Disinfo: Russia poses zero threat to other countries, including Ukraine


Reports of Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border are no cause for alarm, given that Russia does not pose any threat to Ukraine or any other country.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative falsely casting Russia as a benign, non-aggressive state.

Russia's army manoeuvres are indeed a cause for concern, particularly given the recent flare-up of armed hostilities between Ukraine and the Russia-backed militants in the occupied Donbas. See here for detailed debunking by POLYGRAPH.info.

It is also worth remembering that Russia's actions against Ukraine have, in recent years, gone well beyond threats. Moscow has waged large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine, beginning in 2014 with the illegal annexation of Crimea and an undeclared armed conflict in the east of the country which has claimed 13,000 lives to date.


  • Reported in: Issue 238
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Military, War in Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Hybrid war, War preparation, Warmongering
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Disinfo: Baltic states' membership in NATO resulted in degradation of national security

If in 2004 Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were secure, today they are almost on the front line. The result of membership of the Baltic states in NATO is a visible degradation of their security.

Today all efforts of the Baltic states are focused on preparation for war [against Russia]. Russia is not a threat [for the Baltic states], but Moscow is adequately answering to the provocative growth of NATO’s activities near Russia’s border.

The Baltic states are territory for exercises of foreign armies, comfort bridgehead for blitzkrieg to East, small coin in the big geopolitical game.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as an aggressor and presenting the Baltic states as the puppets of the Alliance. The claim also repeats another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia.

NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia. The Alliance underlined this position in the Brussels Summit Declaration in 2018. This declaration concludes that “Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals and challenge the Alliance and undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules-based international order”.

Disinfo: An attack of a Ukrainian drone took the life on one child and injured one woman

An attack of a Ukrainian drone took the life on one child and injured one woman in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. The soldiers of the 59th brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces, while obeying a criminal command, used an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a home-made explosive device.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Donbas conflict.

The claim is unverified. The village of Oleksandrivske (Aleksandrovskoye in Russian media) is located 15 kilometers away from the front line. The Russian Investigative Committee announced a probe into the death of a child there reported by pro-Kremlin media. The OSCE's special monitoring mission to Ukraine did not report about any drone strike in this area.

Disinfo: Russia has never been a threat to Ukraine

Russia does not pose a threat to any country, including Ukraine, making the US assurances of support to Ukraine meaningless. Instead, these guarantees of support are doing a disservice to Ukraine by increasing tensions and eliciting a response from Russia.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative obfuscating Russian responsibility for the illegal annexation of Crimea and war in Ukraine.

Since 2014 Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity have been violated by the acts of aggression of Russian armed forces. The EU has imposed series of restrictive measures against Russian individuals and entities undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.