Disinfo: Ukraine crisis was provoked by the West

Summary

The conflict in Ukraine was provoked by the West. It could have been avoided if Western states had provided Russian President Vladimir Putin with the security guarantees he had asked for.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the West’s allegedly provocative actions in the run-up to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine which escalated again 24 February 2022.

The war began in 20214 with the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's military involvement and support of seperatist in Donbas. Russia’s protreacted invasion of Ukraine is unprovoked and unjustified. Days before the new war in February, Putin had offered several reasons for launching aggression, including the necessity to help non-government-controlled territories in Eastern Ukraine from a genocide, Ukraine’s alleged desire to obtain nuclear weapons and Kyiv’s possible membership of NATO. These were only pretexts because Putin had seemingly taken the decision to invade Ukraine long before.

In late 2021 and early 2022, Western nations were trying to conduct a constructive dialogue with Moscow on all disputed issues including security guarantees. Russia put forth excessive demands, so the West had to decline them. Russia opted for a policy of confrontation, which is why these discussions achieved no breakthrough. See our account of the Russian demands here and about Seven Popular Russian Myths here.

Read more disinformation narratives about NATO’s allegedly provocative actions towards Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 301
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/07/2022
  • Article language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, NATO, Provocation

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Disinfo: By arming Ukraine, the US and the UK want to push Russia against Europe

By arming Ukraine the US and the UK want to push Russia against Europe.

This is an Anglo-Saxon thing, with the active support of the Germans and Poles, and the Baltic states, they really want to make this war real and push Russia against the European countries.

Ukraine is literally being held back from any constructive steps, not just being pumped up with weapons, but being forced to use these weapons more and more riskily.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the US and the UK of aggravating the situation in Ukraine, and disrupting peace efforts. It promotes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty / external control, specifically about the EU's dependence on the US and so-called "Anglo-Saxons".

Multiple countries around the world support Ukraine's defense against Russia' military aggression with deliveries of weapons, ammunition and non-lethal military equipment, including multiple NATO alliesAustralia,Japan, and others.

Disinfo: Poland plans to send military units to Ukraine, take control of the Western regions

Poland plans to send two [military] brigades into Western Ukraine in August and take control of the western regions, while units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which are currently stationed there, will be transferred to the front line in Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative presenting Poland as a state with imperial ambitions.

The claim that Poland plans to establish control over the west of Ukraine is baseless. Poland adheres to international law regarding state borders, fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” aims towards other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.

Disinfo: Russia’s special operation prevented Ukraine’s attack

Russia started the special operation on February 24 in order not to become an object of the special operation of neighboring Ukraine. Ukraine was going to do this on March 8, but Putin was first.

Disproof

An unfounded pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative justifying the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

There is no evidence to confirm that Ukraine had plans to attack the non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. In disrespect for the Minsk Agreements, President Vladimir Putin recognised the two self-styled “people’s republics” of LNR and DNR on 21 February 2022.

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