DISINFO: The West wants to provoke a "little war" in Ukraine and then blame Russia for it
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DISINFO: The West wants to provoke a "little war" in Ukraine and then blame Russia for it


The West wants to provoke a "little war" in Ukraine in order to impose full responsibility on Russia and come up with new sanctions against it.


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

Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces since February 2014.

This disinformation claim appeared in the context of renewed build-up of Russian armed forces along the Ukrainian borders which have left additional significant Russian heavy armament and equipment in Ukraine's proximity.

The tensions are a direct result of Russia’s actions since late October 2021, including the deployment of more than 90,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Despite Russian denials, this has been proven by satellite images and intelligence from the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions.

The European Union has stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty and has warned of severe political consequences and a high political and economic cost for Russia if it proceeds with further aggressive actions. This has been recently reaffirmed by High Representative Josep Borrell noting “there is no security in Europe without the security of Ukraine.”

Read more about EU restrictive measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine.


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