Disinfo: Ukraine refused to bring Crimea and Donbas back


The Ukrainian authorities have in fact refused to bring back Crimea and part of the Donbas because they do not want to spend money on the people living there.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about illegal annexation of Crimea

Ukraine did not give up its territories, which are illegally annexed by Russia. Ukraine does not recognise the illegal annexation of its territories. The international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. 

Read similar cases that The Hague court recognised Crimea as Russian and that Two top US officials say there is no prospect of returning Crimea to Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Occupation, Donbas, Crimea


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Russia did not shoot down Boeing MH17, there is no evidence

There is no evidence that Russia was involved in the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 over Donbas in 2014. There is no evidence in this case. Six years have passed and the investigation has hardly budged. If there were conclusive evidence, they would have been presented long ago. At the same time, the process is now based on speculation against Russia.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The results of the investigation by JIT are clear: Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system, with one missing missile, returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

Germany is unwilling to support Ukraine officially

Germany is unwilling to support Ukraine officially, as Berlin wants to normalise its relationship with Russia. Kyiv should not expect Berlin’s support in issues it considers important, such as Ukraine’s accession to NATO. In Germany, they officially say that Ukraine must be protected from aggression. At the same time, they emphasize that it will not be done officially because the country’s main interest is normalising relations with Russia.


Recurring disinformation narrative about Ukraine being abandoned by its own partners because they seek closer relations with Russia instead.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in early June 2020. Then, the top German diplomat signalled that "Ukraine can count on solidarity from Germany and the EU as a whole."