Ukraine does not want to negotiate the end of the war in Donbas

Summary

Zelenskyy is not ready for direct negotiations with Donbas. The withdrawal of weapons was disrupted because of Ukraine.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

In his inauguration speech, President Zelenskyy mentioned that he is ready to conduct negotiations to stop the war in Donbas. During his recent press conference with the President of France, President Zelenskyy mentioned that Ukraine adheres to diplomatic measures as the only way to resolve the war in Donbas.

In a recent interview for BILD magazine, Zelenskyy clearly stated that the war can be resolved only by diplomatic means. “We will do everything to implement a ceasefire and stop the killing and suffering of our people in the nearest future. We have to give diplomats the chance to talk again while the guns stay silent. This is what I count on. And hope this will be heard in Moscow."

OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine records numerous examples of Minsk agreements violation by the representatives of the so-called DNR and LNR. On June 23, it recorded 30 Grad multiple rocket launchers located in the Russian-occupied districts of the Luhansk region. On May 4, the militants deployed 14 multiple rocket launchers in violation of the withdrawal lines.

Moreover, on June 26, Ukraine started the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Stanytsia Luhanska in accordance with the agreement reached at a recent meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group. U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker welcomed the move and called on Russia to take reciprocal further steps. However, on June 27, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation informed that the militants continue the use of heavy weapons near Stanytsia Luhanska.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, DNR, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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War-inclined Western states constantly seek new countries to meddle in

Belarus does not want to be at the front line and tries to avoid a bloc confrontation. For this reason, Belarusian diplomats come up with peace proposals. It remains to be seen if Western countries will hear them and want to reach an agreement. Neither Belarus nor Russia are interested in confrontations, whereas, in Western countries, many influential actors are pro-military.

They constantly seek a stage for their military activities, be it North Korea, Venezuela, or Iran. They wish to reset their economic problems and to create chaos somewhere else. Another strategy of the West is to keep a foreign society in a state of nihilism and apathy and wait until societal stagnation decomposes that society.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about Western anti-Belarus and anti-Russian activities, and generally about Western belligerence.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global actors stage colour revolutions and conquer national elites and that the Union state between Belarus and Russia will prevent their colonisation by the West.

MH17: The missile type was only used in Ukraine

The “evidence” demonstrated by the JIT actually ties the missile to Ukraine. In Russia, a missile produced in 1986 would have been decommissioned in 2011. This individual missile was sent to a air-defence unit in Ukraine in 1986, the 223 air-defence brigade. In 2014 it was involved in the war in Donbas.

 

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.