Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine

Summary

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.

Disproof

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.

After the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbas, there was a reaction from the United States and the European Union, which imposed the first sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. Anti-Russian restrictions have been repeatedly extended and supplemented.

Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the east of the country. In January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that Kyiv filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with the aim of bringing Russia to responsibility for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination, which are the result of its illegal aggression against Ukraine.  The lawsuit contains all the facts of Russian aggression against Ukraine, evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of Donbas.

In addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in April 2018 at the official level found Russia guilty of occupying Donbas. The Assembly’s report introduced the concept of "temporarily occupied territories (of Ukraine) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by the Russian occupation administration".

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  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, Donbas, Sanctions
  • Outlet: RT Russia
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Ukraine will not be accepted into NATO due to the occupation of the Crimea and Donbas

Ukraine will not be accepted into the ranks of  NATO because of the military conflict in the territory of the state. The dreams of the government of Petro Poroshenko about Euro-Atlantic integration are in vain, since NATO has stated that they are not going to accept Ukraine until all territorial problems in the country are resolved. NATO, according to its charter, cannot accept a country that has territorial disputes to join.

Disproof

The North Atlantic Treaty states that the territorial disputes of a country cannot become an obstacle to obtaining membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. The document states that a country that has occupied parts can join NATO.

Moreover, in the history of the Alliance, there are at least three cases in which a country with territorial disputes joined the ranks of NATO, the Mission of Ukraine to NATO saidArticles 5 and 6 of the North Atlantic Treaty detail the concept of collective defence and its functioning. It was these articles that at one time regulated the entry into NATO of Greece and Turkey - therefore, Ukraine, from this perspective, would not have problems entering the Alliance.

“Civilized” Europe is silent about the Karabakh conflict

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan is a very important partner for the European Union, whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity the European Union fully supports.

EU doesn’t recognise the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan

The main reason for keeping the details of the European Union’s “Priorities of Cooperation” hidden from the public, which is due to be signed on May 13, is the fact that the agreement does not refer to Nagorno-Karabakh as an integral part of Azerbaijan.  The European Union refuses to accept this item.

Disproof

Azerbaijan is a very important partner for the European Union, whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity the European Union fully supports.

EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini commented "Another of our priorities that we discussed at length today is the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Just last week, we witnessed a positive meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. This, combined with the Paris Agreement in January that Foreign Ministers reached, increased communications at high level, and a significant decrease in ceasefire violations, give us some hope that the process can move forward and that both countries would follow up on their commitments and enter into negotiations without pre-conditions."