Disinfo: Іn 2014, a Ukrainian junta and its US supporters provoked war in Donbas

Summary

At the end of February, the mass popular protest in the South-East of Ukraine, known as the "Russian Spring," will be seven years old. Tens of thousands of people from Odesa to Kharkiv did not accept the coup in Kyiv and took to the streets, showing that there are those in Ukraine who do not agree with the organisers, participants, and supporters of the putsch.

At the first stage, the peaceful popular movement was doomed, since the junta under the leadership of the Americans decided to start an armed coup and no protests could stop them.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray it as a civil war provoked by the Ukrainian government.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court 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 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 European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded Russia to stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and from the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded Russia to comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

According to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015

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  • Reported in: Issue 233
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Donbas
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Navalny supporters with flashlights are similar to traitors in besieged Leningrad

So, NATO gave orders to Navalny’s team – what steps to take next. This makes them agents of this organisation.

And again, it just so happened that the harmless flashlights in Gene Sharp’s training manual on organising colour revolutions are also spelled out – point number 24. It seems harmless, but during the blockade of Leningrad with the same lights – signal flares – the traitors pointed at the strategic objects of the city.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative from Pro-Kremlin media about Navalny being an agent of Western secret services or the West in general.

In relation to the ban on protest rallies in Russia, Navalny´s team indeed recommended to anyone supporting them to activate the flashlights on their mobiles at the same time on February 14. The comparison of this flashmob to the "actions of the traitors in besieged Leningrad" during World War II is outrageous and can be regarded an insult to Russian citizens who care for the destiny of their country.

The Council of Europe is silent about discrimination against Russian speakers in neighbouring countries

The Council of Europe is silent regarding discrimination against Russian people and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the three Baltic countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.

The Council of Europe is indifferent to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the Baltic states

The lack of a proper reaction to discrimination against Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine and the Baltic states undermines the authority of the Council of Europe.

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The Council of Europe should not regard the glorification of Nazi collaborators and the violation of the rights of Russian-speaking people in some Post-Soviet states with indifference.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.