Disinfo: The war in Donbas began after Ukraine banned the Russian language


The war in Donbas has started after Ukraine had abolished the law on regional languages. Many forget about this. The Russians in Ukraine remain Russians, but Ukraine banned education in the Russian language, prohibited children from learning Russian. This is the reason why the conflict in Donbas started. This was the reason for what has happened in both Donbas and Crimea.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The international community, including the European Union recognizes and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. 

The law on regional languages was repealed by the parliament of Ukraine on February 23, 2014. However the decree was not signed. The law officially expired only on February 28, 2018, when the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared the law unconstitutional.

For similar disinformation cases about Donbas, see here. For more disinformation cases about the status of the Russian language in Ukraine see here. 


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Crimea


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