DISINFO: Ukraine is a tool of Western countries against Russia
West Anti-Russian Sanctions War in Ukraine

DISINFO: Ukraine is a tool of Western countries against Russia


Ukraine is a tool for Western powers to try to influence Russia, destabilise Russia or constantly accuse it. Ukraine is used as firewood to fuel the flame of sanctions. Ukraine becomes a playground for experiments for Western countries, which, without any evidence, accuse Russia of aggression and violations of international law.


This article makes a recurring claim about Ukraine as a puppet of the West as well as providing disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

There is enough evidence about the role of Russia in events in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists. Despite all this Russia officially denies its military presence in Donbas.

Western countries are supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Economic sanctions are the answer to the illegitimate actions of Russia. The EU established the sanctions regime under its own laws, specifically Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, "concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine." More about the current EU's sanctions on Russia regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine can be read here.The US also implemented sanctions related to Russian aggression against Ukraine (see more here).

Futhermore, the European Union has stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and has warned of severe political consequences and with a high political and economic cost for Russia if it proceeds with further aggressive actions.

At the beginning of 2022, on 4-6 January, the EU High Representative Josep Borrell visited Ukraine, including Kyiv and the Stanytsya Luhanska checkpoint - see his statement/blog here on the consequences of the war. The High Representative said, inter alia:

“I could eyewitness the consequences of the war in the Donbas region and hear and see how the conflict has dramatically affected the lives of thousands of people, with many destinies destroyed. ...

Russia is a party to this conflict and not a mediator as it often claims. Our main interest, concern and purpose is to get Russia to de-escalate tensions.”

Read our recent article on Russian disinformation about the Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

See similar examples of disinformation presenting Ukraine as the tool of Western countries against Russia: The US is using the phantom of Ukraine for confrontation against Russia; NATO is egging Ukraine on a military gamble; Western curators want Kyiv to start a war in Donbas and involve Moscow in conflict.


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