Disinfo: Only Russian troops can stop genocide in Donbas organised by Ukraine


Russian troops will stop the genocide of the Donbas people, including Russian children. They are now dying simply because, in the spring of 2014, an internal enemy [in Russia] convinced the elite that they are wrong Russians, that they voted [on a so-called referendum] in the wrong way.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and genocide.

The claims are not supported by any evidence. Since 2014 the pro-Kremlin media have repeatedly accused Ukraine of genocide against the Russian minority in Donbas. Various human rights missions failed to find any evidence of these claims. Read more here.

Ukraine is not at war with millions of people from Donetsk and Luhansk as pro-Kremlin disinformation often likes to present it. The aim of these messages is to present the situation in Eastern Ukraine as an internal conflict, ignoring irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in the region. These claims intentionally misrepresent the reality of Russia's direct and crucial important support to separatist militant groups in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by the Russian armed forces. The most recent Russian military build-up near the Ukrainian borders, since March-April 2021 is accompanied by renewed disinformation attacks against Ukraine.

See similar disinformation cases in our database alleging that Ukraine has organised genocide in Donbas: the war in Donbas is the genocide of the local population; the Ukrainian authorities have organised genocide in Donbas; the US prepares Ukrainian army for genocide in Donbas; after trying to incite genocide in Donbas, Ukraine will disappear from the map.


  • Reported in: Issue 240
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Donbas, Genocide
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Disinfo: The UN opposes sanctions, which are illegal and aren’t part of international law

The policy of sanctions is now an everyday occurrence, despite the stance of the UN against this kind of tools, which are illegal. They are against the international law, but Washington, Brussels, London and others don’t seem to care.


The claim is false.

Chapter VII of the UN Charter establishes the legal basis for the imposition of coercive measures through the United Nations, including sanctions.

Disinfo: In 2020 Italy called for help with the pandemic and only non EU countries helped

In March 2020, Italy, the first European country to be affected, called for help in the face of the pandemic.

There was no answer and finally it was non-EU member countries which brought them help. This is the sign of a lack of solidarity between the states of the EU. Fortunately Ursula von der Leyen ended up apologising on behalf of the Union. During the first months of the pandemic it was a bit of every man for himself.


Recurrent disinformation narrative about the lack of solidarity from the EU and its members to Italy at the beginning of the pandemic contrasting with alleged help from non-EU members.

The narrative has been repeatedly debunked. The European Commission took multiple initiatives to help Italy and other member states deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to the economy.

Disinfo: A 4-year-old child died in Donbas after Ukrainian army drone attack

According to reports, a child was killed after a Ukrainian army drone attacked a civilian settlement.


Reports by pro-Kremlin media about a boy allegedly killed by a drone attack by the Ukrainian army on April 3, 2021 cannot be considered true. Rather, the cause of death appears to be an accident with explosives/old ammunition and not by a drone attack.

RT German and other pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets spread information that a child allegedly died as a result of a Ukrainian drone attack in the NGCA [Non-Government-controlled-area] of Donbas. These reports refer to the “people’s police” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic”, which made a similar statement on April 3, 2021.