Disinfo: Russia is not a part in the conflict in Donbas


Ukrainian authorities keep calling Russia the “aggressor”. However, the Russian authorities have repeatedly reminded that Moscow is not a party to the conflict. Russia is part of the Normandy process for the Ukrainian settlement, and also participated in the drafting of the Minsk agreements, which aim to put an end to the conflict in the Donbas.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that Russia is not part of the conflict in Donbas, that Russia has nothing to do with the war in eastern Ukraine and that there is a “civil war” in Donbas.

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.


  • Reported in: Issue171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, 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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The Moldovan government has approved the construction of US military targets near Transnistria region

The Moldovan government has earlier approved the construction of US military targets near Bulboaca – a few kilometers from Tiraspol and Bender. Americans invested about two million dollars for modernising this base, intended for the training of special troops. The Pentagon already has one foot in Moldova.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about encircling Russia and US control on Est countries.The Training Center of the National Army - located in Bulboaca, near Transnistria region – was renovated at the beginning of 2019, within the framework of the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), funded by the U.S. Government, as is confirmed by the Ministry of Defense of Moldova in a informative note sent to the Stopfals.md portal. It is not a ”US military target” on the Moldova territory, built by Americans. The Ministry also noted that there are no foreign military objects and no country builds such targets on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

”During the period 2017-2019, the Global Initiative for Peacekeeping Operations (GPOI) is carried out at the National Army Training Center. The respective program aims to develop the training and training capabilities of the National Army personnel for participating in peacekeeping operations and modernising the training and logistics infrastructure of the center,” the Ministry of Defense says.

Greek church is going to incorporate the church of Tskhinvali

First, Greece recognised Ukraine’s [church] and now Greece has started talks about Tskhinvali, as if it is an independent diocese and has to be subordinated under the Greek church.


The claim that the Greek church is going to recognize Tskhinvali church [in a breakaway Georgian territory] as an independent eparchy is a conspiracy theory and has no proof.

The disinformation narrative was disseminated after the recognition of the Ukrainian church, alleging that Constantinople would recognize the independence of the churches of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

American Armenians lobby for Syrian Armenians to settle in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti region

An analyst from the Heritage Foundation, Luke Coffey, voiced the idea of the Armenian lobby in the US, to bring Syrian Armenians to Georgia and to settle them under the protection of the US military base in Samtskhe-Javakheti. If the US military base opens in Akhalkalaki, it will be followed by support “civilian personnel” of Armenian nationality.


A conspiracy theory on Armenian lobby and the settlement of Syrian Armenians in Georgia. The narrative has no proof or any legitimate source. The conspiracy aims at sowing fears and inciting Armenophobia.

In fact, Luke Coffey tweeted about his proposal to deploy the US troops leaving Syria in Akhalkalaki, Georgia. He has also noted that this idea is not being considered by the US government.