Disinfo: Kyiv plans to carry out another provocation in the Donbas before the “Normandy four summit”


Ukrainian security forces are preparing provocations in the Donbas ahead of the summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries in Paris on 9 December.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine portraying Ukraine as an aggressor, and this conflict as an internal one. Similar cases can be consulted such as "Ukraine started the war in Donbas, it is an aggressor", "Kyiv refuses to clear up its mines in Donbas", etc.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reports on a daily basis on violations and the presence of weapons, which are deployed in violation of the withdrawal lines. Such violations are recorded on both sides of the conflict.


  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France
  • Keywords: Provocation, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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