Disinfo: The West wages information war against Russia


An aggressive information campaign is going on against Russia [by the West]. On its side, Russia doesn’t wage information attacks. It has never done anything bad to anyone in the information field. Russians have simply learned how to respond.


This claim is in line with the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Russia is innocent and a victim of Western aggression and Russophobia. There is no campaign of "informational aggression" against Russia in Western media. Western media represent a wide range of opinions and do not follow a single editorial policy on any given topic. There is extensive evidence documenting the Kremlin's efforts to use disinformation as a weapon. Russia's attempts at interfering in democratic processes in the US and Europe have been thoroughly documented. In 2018, to protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections, the EU presented an Action Plan against Disinformation to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond. The Action Plan proposes a set of actions that should enable a joint and coordinated EU approach to addressing disinformation, primarily stemming from Russia. More cases about alleged Western 'Russophobia' see here, here and here. Further reading:


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, US, France
  • Keywords: West, European Union, Propaganda, Anti-Russian, Media, Russophobia


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Ukraine wants to preserve itself as an anti-Russian project

Ukraine needs war, it needs to preserve its anti-Russian project. It won’t survive without it.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Ukraine and Ukraine's statehood. Ukraine is a sovereign nation-state, not an anti-Russian project. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union. The Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine was adopted on 16 July 1990. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Russia established diplomatic relations and signed a number of important treaties. On 31 May 1997, the countries signed a comprehensive Friendship Treaty. As a result, Russia recognised Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also recognised that Crimea belongs to Ukraine. See a similar case: Ukraine is an anti-Russian and anti-European project of the US.

Bloodshed loomed in Crimea, but Russia didn’t allow it.

Was there bloodshed in Crimea? No, [Russia] didn’t allow it! Did [Russia] allow a conflict to evolve in Syria? No, we didn’t allow it!


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "good Russia" and how there were no killings in Crimea during the illegal annexation. The first victim of Russian aggression in Crimea was a Ukrainian soldier Sergey Kokurin. He was killed by Russian special forces in March 2014.

The other murder during the annexation of Crimea was the killing of the Major of the 10th Saki naval aviation brigade, Stanislav Karachevsky. This soldier died around midnight on 6 April 2014 from two shots in the back from an AK-74 assault rifle. The Crimean garrison military court created by Russia in Simferopol stated that a Russian, Yevgeny Zaitsev, from the Fleet of the Marines of the Black Sea, was guilty of this killing.

Ukraine doesn’t need Donbas

From the point of view of disinformation, the reintegration of the Donbas is impossible, because, firstly, the assets that the Donetsk clan had in Kyiv, they were plundered in their pockets. From the point of view of Ukraine, assets in Donetsk itself are no longer interesting. They (Ukraine) don’t need coal. They do not need an industry that is half destroyed. In general, Ukraine does not need Donbas.


A recurring disinformation narrative that it's impossible to reconnect Donbas with Ukraine, there is no willingness to do it. On the contrary, the Donbas reintegration strategy is being developed at the state level. During 2015-2019 it was the State Agency of Ukraine on the rehabilitation of the Donbas. The new power in Ukraine is planning to develop the Donbas reintegration plan by 2020. On 30 October 2019, in Mariupol, the Donetsk region, there will be the "Unity Forum" with the President of Ukraine, government and NGOs. The main theme is the returning of Donbas. The purpose of the forum is to establish a dialogue between the public and the authorities in order to overcome the challenges arising from the conflict in Donbas and its consequences. As a result of the event, participants plan to develop a roadmap for change to implement the strategy in the areas prescribed. See previous debunks on "civil war in Ukraine".