The war in Donbas began after Ukraine banned the Russian language

Summary

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.

 

Disproof

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The law on regional languages was repealed by the parliament of Ukraine on February 23, 2014.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. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Crimea
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @Rossiya 1 time 22:35-23:20, 25:27-25:35, 25:55-26:07
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

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2014 Kyiv coup led to Crimea referendum and Donbas war

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan, the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the war in Ukraine.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.