Disinfo: Russia helped reduce the intensity of the local conflict in eastern Ukraine


With Russia’s help, it became possible to achieve a drastic reduction in bombing intensity in eastern Ukraine, and to generally maintain a ceasefire between the parties of the local Ukrainian conflict.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, presenting it as a “civil war” in Donbas.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a "local conflict" but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

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 and demanded Russia to stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and from the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

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

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Donbas rebelled because Russians in Ukraine were subjected to ethnocide, that after Euromaidan Ukraine lost its sovereignty and is falling apart, that the Euromaidan coup led to civil war in Donbas, or that Ukraine committed a crime by attacking its citizens in Donbas in 2014.


  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood


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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