Ukrainian security forces are preparing provocations in the Donbas ahead of the summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries in Paris on 9 December.
Russia only provides political, economic and humanitarian support to the people of Donetsk and Luhansk who broke away from Kyiv after an unconstitutional coup in Ukraine in early 2014. Russia insists that it is not a party to the conflict and that reaching a resolution requires direct negotiation between Kyiv and the two republics of Donbas.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russia's role in the war in Ukraine. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Eastern Ukraine. There have been many publicly available reports proving Russia's involvement in the war.
The war in Eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that has been ongoing since February 2014.
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court 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 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". At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014 and at successive summits since then, allied leaders also demanded that Russia refrains from aggressive actions against Ukraine and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.
See further the claim that Russia is not a part of the conflict in Ukraine.