Disinfo: Territories of Donbas controlled by Ukraine are under Ukrainian occupation

Summary

[Ukraine] has captured parts of DNR and LNR.  (…) Let’s not pretend! Ukraine has seized these territories; Ukraine controls them by using force.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine started a war in Donbas and occupied the territories of the so-called “DNR” and “LNR”.

The territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (regions) are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has on numerous times mentioned that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Moreover, Russia had also pledged to respect the borders of Crimea in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 and in the Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty of 1997.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @Rossiya 1 (31:13-32:31)
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The Polish right wages historical war not only against the Red Army, but against history in general

The Polish right wages historical war not only against Russia and the Red Army, but against history in general. It is difficult to understand why they fight obvious historical facts. They do not like the fact that Poland was liberated by the Red Army; they try to discharge Poland from the anti-Hitler coalition, create strange constructs of occupation, a second occupation, and the anti-Communist uprising.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. See similar examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland including, it is thanks to Russia that Poland exists as a country today, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally and the USSR was forced and reluctant to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.

According to mainstream Polish historians and the views of the predominant part of Polish society, in 1944-1945 the USSR occupied Poland, establishing the undemocratic and repressive Communist Poland. Poland was kept under the Soviet sphere of influence until 1989.

The Union State of Belarus and Russia saves post-Soviet countries from pro-fascist West

Following the USSR’s break-up, the West created various funds and organisations in the post-Soviet countries and began meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign countries. The 2004 presidential elections and 2014 Euromaidan in Ukraine were examples of US’ rulings on who should have power in Ukraine. Gradually, post-Soviet countries began turning into colonies of the US with various conflicts and degradation stemming from this fact.

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Integration between Belarus and Russia reproduces the USSR to some extent and counteracts the geopolitical dictate of the US. This is the reason behind the information war waged by Western media and their clients in post-Soviet countries against the Union State between Belarus and Russia. There is no alternative to integration between Belarus and Russia. Without unification, the two countries and other post-Soviet republics will not have futures.

Disproof

This article is a mix of conspiracies consistent with a number of recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic narratives about US-staged Ukrainian events, Western colonial policies in post-Soviet space and elsewhere, pro-fascist West, Baltic states and Ukraine, Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia, and the West's attempts to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

It also puts forward a false dilemma about the direction of Belarus's and other post-Soviet countries' political development (union with Russia vs. no future) and promotes the concept of all-Russian civilisation, an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty.

There is no evidence of Russian involvement in the war in Donbas

Ukraine is talking about some war. Ukraine is talking about something that in Europe, at least in Germany, cannot be understood. Everyone knows perfectly well the data of the BND (the German Foreign Intelligence Service) confirming that no one has ever seen Russian troops in Ukraine.

Disproof

One of the most common disinformation narratives about the "conflict" in Donbas, claiming that Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine. See a similar case denying Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.