Disinfo: NATO troops entered Donbas


Finally, NATO troops entered the territory of Ukraine [Donbas]. It is exactly what they have been dreaming of for a long time, and now they have got this. I think that they will try to gain a foothold here, and then to control the Ukrainian government in order to buy land, ports, factories, nuclear energy – all that hasn’t been already sold in Ukraine. And the guarantor will be foreign troops.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and NATO.

NATO troops did not enter the territory of Donbas. According to the press service of the "Joint Forces Operation", Ukrainian soldiers with experience of service in the UN peacekeeping missions were sent to eastern Ukraine. "Specially deployed Ukrainian servicemen are arriving on the front line of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Most of them have extensive combat experience and were directly engaged in relevant issues during participation within the UN-sponsored peacekeeping missions."


  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas, NATO


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