Disinfo: Russia is not a party to the Minsk Agreement

Summary

Since 2014, Ukraine has been witnessing an acute political-military crisis that erupted after the change of authority in Kyiv following widespread demonstrations with the support of the West and the intense participation of the nationalist forces in the country.

In the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, which is inhabited by a majority Russian-speaking population, a war broke out between local forces and the government, while the local population announced the establishment of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics in April 2014, which do not enjoy any international recognition.

Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is not part of the terms of the Minsk agreements on settling this conflict, accusing the authorities in Kyiv of seeking to resolve it through military means.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Eastern Ukraine, presenting the conflict as a “civil war” while denying the role of Russian forces. The article also claims that the creation of DPR and LPR came as a response to the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv, often painted as a coup d'état.

Ukraine is not at war with millions of people in the Donbas region as pro-Kremlin disinformation often likes to present it (see our article the Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine - More Myths). The aim of these messages is to present the situation in Eastern Ukraine as an internal conflict, ignoring irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in the region since February 2014.

The involvement of Russian personnel and equipment has been well documented already for years, making it part of the conflict in Donbas, and is, consequently, bound by the Minsk agreements.

Ukrainian troops have seized several Russian active-duty soldiers in Donbas since the war broke out in 2014. Russia has been supplying the separatists with weapons. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged Russian military presence in Donbas, adding that they were not servicemen. However, he admitted Moscow’s military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. Separatist leaders themselves admit that there are a lot of Russian servicemen in Donbas, who fight there while on vacation from duty in Russia.

The destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea have been condemned by the Council of the European Union and led to restrictive measures since 2014.

The EU is among the strongest advocates of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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