Disinfo: The speech of the “DPR” and “LPR” at UN meeting is recognition at the international level


The speech of representatives of the DPR and LPR at the UN Security Council meeting on the Arria-Formula speaks of the strengthening of the status of the Republics of Donbas in the international arena.


Part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the international recognition of the "DPR" and "LPR"

The Arria-Formula Meeting of the UN Security Council, which was attended by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk Republics of Donbas, is an informal format used to meet, for example, representatives of NGOs, representatives of non-state actors or heads of international organisations. As these examples indicates, this does not mean that the "DPR" and "LPR" are internationally recognised.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that the meeting was ignored by the United States, The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Estonia, and Belgium, in other words “All, except Russia and the OSCE member states which are today in the Security Council”.

See a similar case claiming that Trump administration has registered an appeal for the recognition of the DPR and LPR.


  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, DNR, LNR


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

US sanctions policy is ineffective

The US sanctions policy (imposing sanction on Russia following the annexation of Crimea) is ineffective.

Moscow and Washington should work to develop bilateral relations instead of continuing to impose sanctions on each other.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia on the backdrop of the illegal annexation of Crimea are ineffective.

This kind of claim, which is not backed by evidence, has been clearly challenged by research that point out that sanctions have worked as planned, noting the drag they have imposed on Russia’s general economic development since 2014. This adverse effect most likely operates by depressing both foreign trade and foreign capital flows into Russia. Or as The Washington Post said: "The sanctions have stunted Russian economic growth and sapped the urban middle class of wealth and opportunity."

Germany has no evidence that Navalny was poisoned

Berlin did not rely on any evidence when claiming that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, prompting Moscow to describe the incident as a charade designed to justify the imposition of new sanctions on it.

Moscow says it cannot investigate the Navalny accident in the absence of data from Germany.


Recurring disinformation narrative surrounding the poisoning of a prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalised in Omsk, at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

For NATO, Ukraine is important as a buffer zone, but not as a member of Alliance

All the statements of Ukrainian politicians that they were promised that Ukraine will be accepted into the Alliance are PR and nothing more. For NATO countries, Ukraine is important as a buffer zone, but not as a member of the Alliance.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and its cooperation with NATO.

Ukraine is a strategic partner for NATO in many areas. Since the 1990s, relations between NATO and Ukraine have developed into one of NATO’s most influential partnerships. Relations were strengthened with the signing of the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). The Declaration of 2009 to Complement the NATO-Ukraine Charter mandated the NUC, through Ukraine’s Annual National Programme, to underpin Ukraine’s efforts to take forward reforms aimed at implementing Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.