Disinfo: Most European countries do not share the Polish opinion about the “Russian aggression” in Donbas

Summary

In terms of Donbas, Warsaw continues to use military rhetoric introduced by the former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The official Polish documents and statements speak about “Russian aggression”, but this point of view is not shared by most European countries.

Disproof

One of the most common disinformation narratives about the military conflict in Donbas, promoting the message that Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine and that the international community does not accuse Russia of any aggression against Ukraine.

All EU and NATO member states share the opinion that Russia continues to implement direct military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas and Crimea.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in 2015 Russia's military presence in Ukraine.

See similar cases connected to the War in Donbas: Germany, France and Ukraine admitted that they need a war in Donbas, Russia isn’t and wasn’t involved in the Donbas conflict and Moscow did not interfere in the armed conflict in Donbas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Poland, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Petro Poroshenko, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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Disproof

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Disproof

Disinformation about the Arab Spring presented with no evidence. This article’s message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about popular protests around the world allegedly incited and funded by the US and other Western states, including colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, the Arab Spring revolts, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. This narrative claims that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are "colour revolutions" directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change.

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