Majority of Ukrainians Consider Donbas Conflict a Civil War

Summary

The majority of Ukrainians do not believe Ukrainian authorities’ statements about Russian aggression in the east of the country and 63 percent of them consider the conflict to be a civil war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on civil war in Ukraine.

In fact Simon Weiss, a fellow at the German think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, said that most Ukrainians – 63 percent -would like to see a regional rather than an international approach to solving the conflict in Donbas. Further debunking by StopFake.

It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated 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. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 124
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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Ukrainian Deputy Minister Wants to Return Crimea with the Help of the Army

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Information Policy Emine Jepar wants to return Russian-annexed Crimea to the Ukrainian using the Ukrainian Army.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Information Policy Emine Jepar did touch upon the theme of returning Ukrainian jurisdiction over Crimea, but she did not speak about using the army to accomplish that goal. She simply said that Ukraine had to be ready for every eventuality, use all means to reclaim Crimea and be prepared for whatever unpredictable steps the Russian Federation takes regarding the peninsula.

OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas

In a recent interview, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, denied the presence of Russian military in Donbas, Ukraine.

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OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas; Kiev Lied.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine.

In fact, in his interview to "Foreign Policy", Mr Hug does not deny Russia's military presence in Ukraine. He actually seems to confirm it: "(...) We have seen convoys leaving and entering Ukraine on dirt roads in the middle of the night, in areas where there is no official crossing. In one border area, we’ve also made this public, including some footage we have put out. We have seen specific types of weapons that we have described in detail, including electronic warfare equipment. We have spoken to prisoners taken by the Ukrainian forces who claim to be members of the Russian armed forces fighting on rotation in Ukraine. We have seen men with the insignia of the Russian Federation, but you can buy this jacket anywhere. We have also seen the insignia of Germany, Spain, and others—but also of the Russians".