Disinfo: There is a civil war in Ukraine


There is a civil war in Ukraine in the south-east in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine. For further debunking see here.

The International Criminal Court believes that “there exists a sensible or reasonable justification for a belief that a crime falling within the jurisdiction of the Court ‘has been or is being committed’” within the Crimean and Donbas territories of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue128
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donetsk, Civil war, War in Ukraine


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In 2014 Crimea decided to join Russia

In 2014 Crimea decided to join Russia.


Widely recurring disinformation narrative.

Crimean referendum was organised by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings.

British military advisers are forcing Ukraine to stage a chemical attack in order to blame it on Russia

Military experts from British special operations forces arrived to Ukraine to assist the Ukrainian forces sabotage mineral fertiliser factory. Their aim is to stage a chemical contamination, provoke evacuation of local residents, draw attention of international community to the situation in Donbass and blame it on Russian separatists. Intelligence of Donetsk national Republic observed 10 people from the Ukrainian special forces near the factory carrying boxes with a chemical hazard sign and wearing chemical protection equipment.



No evidence given.

A combination of recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about staged chemical attacks, Western military support for Ukraine, and UK conspiracies to blame Russia, as in Skripal case.

UN Security Council compared EU support for Kyiv with giving a machine gun to a psychopath

In light of an incident in the Kerch Strait, the United Nations Security Council compared EU support for Kyiv with giving a machine gun into the hands of a psychopath.


False attribution of a statement. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Azov sea and Ukraine.

After the European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he condemned Russia's use of force in the Sea of Azov, Andrei Klimov, a member of Russia's Federation Council, accused the EU of encouraging Ukraine's president to engage in "military adventurism." Klimov told RIA Novosti: "This is the same as placing a machine gun and flame thrower in the hands of a psychopath and watching how he acts in a recreation park where people are taking walks."