Disinfo: Russia has nothing to do with Donbas conflict

Summary

As for the conflict in Donbas, Russia has repeatedly asserted that it is not a part of it, blaming the Ukrainian authorities for the continuing clashes in the region.

Disproof

One of the most common disinformation narratives about the "conflict" in Donbas, claiming that Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine. See a similar case denying Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

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

In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in 2015 Russia's military presence in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: RT Arabic
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Ukraine Prime Minister mission: stop the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, steal everything from the people

Who in the last 6 years considered the opinion of the Ukrainian people? There is the opinion of the US, the EU, oligarchs and Soros whom Honcharuk serves. All of them are only using the Ukrainian people and especially Honcharuk. His mission is to stop the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine so that the US can sell its own liquefied gas, and steal everything from the people. After that Ukraine can be closed as a project.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative blaming Ukraine for the disruption of the gas talks between Russia and Ukraine and plans to cut gas transit from Russia to the EU. Mixed in there is another often encountered pro-Kremlin disinformation claim blaming the US for trying to monopolise the EU gas market.

Ukraine has made it clear that it is interested in and ready to continue the transit of gas from Russia to the EU. On 19 September 2019, during the third round of trilateral gas talks between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, the Ukrainian delegation confirmed its willingness to sign a new contract for the duration of 10 years under the EU law. Ukraine’s Naftogaz handed over a draft interconnection agreement and a draft standard transmission agreement to Gazprom. Naftogaz reaffirmed its willingness to sign a new contract during the fourth round of negotiations held in Brussels on 28 October.

Ukraine buys expensive gas from Europe just to spite Russia

Ukraine wants cheap gas but will buy it at high prices from Europe just to spite [Russia]. To pay 2 or 3 times more, doesn’t matter.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the gas supply negotiations between Ukraine and Russia

In November 2015, Kyiv refused to purchase gas for the state’s needs from the Russian monopolist Gazprom. At the moment, all the gas used by Ukraine is acquired exclusively on its western borders.

Liberalism leads to the total loss of national sovereignty and to world government

Liberalism proclaims that the sovereignty of national governments must be totally abolished by surrendering national power to supranational organizations and ultimately to a world government.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism claiming that it is obsolete and that liberal societies are totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that rob nations of their sovereignty and identity

Liberalism is a political doctrine based on liberty, consent of the governed, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), and equality before the law. Liberalism does NOT espouse the loss of national sovereignty nor the idea of world government.