DISINFO: NATO needs Ukraine's army only as "cannon fodder"
  • Outlet: russtrat.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 15, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine
NATO EU/NATO enlargement Jens Stoltenberg Anti-Russian Provocation Warmongering

DISINFO: NATO needs Ukraine's army only as "cannon fodder"


It is obvious that Germany and France are at the forefront of the countries opposing Ukraine's accession to NATO. They understand that this will sharply increase tensions on the European continent and will not contribute to the establishment of normal relations with Russia.

At the same time, the current status of Ukraine is beneficial for carrying out a provocation against Russia by unleashing a full-scale military conflict in Donbas with the aim of drawing Moscow into it. If something goes wrong, then NATO has no legal obligation to Ukraine to enter this war. And the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in this case, will fulfill their role of "cannon fodder".


This is a recurring disinformation narrative about aggressive NATO, claiming that the Alliance is preparing a war with Russia and using Ukraine for its belligerent plans.

NATO or Ukraine are not preparing military provocations in Donbas or against Russia. Kyiv has repeatedly stated that it is not interested in escalation and that it prefers a peaceful solution to the Donbas conflict. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Minsk agreements are the only option to end the war.

Neither NATO member states nor any other Western nations or agencies are involved in this conflict. The West is assisting Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.

NATO is not involved in fighting in Eastern Ukraine. In response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO has reinforced its support for capability development and capacity-building in Ukraine. The Allies continue to condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and its destabilising and aggressive activities in Eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. Read more about NATO relations with Ukraine here.

For the broader EU support to Ukraine see details here. About the recent EU-Ukraine Summit held on 12 October 2021 see here and here.


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