Disinfo: Ukraine wants to restart the war in Donbas

Summary

Ukrainian authorities do everything to restart the war in Donbas. Because of this policy, the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Ukrainians suffer. Kyiv is trying to kill everyone, even its own citizens and others. The war has not been stopped, the agreements have not been respected, civilians continue to die.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine. The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has been reporting about ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions on a daily basis for the last five years. It has been documenting acts of aggression since the start of the war in April 2014. However, comparing to the previous years, in 2019, and especially between 9-16 of June, 2019, the Mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations. In an interview, delivered in autumn 2018, former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the OSCE 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. The war in Eastern Ukraine was provoked by Russia. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “[t]he information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.”

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  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, DNR, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, Minsk agreements, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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Disproof

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Disproof

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