Disinfo: Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine

Summary

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.

Disproof

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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: RT Arabic
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Kyiv plans to carry out another provocation in the Donbas before the “Normandy four summit”

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.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine portraying Ukraine as an aggressor, and this conflict as an internal one. Similar cases can be consulted such as "Ukraine started the war in Donbas, it is an aggressor", "Kyiv refuses to clear up its mines in Donbas", etc.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reports on a daily basis on violations and the presence of weapons, which are deployed in violation of the withdrawal lines. Such violations are recorded on both sides of the conflict.

All countries use doping

All athletes are dirty: we must have the facts that American athletes use it [doping], German athletes use it, French athletes use it. There’s no way one country is doing it and all the others are clean.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. The disinformation message is an example of "whataboutism": attempting to discredit an opponent’s position by accusing them of hypocrisy, typically with no  evidence.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from participating in major sport events for 4 years. The unanimous decision by WADA's executive committee was made after Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared uncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries.

Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process

Crimea rejoined Russia after the referendum that took place in March 2014, when 96.77 percent of voters in the Crimean Republic and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol residents voted in favour of joining Russia. This was after the overthrow of the regime in Ukraine in February 2014. The Russian leadership has announced many times that the Crimean people have expressed their desire to join Russia again, during a democratic process that fully responds to the requirements of international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014.