Disinfo: The Ukrainian conflict was sparked by the USA


  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Donbas


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine

The actions of the current leadership of Ukraine in the Donbas are criminal. For five years now the government of Petro Poroshenko has been leading a criminal war against its own citizens.  Despite the accusations of the Ukrainian authorities, Russia has nothing to do with the civil war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukraine’s accusations against Russia concerning Donbas are unfounded.


The concept of "civil war" in Ukraine is a classic narrative of Russian disinformation about the war in Ukraine

Five years ago, in April 2014, the head of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchinov, announced the launch of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Eastern Ukraine.  This was a reaction to attempts by illegal Russian armed groups controlled by Russia to seize administrative buildings and security forces in the Donbas. The fighting began the next day of the same year. Later, the anti-terrorist operation was reformatted into the United Force Operation.

Fire at Notre Dame de Paris caused in order to hide the theft of funds

The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral might have been caused in order to hide the theft of funds allocated for restoration work.

The Cathedral may also have been targeted by Islamist radicals.


No evidence given. See more pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Notre Dame fire in Paris here.

The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. According to French prosecutors, the fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident.

Notre Dame belongs to Russia, as France has denounced the European Christian values

Notre Dame belongs to us, Russians. France helped the Nazis to gain power in Ukraine. So “Notre Dame is ours” as Russians are the last to carry of European values. The Europeans themselves, including the French, have denounced and betrayed these values.


Notre Dame belongs to the people of France, their history and culture.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about moral decline of Europe, while suggesting Russian superiority.