DISINFO: NATO and the EU inspire Ukraine to continue with Donbas conflict
  • Outlet: asd.news (archived)*
  • Date of publication: April 14, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 240
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia, EU
Donbas War in Ukraine NATO Military

DISINFO: NATO and the EU inspire Ukraine to continue with Donbas conflict


NATO is, by all means, urging Ukraine to continue with the conflict in Donbas. It is a military alliance, which should be concerned with security issues. However, it panders to Kyiv. Being in close contact with the Kyiv regime, NATO does not express concern over what is happening in Donbas, egging Kyiv politicians on instead. Children, women and elderly people are dying. The European Union, with its powerful economy, armed forces and intelligence services, is watching what is happening in the very heart of Europe. It is not just watching, it is inspiring the Kyiv regime. The EU has never called on Ukraine to return to the table of negotiations and stop the escalation. The EU has toughened its rhetoric towards Russia.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media about the West’s desire to use Ukraine as a bridgehead for an attack on Russia.

In reality, NATO is not just a military alliance. Being also a political one, it first and foremost strives to prevent conflict. In the case of Ukraine, NATO is trying to help it keep the hostilities from flaring up again. Its members cooperate with Ukraine, hold joint military training, and the United States extends military aid to it so that it can defend its territory from the enemy's attacks. Contrary to pro-Kremlin disinformation reports, NATO member states have never sent their troops to fight in Donbas, nor have they spurred Ukrainian troops into violent action.

Neither NATO nor the EU is trying to use Ukraine as a springboard for aggression against Russia. The West is doing all its best to make hostilities end and to alleviate the suffering of civilians in the war zone. Since hostilities broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the West has been calling on the warring sides for talks. The Minsk Agreements, which were signed in the Belarussian capital in 2014, laid foundations for a peaceful settlement. However, Russia and its proxies are constantly breaking them, placing the blame on the Ukrainian side. Russia is trying to portray Ukraine as the aggressor and itself as an intermediary. However, Russian officials at the same time do not conceal that they support the unrecognised separatist entities in eastern Ukraine.

In recent weeks, in April 2021, the European Union, incl the HRVP Borrell has reacted more strongly to the Russian military build-up and the Russia-backed separatists.

Read more disinformation claims about NATO’s purported involvement in Donbas.


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