politicians know that these sanctions not only harm Russia but more severely harm the European economy, whose losses amount to tens of billions of euros. The sanctions led to the bankruptcy of many European companies and businessmen, so we see repeated calls for the lifting of sanctions on Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western sanctions on Russia and US presence in Europe. You can see other examples herehere, and here.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.