Disinfo: The Minsk Agreements say that it is a civil war in Ukraine


The Minsk Agreements say that the war in Ukraine is a civil war.


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

The text of the Minsk agreements contains no allegations that the conflict in Eastern Ukraine is a civil war.

Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity are continuously violated by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.



  • Reported in: Issue172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements


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There is no evidence of Russian aggression in Donbas

Official Kyiv demanded reparations from Russia for a destroyed economy, destroyed infrastructure of Donbas. They destroyed it, and Russia must pay reparations. In fact, Ukraine did not formally declare war on Russia. And certainly, it did not win. And no Russian aggression, even from a formal point of view, has been recorded either in the Minsk agreements or in the OSCE reports.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that Russia is not part of the conflict in Donbas, that Russia has nothing to do with the war in eastern Ukraine and that there is a “civil war” in Donbas.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The EU condemns the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Ukraine has no development strategy for Donbas

There is no development strategy for Donbas in Ukraine except to take billions from Russia. In Ukraine, even next year’s budget does not include funds for the Donbas. They are not going to reintegrate with anyone.


A recurring disinformation narrative that it's impossible to reconnect Donbas with Ukraine, and there is no willingness to do it.

On the contrary, the Donbas reintegration strategy is being developed at the state level. Between 2015-2019 it was the State Agency of Ukraine on the rehabilitation of the Donbas. The new government in Ukraine is planning to develop the Donbas reintegration plan by 2020.

Skripal case and MH17 accusations against Russia have no evidence – it is Russophobia

Britain has blamed Russia for an alleged nerve poison attack on former intelligence officer Sergey Skripal in 2018, without any evidence. The situation with discrimination against Russian media was worrying and resembled the Skripal case, in which nobody had explained anything. This is about Russophobia, the desire to justify one’s own failures and the unfair competition that goes with it.

The same applies to the Boeing of Malaysia Airlines. Dutch prosecutors say that an investigation is underway, while reparations have already been demanded from Russia. If Russia asks where the data from Ukrainian radars are, where the airlines’ communications data are, where the American satellite images are, it gets no answers. However, Russia still gets the blame.


No evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for the West blaming Russia for anything. This message also contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury and about the downing of the flight MH17.

In fact, there is no discrimination against Russia or Russophobia. Western media represent a wide range of opinions and do not follow a single editorial policy on any given topic.