Disinfo: The war in Ukraine started because the parliament did not want to vote for the law on languages


On 31 March 2014, the head of the Donetsk Oblast Council, Andriy Shishatskyi asked the Verkhovna Rada to vote for a law on a referendum and a law on languages. But he was ignored. This is the reason the war started. That is why Ukraine is in a state of war. As a result of the coup, someone came to power and did everything to make Ukraine lose Donbas.


This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the war in Ukraine.

The war in Donbas did not start because of any actions, or lack thereof, by Ukraine's parliament. It is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces.

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. In turn, the active phase of the Donbas war was triggered with the 12 April 2014 assault on the city of Slovyans'k, led by Russian intelligence officer Igor Girkin. By September that year, Russia had sent up to 15,000 regular troops into the region.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Donbas rebelled because Russians in Ukraine were subjected to ethnocide, that a civil war began in Ukraine after the clique seized power, that Germany, France, and Ukraine admitted they need a war in Donbas, that the Euromaidan coup caused the breakout of civil war in Eastern Ukraine, or that Russia is not a conflict party in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Russian language, War in Ukraine, Coup, Donbas, Euromaidan


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This is a part of a campaign aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

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“Looking for cheap slaves.” IMF ‘kills’ the Ukrainian economy

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is controlled by the IMF.

There is no evidence that cooperation with the IMF could threaten the Ukrainian economy. On the contrary, IMF assistance helps to develop the Ukrainian economy.

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Liberalism, as a system of values, arises when society reaches the height of prosperity, and at least one generation does not fight any wars, and is not exposed to famine or disasters. Then the values ​​of consumer society displace the “survival group”, which relied on the values ​​instilled in humanity through centuries of struggle for survival. This usually happens just before empires collapse, as they disintegrate from within. Examples of this are biblical “Sodom and Gomorrah”, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the United States of America and the European Union recently.

These liberal values ​​include: a “global citizen” not linked to a specific country, atheism, unlimited sexual freedom, including changing sexual orientation and gender, the absence of family values ​​and children as they represent a burden and an obstacle to personal consumption, lack of financial responsibility, and life on credit. In many ways, liberals and proponents of globalisation agree with one another.

On the other hand, conservatism represents values: patriotism, religion, strong family, traditional sexual orientations, and the superiority of public interest over private and individual interest.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism by claiming that the latter has generated the West’s alleged moral decadence, materialism, perverted values and hostility to traditional values and religion. According to this narrative, Russia – in contrast with the liberal West - upholds traditional social, cultural and spiritual values.

One recent version of this narrative is that liberalism is a kind of “virus” that weakens and destroys societies.