Disinfo: The West had been provoking the war in Ukraine for years – Russia had no other choice


The West had been provoking this war for years. Russia faced a choice with no way out. Firstly, if it had not reacted to the Western moves in Ukraine, the West would have trumpeted its victory, speaking about Putin’s weakness and Russia’s declining power. This would have been an incentive for further actions against Russia.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine ends the Western dreams about Ukrainian membership in NATO. However, it does create numerous possibilities for the West to attack Russia. Perhaps, the West has provoked Russia to realise this military intervention.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West, the war in Ukraine and the direct Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed on February 24.

The claim that the West allegedly provoked the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine is one of the key messages of Putin’s propaganda. It was Putin’s personal decision to invade Ukraine and start the largest military conflict in Europe since WWII.

The US and EU did not aim to escalate relations with Russia and were not preparing for military conflict. “The United States does not want conflict. We want peace,” the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in January 2022.

It is Russia and President Putin who are clearly responsible for the war in Ukraine. On February 24, the Russian authorities unleashed large-scale military aggression against Ukraine. There is irrefutable evidence that the Kremlin bears full responsibility for this unprecedented attack on a sovereign nation.

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.


  • Reported in: Issue 276
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US, EU
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, NATO, Provocation, Vladimir Putin, Destabilising Russia
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Disinfo: According to Josep Borrell, sanctions are no longer effective

Josep Borrell personally declared two months ago that the European sanctions regime is no longer useful, neither against Russia nor against any other country, and [he said] we must think about finding other mechanisms to make the EU's voice heard internationally.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has constantly supported imposing restrictive measures to “intervene where necessary to prevent conflict or respond to emerging or current crises”.

Disinfo: The West is lying when it claims that Russia “invaded” and “attacked” Ukraine

Some lies sold by the West: Russia is “invading”, “attacking” and “launching an offensive”. The Russian “invasion” has become a soap opera in the Western media, fed by the US government that insists that Russia started “a bloody and destructive war”.


Claims that Russian actions in Ukraine are not an “invasion” or an “attack” are an attempt to promote the Kremlin’s disinformation narrative that it is carrying out a "special military operation" to achieve the “denazification and demilitarisation” of Ukraine.

In fact, on 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on multiple fronts, as footage, foreign correspondents, social media, local journalists and citizen witnesses have proven beyond any doubt. This disinformation narrative aims to frame reports on the Russian invasion as lies to discredit the evidence.

Disinfo: Half of the Poles do not want Poland to support Ukraine

According to various polls, at least half of Polish society does not want Poland to actively support Ukraine against Russia - it is a great embarrassment that the voice of these people is not heard in public discussions. The Polish media and the politicians invited by media spread the same hysterical Russophobic gibberish.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the direct Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed on 24 February.

The overwhelming majority of the Poles are willing to assist Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invaders. According to the recent surveys, over 95% of the Poles are ready to welcome the Ukrainian refugees; 91% support the EU membership of Ukraine (7.6% - against); 74.5% support NATO membership of Ukraine (13.9% - against).