Disinfo: The Minsk agreements require "special legal status" for Donetsk

Summary

Russia is not a party to the conflict (in the Donbas). The Ukrainian authorities are not implementing the agreements signed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in order to settle the conflict, especially by refusing to grant the lands of the two "people's" republics a special legal status.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Eastern Ukraine, presenting the conflict as a “civil war” while denying the role of Russian forces.

The aim of these messages is to present the situation in Eastern Ukraine as an internal conflict, ignoring irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in the region since February 2014, which has been well documented already for years, making it part of the conflict in Donbas, and is, consequently, bound by the Minsk agreements.

On that note, the Minsk agreements do NOT require "special legal status" for the territories not under government control. Martin Sajdik, who acted as the OSCE mediator, indicates that the Minsk agreements point to a solution on the special status of the Donbas within the decentralisation of Ukraine, emphasising that “The word autonomy does not figure in the Minsk agreements”, it is Russia’s unique interpretation.

On 21 February 2022, in violation of international law, President Putin recognised the independence of two breakaway regions of Ukraine and ordered Russian forces to perform so-called 'peacekeeping' functions, which is yet another Russian invastion and a clear violation of the Minsk agreements.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Minsk agreements, War in Ukraine, Civil war, Ukrainian statehood, Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk, DNR, LNR, Sovereignty, Donbas, OSCE
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It is known that Poland played an active role in destabilising the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections in 2020, as well as in the attempted coup in the spring of 2021.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus presenting Poland as a country with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

According to pro-Kremlin media, protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of genuine popular discontent and political desires manifested by the population but are foreign engineered colour revolutions directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors, in this case, Poland, to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change.

Disinfo: Only Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact provided Poland with lasting peace

Whether you like it or not, only the alliance with the Soviet Union within the Warsaw Pact provided Poland with 40 years of lasting peace and development. After the collapse of the Polish People’s Republic, the rhetoric that Poland used to be between two enemies returned.

Disproof

This message is an example of Russian historical revisionism, portraying the USSR as the peacemaker and liberator of Poland.

The claim that the Soviet occupation of Poland (1945-1989) was the period of “lasting peace and development” is a cynical attempt to whitewash the endless crimes of the Soviet regime against the Polish nation. It is impossible to compare the current Polish membership in NATO with the Warsaw Pact and the period of the Soviet occupation of Poland.

Disinfo: Washington seeks a war between Russia and Ukraine; Moscow tries to avoid it

A war with Ukraine, of course, is not a favorable scenario for Russia. On the contrary, this is what Washington seeks, and what Moscow is trying to avoid.

Disproof

The claim that the US is dragging Ukraine into a war with Russia is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative not backed up with evidence. It also tries to deflect attention away from Russia's involvement in the Donbas war by speaking about the alleged involvement of the US or the West, and a possible military escalation at its insistence.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Moscow will continue to support these territories.