DISINFO: NATO and US push Ukraine to war with Donbas
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DISINFO: NATO and US push Ukraine to war with Donbas


The West is pushing Ukraine to war. Today, the country is being crammed with offensive weapons, many of which are already on the front line [in Donbas]. The United States and other countries do not stop there. They pay for mercenaries and specialists who train Ukrainian soldiers to fight against the civilian population of Donbas. All this suggests one thing: NATO, and, in particular, the US, demand that Kyiv repeat the 2014 scenario.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that it is the West, not Russia, fomenting the war in Ukraine. This claim is a part of a wider disinformation campaign, as our article explains, aiming to deflect attention away from Russia’s military build-up on its border with Ukraine since late October 2021.

Neither the US nor NATO nor the West push Ukraine to the war in Donbas. The weapons that Ukraine received in recent weeks are of defensive nature. These weapons are intended to use against possible further Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists. Despite all this Russia officially denies its military presence in Donbas.

See similar disinformation cases in our database: Accusations against Russia intend to divert attention from Ukraine's attempts to disrupt peaceful settlement of Donbas conflict; Chemical weapons "provocations" are prepared in Donbas; the West is preparing provocations in Ukraine.


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