Disinfo: Ukraine wants to preserve itself as an anti-Russian project


Ukraine needs war, it needs to preserve its anti-Russian project. It won’t survive without it.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Ukraine and Ukraine's statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign nation-state, not an anti-Russian project. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union. The Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine was adopted on 16 July 1990.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Russia established diplomatic relations and signed a number of important treaties. On 31 May 1997, the countries signed a comprehensive Friendship Treaty. As a result, Russia recognised Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also recognised that Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

See a similar case: Ukraine is an anti-Russian and anti-European project of the US. 


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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Bloodshed loomed in Crimea, but Russia didn’t allow it.

Was there bloodshed in Crimea? No, [Russia] didn’t allow it! Did [Russia] allow a conflict to evolve in Syria? No, we didn’t allow it!


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "good Russia" and how there were no killings in Crimea during the illegal annexation. The first victim of Russian aggression in Crimea was a Ukrainian soldier Sergey Kokurin. He was killed by Russian special forces in March 2014.

The other murder during the annexation of Crimea was the killing of the Major of the 10th Saki naval aviation brigade, Stanislav Karachevsky. This soldier died around midnight on 6 April 2014 from two shots in the back from an AK-74 assault rifle. The Crimean garrison military court created by Russia in Simferopol stated that a Russian, Yevgeny Zaitsev, from the Fleet of the Marines of the Black Sea, was guilty of this killing.

Ukraine doesn’t need Donbas

From the point of view of disinformation, the reintegration of the Donbas is impossible, because, firstly, the assets that the Donetsk clan had in Kyiv, they were plundered in their pockets. From the point of view of Ukraine, assets in Donetsk itself are no longer interesting. They (Ukraine) don’t need coal. They do not need an industry that is half destroyed. In general, Ukraine does not need Donbas.


A recurring disinformation narrative that it's impossible to reconnect Donbas with Ukraine, there is no willingness to do it.

On the contrary, the Donbas reintegration strategy is being developed at the state level. During 2015-2019 it was the State Agency of Ukraine on the rehabilitation of the Donbas. The new power in Ukraine is planning to develop the Donbas reintegration plan by 2020.

White Helmets have close links to Al-Qaeda and falsify chemical attacks evidence

The White Helmets have helped to justify in the media Western interference in the Syrian crisis, but they have also repeatedly contributed to ridicule those media. These media rescuers with close ties to al-Qaeda, have indeed received a financial boost of 4.5 million dollars (4 million euros) from US.

The White Helmets were repeatedly caught spreading misinformation.

In April 2018, images of an alleged chemical attack on a hospital flood social networks. Washington, London, followed by Paris, lead strikes against three sites of “the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime” […]. Three sites that were, in fact, under regular surveillance by the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), which found nothing to complain about.

While jihadists are globally defeated in Syria, why are the United States continuing their financial support to the White Helmets?


Recurrent disinformation narrative. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission also confirmed use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.  Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by OPCW. Because of this, they have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.