Disinfo: Russia is not a threat to Ukraine and is not involved in the war in Ukraine


The official representatives of Ukraine and NATO are constantly using anti-Russian rhetoric and misrepresenting Russia as a threat to Ukraine. Kyiv and the West accuse Russia of direct involvement in the war in Ukraine without presenting any evidence. After the coup in Ukraine in 2014, the new Ukrainian government has hypocritically claimed it does not want a war with Russia, while simultaneously pursuing membership in NATO.


A mixture of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine, falsely portraying Ukraine and the West as aggressors and Russia as a benign actor.

The on-going buildup of massive Russian military forces along the Ukrainian borders are obviously designed to threaten Kyiv.

The claim that there was a coup in Ukraine in 2014 is a prevailing pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine’s Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. Comprehensive debunks of this claim can be found in the EUvsDisinfo database.

Even though officially a state of war between Russia and Ukraine has never been announced, there is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine since February 2014. The involvement of Russian personnel and equipment has been well documented for years and includes firing artillery over the border into Ukraine, the deployment of armoured vehicles and troops in contested provinces of Eastern Ukraine, the use of non-state actors such as Russian private military companies, and the launching of thousands of cyber attacks against Ukrainian targets.

Ukraine’s government is not duplicitous for wanting to become a member of NATO and avoid a war with Russia. These two options are not mutually exclusive. As an independent country, Ukraine is free to pursue membership in NATO, a defensive alliance whose activities are not directed against Russia or any other country for that matter. In practice, Russia is unlawfully threatening Ukraine with further use of armed force in order to deter Ukraine from pursuing closer relations with NATO and the West in general.

See similar disinformation cases claiming that there was a coup in Ukraine in February 2014, that Ukraine tries to drag Russia into hostilities in Donbas, that the civil war in Ukraine started because of NATO, and that Russia is not part of the internal conflict in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, Europe
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood, Military, NATO, EU/NATO enlargement
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Disinfo: Donetsk and Luhansk were attacked by Kyiv after opposing the coup

In April of 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the residents of the unilaterally declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as an expression of their opposition to the coup that took place in Ukraine in February of the same year.


Recurring disinformation message about war in Ukraine and Euromaidan protests.

The war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces and is not an internal conflict. The involvement of Russian personnel and equipment in the creation of the DPR and LPR has been well documented already for years. The destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea has been condemned by the Council of the European Union and led to restrictive measures since 2014.

Disinfo: Biden is least popular US president since WWII

Amid record-high inflation and prices, few Americans are impressed with President Joe Biden's performance so far. In fact, his current approval rating makes him the least popular US president since WWII.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning current US President Joe Biden.

The segment does not cite any specific sources to back its allegation of Biden's unpopularity among Americans. However, even a cursory glance at historical approval numbers of US presidents shows that the current American leader is far from being the least popular since WWII.

Disinfo: Campaign against Russia is a distraction from Ukraine’s military operation in Donbas

The ongoing campaign against Russia may be used to distract from a possible military operation of Ukraine in Donbas. The accusations against Russia about potential aggression against Ukraine may serve as a smokescreen to hide Kyiv’s plans to solve by force the problem of the self-proclaimed Popular Republics in the east of the country.


This is part of a current disinformation campaign aiming to deflect attention away from Russia’s military buildup on its border with Ukraine since late October 2021 by accusing Ukraine of “preparing an aggression”, a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Contrary to the claim, reports and expressions of concern on military preparations and mobilisation of Russian troops is not a “campaign against Russia”, but a fact confirmed by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that under external control, Ukraine is doomed to escalate the conflict in Donbas, that NATO will help Ukraine to kill more people, that after the 2014 coup Ukraine committed genocide in Donbas, or that violations by the Ukrainian army in Donbas are secret and nobody investigates them.