DISINFO: Russia is not a party to the conflict and is not interested in a conflict with Ukraine
Russia is not a party to the conflict and is not interested in a conflict with Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated that Russia is not a party to the conflict and is not interested in a conflict with Ukraine, especially a military conflict. Moscow hopes that Ukraine will ‘show prudence and not take any steps that could provoke a conflict.’
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.
There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern 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".
Also, according to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.
Recently, since end of March / early April 2021, Russia has started to send troops to the Ukrainian border and increased bellicose language in key Russian state media. The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has expressed 'severe concern' over Russian military activity near Ukraine's border.
See also the Statement of 12 April by the G7 Foreign Ministers and the EU High Representative here. It addresses the "large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilising activities. We call on Russia to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations."
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