DISINFO: To protect Donbas and itself, Russia has to liberate whole of Ukraine
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  • Date of publication: July 11, 2022
  • Reported in: Issue 301
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia, US
War in Ukraine Puppets

DISINFO: To protect Donbas and itself, Russia has to liberate whole of Ukraine


Western arms supplies to Ukraine prolong the military actions, result in massive Ukrainian human losses, and do not change the goals of the Russian special military operation. Kyiv acts for American interests and money. American missiles can reach many large Russian cities. Hence, to guarantee the protection of Donbas republics and Russian territory, Russian troops have to liberate whole of Ukraine’s territory. Ukraine’s existence is highly dangerous for Russia and leaves Moscow no choice.


This message provides an absurd interpretation of the Russian brutal aggression against Ukraine, calling it a ‘liberation’. As our recent analysis explains, pro-Kremlin outlets often present Ukraine as a non-existing entity, which somehow poses an existential threat to Russia.

Aware of this logical incongruity, pro-Kremlin propaganda tends to introduce the West into the equation and claims that the evil West controls Ukraine and uses it to attack Russia. Notably, this article claims that Ukraine fights not for its existence as a sovereign country but for “American interests and money”.

Russia's unjustified military invasion of Ukraine is a clear violation of international law. The Ukrainian Army and volunteers are fighting against Russian troops to defend their country from unprovoked Russian military aggression. Russian President Putin launched a new invasion, what he called a "special military operation" against Ukraine on 24 February 2022 citing NATO’s military infrastructure approaching the Russian border as a pretext. Another pretext for the so-called operation is the “demilitarisation and denazification” of Ukraine according to official Russian statements. The invasion was followed by airstrikes on military objects. Russian troops soon after started bombing and shelling civilian targets as well.

Technical remark: This disinformation was broadcast via Sputnik on 11 July 2022. Due to the EU decision to restrict the spread and dissemination of RT and Sputnik inside the EU, access to the link may not work inside the EU.


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