Disinfo: The Ukrainian government provoked the war in Donbas

Summary

The Ukrainian regime provoked the war in the Donbas region after its people rebelled against the coup in Kiev in 2014, which brought extremists with hostile feelings towards Russia to power in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and not the Ukrainian government. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine.The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.Furthermore, according to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow. Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia participates in the conflict with Ukraine sending mercenaries to Donbas.

In an interview, delivered in autumn 2018, former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug mentions that the Mission has been recording the instances of Russia's involvement into the war in Donbas. "We have been seeing at least in six instances convoys leaving and entering Ukraine, which we have been documenting, which have been driving towards the unsecure border with the Russian Federation in the middle of the night, on dirt roads, and have been seen at the unsecure border at areas where there is no official border crossing," Hug said.

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  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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George Soros: Europe will win even if no ashes remain from Ukraine - Nobody cares about the Ukrainians

Quote by George Soros: “Europe will win even if no ashes remain from Ukraine. Nobody cares about the Ukrainians’ existence. They should take care of their own welfare.

Disproof

Not an actual quote, but a recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory on George Soros. See the EUvsDisinfo article "The All-Powerful Mr. Soros" for more details. The quote that was attributed to George Soros was actually made by Alexander Zapolskis, a political commentator for a pro-Kremlin media outlet. In the article published by regnum.ru, Zapolskis cited German magazine Cicero’s interview with Soros, which does not contain any such comment, as the source of the quotation. In the article, Alexander Zapolskis voices his own assessments and expectations about the role of the West in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In his opinion, in order for Europe to maintain the global economic leadership, Ukraine should fight for a long time; the author supposes that nobody cares about the Ukrainians’ fate. Europe will only win if Ukraine is razed to the ground, Russia will have to restore Ukraine, because it is part of Russia rather than Europe. The article by Zapolskis represents his own interpretation of the interview with Soros as well as assessments based on this interpretation that was later attributed by pro-Kremlin media outlets to George Soros and spread virally. As a result, Zapolskis’ interpretation using the name of George Soros was spread by Russian sources and then picked up by Ukrainian and further Georgian media outlets.

NATO wants to build the 21st century on the ruins of Russia

NATO frankly follows the principles of [Zbigniew] Brzezinski: “The 21st century will be built at the expense of Russia, on the ruins of Russia and against Russia.”

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia. For more than two decades, NATO has consistently worked to build a cooperative relationship with Russia. The Alliance continues to be open to a meaningful dialogue with Russia, having held ten meetings of the NATO-Russia Council since 2016. As reaffirmed by NATO leaders at the Brussels Summit in July 2018, "NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia." NATO is a defensive alliance that has been instrumental to ensuring Euro-Atlantic security since its founding. Zbigniew Brzezinski was a U.S. diplomat and political scientist of Polish descent who served as a national security adviser in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Some Russian sources often mistakenly attribute the mentioned quote to Brzezinski's 1997 book “The Grand Chessboard". Other Russian sources allege that the quote comes from Brzezinski's 1998 speech in Lviv when he was accepting honorary citizenship from the city council. However, these accusations are inaccurate. Read the full debunk by Polygraph here. See similar cases alleging that NATO is a Cold War relic doing everything to destroy the Orthodox Church and preparing to attack Russia.

Serbia is caught in a trap set by the West

Since the 1990s, Serbia has been caught in a sort of trap set by Western powers because it is Orthodox and from the bottom of its heart in alliance with Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narrative about the alleged anti-Orthodox strategy of the West with the aim of causing distrust in the West. See a collection of earlier disinformation cases concerning the Orthodox church seemingly under attack from the West.