Disinfo: Russophobia and Nazis are the main reasons for the conflict in Donbas


The main reasons for the conflict in Ukraine was that the Eastern regions rejected Russophobia, Nazi glorification and the ideology of Nazism.

The tragedy of Donbas is that Russia did not come to the aid of local residents when the Ukrainian authorities sent tanks and artillery with aviation against unarmed civilians. […] in the cities of Donbas, women and their husbands met the heavy equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with their bare hands.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, aiming to portray the conflict as Ukraine's civil war.

The war in Eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but a well-documented act of ongoing aggression by Russian armed forces, since February 2014.

The military actions in Donbas began after separatist rebels and militants from Russia seized key areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. On 7 April, pro-Russian rebels took control of the SBU armoury in Donetsk. On the same day, they declared the so-called "Donetsk Peoples' Republic". On 12 April, 52 armed militants led by Igor Girkin (Strelkov), a retired colonel of Russia's military intelligence GRU, attacked governmental offices in the city of Sloviansk and later in Kramatorsk. Both cities were under militants' control until the beginning of July 2014.

The Ukrainian government reacted to the attack by introducing an "anti-terrorist operation" in the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts which officially began on 15 April.

Read similar disinformation alleging that Americans provoked the overthrow of legitimate authority in Ukraine and civil war in Donbas, that Donetsk and Luhansk independence triggered a Ukrainian military operation, that Euromaidan coup led to civil war in Donbas, that war in Ukraine is a civil war.


  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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Russia has no role in the dispute over Crimean artifacts

Moscow has no role in the dispute between Ukraine and the Crimea over the ownership of artifacts, which consist of pure gold belonging to an ancient civilization, exhibited at the Allard Pierson Museum In Amsterdam in 2014.

The Russian Federation is not a party to the dispute over the artifacts that were displayed under the title “Crimea – Gold and the secrets of the Black Sea”. These procedures began among the four museums of Crimea on the one hand, and the Allard Pierson Museum on the other, on the basis of bilateral contracts.

The four Crimean museums had stated in court that the Dutch side had failed to return the artifacts to their owners in time after the exhibition ended in 2014, and had asked the museum administration to do so as soon as possible.




The legal dispute originated as a direct result of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.

The collection subject to the dispute includes ancient Jewellery, gems, helmets and scabbards from four museums in Crimea, and was sent on loan to a museum in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam in 2014 — around the same time Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

The US will start chipping all American citizens in October 2020

In October 2020, the United States will introduce chips in all American citizens. This will happen with the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine. The Department of Defense and the Ministry of Health have signed with ApiJect a contract worth 138 million dollars through which the company in the medical industry will provide syringes (for the Covid-19 vaccine) equipped with an RFID tracking microchip!


Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim. This text shares the recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about a Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world with the new element of Covid-19 as part of the ongoing disinformation campaign on the coronavirus.

Indeed, according to a May 12 statement from the US Department of Defense, this institution and the US Department of Health and Human Services signed a $138 million contract with the international aseptic syringe company ApiJect Systems America. The partnership will allow the necessary volume of syringes to vaccinate a larger number of people to be available when the vaccine against COVID-19 is ready. The syringes will not have chips, but unique identification codes. In fact, the technology based on RFID radio frequency identification will allow real-time, remote tracking of vaccinations in the US at the national level, but does not involve implanting a chip or tracking people. The information will be collected to keep track of the number of people vaccinated, by region, which will allow health authorities to monitor the situation.

EU sanctions bypass the UN and hinder efforts to fight coronavirus

…Unilateral and unlawful EU sanctions, bypassing the UN Security Council, which already complicated (Syria‘s) humanitarian operation…

… maintaining sanctions at its full strength is completely inhumane, and hinders the fight against viral (coronavirus) infection.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to change the nature of sanctions implemented on Syria

EU sanctions on Syria are targeted at individuals and entities who ordered or carried out attacks and torture against their own people, made or used chemical weapons, built their personal fortune thanks to the war. EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets these people and these activities, avoiding any negative impact on the population. See our video here for more details.