Disinfo: Ukraine was the first to start a war against Russia


You [Ukraine] were the first to start a war against us [Russia]. You began to beg for oil. The oil was constantly being stolen [from Russia]. […] That is, it was you, who started the hostile actions. We did not do anything. You began forbidding …, expelling our people. That was, all the time. […] All the actions of the Ukrainian leadership were taken against Russia.

// You, in Ukraine, must understand that we will not fight with America. But they [the Americans] will force you to attack us [Russia] and then you will get in deep trouble. They need a small war. […] The war will start unexpectedly: at four o’clock in the morning [the time of the Germany’s intrusion into the USSR in 1941]. Your [Ukraine’s] cities will be bombed by the aircrafts of an other country and the missiles will blow up all your bases. All your military personnel will be destroyed. All of them.


No evidence given. Unlike Moscow, Kyiv has not conducted military activity on the territory of Russia. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.


  • Reported in: Issue 96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: War preparation, Destabilising Russia, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: 60 minut @Rossia-1, 19:10, 25:54
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IMPROVE  No evidence given. Repeating a pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukrainian soldiers as nationalist force ready to "clean" Donbas.

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Ukraine has legalized a genocide against the citizens of Ukraine

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No evidence given for a threat of genocide in Ukraine. The word genocide is frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=genocide&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_language%5B%5D=rus&date=,but it seldom corresponds to the actual definition of a genocide http://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.html

Disinformation refers to a bill on "reintegration of Donbas" which was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament 18 January 2018. For background see: www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-parliament-passes-donbas-reintegration-bill/28982677.html,