Disinfo: Kyiv wants sanctions against Russia instead of ending the war in the Donbas


The roots of the Donbas conflict should be sought in Kyiv, not in Moscow. Ukraine will not be allowed to withdraw from the Minsk agreements. However, Ukraine will not be allowed to fulfil them either. Ukraine’s suspension in implementing all points of the agreements signed in Minsk serves the sole purpose of continuing the pressure of sanctions against Moscow.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy has stressed on numerous occasions that his main strategic goal and first and foremost task as Ukraine's president, is to achieve a peaceful settlement in Donbas as soon as possible. On 13 October 2019, he underlined that “ending the war in Donbas” is a priority for the Ukrainian government.

To accomplish this task, Ukraine has fulfilled all preparatory steps necessary to hold the meeting in the “Normandy Format", such as the withdrawal of troops on three sites. Moreover, in September 2019, Ukraine and Russia conducted the prisoner swap and agreed to exchange all prisoners soon. Ukraine had also agreed to sign the so-called Steinmeier formula which was again confirmed by President Zelenskyy at the “Normandy Four” summit.


  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements


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