There is a civil war in Ukraine

Summary

There are no military conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. A civil war is going on in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. See similar cases here.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". 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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Civil war, Donbas
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Three Ukrainian ships violated the Russian border

On the morning of the November 25th (2018), three Ukrainian navy ships, Berdiansk, Nikopol and tugboat Yany Kapu violated the Russian border and were carrying out dangerous manoeuvres for several hours, ignoring the orders from the Russian military. Ukrainian navy officers were accused of illegal crossing the Russian border and arrested.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Kerch strait incident.

On November 25th 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

The EU Association Agreement destroyed the Ukrainian economy

The terms of the [Association] agreement were obviously disadvantageous [for Ukraine] and it has ultimately destroyed the Ukrainian economy.

The Ukrainian industry is degrading. In fact, the country has turned into a raw material appendage of Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.

The Ukrainian army is shelling residential areas in Donbas

At 5 a.m. on 28 May 2019, the Ukrainian Armed Forces again opened massive fire in Donbas using heavy weapons, shelling residential areas.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine that makes false claims about Ukraine's aggression.

On 28 May 2019, the Special Monitoring Mission recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations in the Donetsk region (about 100 explosions) and more in the Luhansk region (about 80 explosions), as compared with the previous day. The Mission recorded ceasefire violations inside the Zolote and Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement areas. Specifically, it did not record any "massive shelling" from the Ukrainian side.