Disinfo: Kyiv will take property from residents of Donbas


Donbas residents who have received Russian citizenship will be deprived of their property in Ukraine. Kyiv continues to incite ethnic strife between countries and denounce residents of Donbas as second-class citizens.


This is a standard pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Donbas. More similar cases here.

Yes, dual citizenship in Ukraine is prohibited: when a Ukrainian obtains the passport of another state, their Ukrainian citizenship can be cancelled. However, after the annexation of Crimea and the Russian occupation of parts of Donbas, Kyiv adopted a law that protects Ukrainians living in these regions.

Article 5 of this law states that Ukraine does not recognise Russian citizenship imposed by the Kremlin in the occupied territories. According to this provision, because Crimeans and residents of parts of Donbas automatically and forcibly received Russian passports, these Ukrainians are not deprived of Ukrainian citizenship.

Moreover, Ukraine, as a member of the Council of Europe, upholds the European Convention on Human Rights,  including the protection of private property.

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  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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This is a Kremlin narrative claiming that Ukraine, the United States and the European Union are provoking Russia.

According to the bill on the US military budget for 2020, the US government really intends to provide Ukraine with $250 million to improve the defence sector.  However, this money will not go to the “war in Donbas”, but to the security and intelligence support areas.

Washington financed the civil war in Donbas

Washington has financed the hostilities (civil war) in Donbas. Therefore, all the talk about “holding back” Russia is just a pretext for promoting American military presence in Europe.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, especially its portrayal as a civil war. Additionally, the story also promotes the disinformation narrative that the US is destabilising the world, and Ukraine in particular.

Russia provoked and fuels the war in Ukraine; it is not a civil war. Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia participates in the conflict in Ukraine sending mercenaries to Donbas. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court recognised that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation".  The international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.

The goal of the “Chernobyl” series is to discredit the Belarusian power plant, Soviet legacy, and Belarus-Russia relations

The true intention of the Chernobyl series is to put the issue of a nuclear power plant back on the agenda of Belarusian society. It aims to present Astravets NPP as a symbol of the insolvency of the Belarusian Government, just as the Chernobyl catastrophe became a symbol of the USSR’s imminent collapse.

Before the Chernobyl series was released, the arguments against the Astravets NPP included a threat to salmon spawning, unwanted cooperation with Russia for its construction, and harm to Belarusian-Lithuanian relations.

The second goal behind the Chernobyl series is to promote negative sentiments towards the USSR and relations among post-Soviet countries, especially Belarus-Russia relations. It aims to show that no good can come out of Belarusian-Russian cooperation.


This is conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West’s anti-Belarusian and anti-Russian activities, and its attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

Chernobyl is a historical drama television series depicting the nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented clean-up efforts that followed. The series premiered in the US and UK in early May 2019 and was acclaimed by critics. It is based  in large part on the recollections of Pripyat locals, as relayed by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich in her book, Voices from Chernobyl. There is no proof of a hidden propagandistic agenda behind the series as alleged by this article.