Disinfo: Ukraine refused to withdraw the troops, so there will be no Normandy format


There will be no Normandy format because the main condition is the withdrawal of troops. Ukraine refused to withdraw the troops.



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

At the moment, neither Ukraine nor the so-called "DPR" and "LNR" withdrew its troops. SMM OSCE in its daily reports noted fewer ceasefire violations in the Donetsk region and more in Luhansk region. For the 10th of October 2019, the Mission observed weapons in violation of withdrawal lines in non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares that all issues regarding the format of the deployment of forces in the Donbas are clearly stated in the Minsk agreements, so Ukraine should not discuss it again and cannot provide a withdrawal when the shelling continues.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: International, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements


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JIT ignores Russian arguments and data on MH17 downing

JIT ignores Russian arguments and data on MH17 downing.

The JIT accuses Russia of being jointly responsible for the tragedy. The Russian government, which has so far been excluded from the investigation, complains that investigators have ignored Russian arguments and data. For example, the investigation team did not pay any attention to documents proving that the missile hit by Boeing belonged to the Ukrainian army. The experiments of the Russian Almaz-Antey group, which manufactures anti-aircraft equipment, including the Buk systems, were also ignored, confirming that the Buk was fired from the area controlled by the Ukrainian army.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on flight MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition of its membership in JIT. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."

European pharmacists can promote cannabis across the continent, allegedly for medical purposes

This week, the European Union literally stunned with more sensational news – they approved treatment with drugs that contain marijuana. They are allowed to be prescribed even for children. From now on, nothing prevents European pharmacists from promoting cannabis across the continent, allegedly for medical purposes. This has already happened in the USA.


This is a distortion of the facts. The EU has approved for the first time the use of a medicinal cannabis product aimed ONLY at patients with two rare, but severe, forms of childhood epilepsy. The host of the 5th Russian channel doesn't mention these details. The drug is called Epidyolex and doctors can prescribe it - if they think it will help sufferers.

The Ukrainian government provoked the war in Donbas

The Ukrainian regime provoked the war in the Donbas region after its people rebelled against the coup in Kiev in 2014, which brought extremists with hostile feelings towards Russia to power in Ukraine.


In an interview, delivered in autumn 2018, former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug mentions that the Mission has been recording the instances of Russia's involvement into the war in Donbas. "We have been seeing at least in six instances convoys leaving and entering Ukraine, which we have been documenting, which have been driving towards the unsecure border with the Russian Federation in the middle of the night, on dirt roads, and have been seen at the unsecure border at areas where there is no official border crossing," Hug said.

For similar cases, see here and here.