Disinfo: Ukraine is responsible for the war in Donbas


Five years ago the Kyiv government started a civil war in South-Eastern Ukraine.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray it as a civil war. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. Prior debunks of this narrative can be found here and here.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that continues since February 2014.


  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Vremya @Channel One TV time 01:35-01:43
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It is Ukraine that slows down the peace process

For five years Kyiv has been slowing down the peace process. … In five years, Ukraine has not complied with a single paragraph of the Minsk Protocol.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions on Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the Agreements.

Trump, Pompeo, Belarusian independent media, Duda, all mentally ill

As an anti-human society and a capitalist state the US is a maddened community, which constantly generates degraded politicians. Mass shootings in the US mean that the US is one large madhouse. The very acceptance of American dream turns a human into a maddened person. The same is true for the US ruling elite. Isn’t State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who states that Crimea belongs to banderovtsy [Ukrainian fascists] not a mentally ill politician? US President [former] advisor John Bolton’s face indicates his absolute degradation. Isn’t Donald Trump, who withdrew from the INF Treaty, a mentally ill politician, too?

In the countries like the US and Poland where a lot of spoken about love towards God, the key object of worship is Mammon [a term from the Christian Bible used to describe material wealth or greed]. Tadevush Kondrasevich, the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop, would not acknowledge this with his anti-Soviet and Russophobic worldview. In fact, Belarusian independent media and experts are mentally ill people too, just like Crusius, Trump, or Duda. If these people come to power, they would stage as big bacchanalia as mentally ill ‘banderovtsy’, Kaczynski brothers, and racists in Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states, all servile puppets of the mentally ill uncle Sam.


This message is a mix of conspiracies and ungrounded generalisations aimed to discredit the West, the US and Poland in particular, and Belarusian independent media and experts. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about decaying, immoral West and its imminent collapse, Nazism / Fascism in Ukraine and the Baltic states, and about belligerent West.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that, in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots, and that Western values are egoism, hedonism and extreme relativism.

US State Department is Gauleiter’s structure over Ukraine

The formation of the new Ukrainian cabinet was approved by US President adviser, John Bolton. Hence, it will not be allowed to develop closer relations with Russia. Ukraine’s external governance remains in place. A whole floor at Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) building is occupied by Americans. The US State Department and US Embassy in Ukraine represent a system of “Gauleiters”; a super-structure, controlling the Ukrainian state. US gave instructions to former President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine has not got rid of this.
However, the US does not need the project of “Ukraine as an Anti-Russia” anymore. The project is being decommissioned. Still it is premature to believe that Ukraine will soon get rid of external control. Ukraine’s economic crisis was imported from the US. External actors extract Ukrainian human and financial resources to mitigate their own economic crises. How is it that Ukrainians believed that Russia was responsible for economic difficulties in 2014? Soviet people of slavonic origins, born in Little Russia.


This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic claims about Ukraine under external control, Western attempts to create anti-Russian feelings out of Ukraine, and Western-Nazi links.

The claims that the United States controlled the formation of a new Ukrainian government is groundless. The US and the European Union continue to support Ukraine, its territorial integrity, and sovereignty against Russian aggression. The term 'Little Russia' is derogatory and derives from imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty.