Disinfo: The US may be sending Ukraine to a meat grinder in Donbas


The military escalation in Donbas is taking place with the background of the phone call of Joe Biden to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in which the US president encouraged his Ukrainian counterpart to increase efforts to recover by force the insurgent territories and even the Crimean peninsula, as facts show. The main engine of the Ukrainian conflict is the US, which is providing Kyiv with both top-level diplomatic and political support, along with weapons and economic support to make the situation increasingly explosive. Through this modus operandi, Washington aims to get rid of the military and economic rivalry posed by Russia, convincing its European partners that it poses a threat and establishing a US wall between Europe and the rest of Eurasia.

In this context, there is a high risk that a big conflict unleashes, and that the poor Ukrainian state is used as an intermediary, to send it to a war, to a meat grinder, for the political and economic interests of the US. The only one interested in the Ukrainian army launching a big scale attack in Donbas is the US, who needs the carnage in the rebel territories of eastern Ukraine to force Russia to intervene in defence of its population, which will be presented as the long announced Russian military offensive against the West. We must understand that this conflict has been created by US hawks, forcing brothers to kill each other, and in which the winner is the US military-industrial complex, which needs a war to survive.


This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine as a non-sovereign state and the US as the only responsible for the conflict in Donbas. By accusing the US and Ukraine, these narratives aim to deflect any Russian blame for this situation and the events that led to it.

Contrary to these claims, the Donbas conflict was not created by US hawks nor by its military-industrial complex but by Russia, who engineered the creation of separatist militias in Donetsk, Luhansk and other places and whose army has actively participated in the conflict. US support for the government in Kyiv is not “an attempt to get rid of the rivalry posed by Russia”, as affirmed, but a recognition of Ukraine’s right to defend itself from Russia’s aggression, including the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine is a sovereign state and its army is fighting separatists in the east of its own country for its own legitimate reasons, not because it is following US orders.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the US needs a war to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, that Zelenskyy is not an independent president but a spokesman of US interests, that the US is preparing the Ukrainian army for a genocide in Donbas, that Russia never participated in the Ukrainian conflict or that Russia poses zero threat to any other country, including Ukraine.

This disinformation message about the US appeared in the same article as the claim that “By provoking Russia, Ukraine fills the role assigned by NATO”.


  • Reported in: Issue 239
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Sovereignty, US presence in Europe, Encircling Russia
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