Russia did not start the war in Donbas

Summary
It was not Russia that started the war in Donbas.
Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that "the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.  This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February (2014) when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government."

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine and Russian involvement in the occupation of Crimea.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutsch
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Notre Dame de Paris burned due to radical tolerance

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Disproof

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Recurrent Russian media narrative on LGBT dictatorship in Europe which violates the rights of Christian believers.

The Ukrainian regime was brought to power by a coup d’état

The Ukrainian regime is supported by fascists and was brought to power by a coup d’état with the support of NATO and the EU.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Euromaidan.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

European leaders want to destroy Europe

Who believes Macron’s fake sorrow on the fate of Notre Dame? He is an atheist. European leaders have legalised gay marriages, they want to destroy Europe, just as they destroyed Serbia, Ukraine and attempted to destroy Russia. The Russians are the Christian Europe of today, a Europe of honour and faith, a Europe of knights, explorers and poets. This is us, Russia, the Russian World. We see how the heritage of a great civilisation is stolen from Europeans.

Disproof

The article uses racist language, encompassing a few disinformation narratives, such as a threat of islamisation and the collapse of Europe, while suggesting Russian superiority.

Conspiracies is an instrument often used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets.