Disinfo: Sandu advised Ukraine to speak directly with the "DNR"


President-elect of Moldova Maia Sandu advised Ukraine to end the war and sit down at the negotiating table with the “DNR.”


This is pro-Kremlin disinformation concerning the Ukraine conflict.

The president-elect of Moldova Maia Sandu explained that when the conflict in Transnistria took place 30 years ago, pro-Russian representatives of the separatist region became a part of the negotiation process. However, Sandu did not say that Ukraine should speak with Russian-baked separatists in Donbas directly. Also, she did not mention that Ukraine should change its attitudes toward Russia.

The negotiation process concerning the conflict in Donbas is understood differently by Ukraine and Russia. The Russian Federation constantly repeats that Ukraine should talk with the so-called "DNR" and "LNR" directly. Meanwhile, the negotiation is taking place within the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, also known as the "Minsk format", with the participation of Ukraine, Russia, the OSCE and the representatives of the occupied territories.

See the similar case: Maia Sandu has advised Zelenskyy to start a military campaign against Donbas.


  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, DNR, Transnistria, LNR, Donbas
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