Disinfo: Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia is groundless


Ukraine’s claims about Russia, set forth in a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice, are not substantiated by anything. Kyiv accuses the Kremlin of financing terrorism in the Donbas, but in reality, it was humanitarian convoys with help for the local population.


This article contains some of the most common disinformation narratives of the Kremlin that there is a “civil war” in the Donbas. The war in eastern Ukraine is an act of aggression by Russia, which has been going on for five years. Evidence confirms that Russia is sending its mercenaries to Donbas as well as arms. The Russian weapons, including modern sophisticated systems regularly registered by the OSCE SMM, continue to be illegally supplied through the uncontrolled segment of the Ukrainian-Russian state border. Russia has been suspected from the outset of using its so-called "humanitarian convoys’" for transporting weapons, ammunition and other supplies to Donbas. Ukraine accuses Russia of financing terrorism and violating the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The lawsuit was filed at the International Court of Justice by the then President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, in early 2017. The lawsuit against Russia weighs about 90 kg, consists of 17,500 pages of text and is contained in 29 volumes. On 8 November 2019, the UN International Court of Justice ruled that it has the jurisdiction to hear Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia and rejected preliminary objections raised by the Russian side. Thus, the UN Court will consider the case.


  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, War crimes, Crimean Tatars, Donbas, MH17


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Holodomor was large-scale sabotage against the Soviet Union

The biggest sabotage is the story of the Holodomor. The famine is called the Holodomor, and some people continue to replicate this name. The Holodomor means that the people were starved deliberately. Not a single document has been found to prove that people were starved deliberately. It was large-scale sabotage against Ukrainians in the Soviet Union invented in Canada, in the USA, and in Western Ukraine.


This is a recurring Kremlin narrative about the Holodomor in Ukraine. The Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932–33 is a man-made demographic catastrophe unprecedented in peacetime. Of the estimated six to eight million people who died in the Soviet Union, about four to five million were Ukrainians. The exact number of victims is hard to establish as a lot of evidence was destroyed. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica," the famine was a direct assault on the Ukrainian peasantry, which had stubbornly continued to resist collectivisation; indirectly, it was an attack on the Ukrainian village, which traditionally had been a key element of Ukrainian national culture. Its deliberate nature is underscored by the fact that no physical basis for famine existed in Ukraine. The Ukrainian grain harvest of 1932 had resulted in below-average yields (in part because of the chaos wreaked by the collectivisation campaign), but it was more than sufficient to sustain the population. Nevertheless, Soviet authorities set requisition quotas for Ukraine at an impossibly high level. Brigades of special agents were dispatched to Ukraine to assist in procurement, and homes were routinely searched and foodstuffs confiscated." On 23 October 2008, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that recognised the Holodomor as a crime against humanity, caused by the deliberate policies of Stalin's USSR. On 28 April 2010, a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resolution declared the famine was caused by the "cruel and deliberate actions and policies of the Soviet regime" and was responsible for the deaths of "millions of innocent people" in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia. See the similar disinfo statements alleging that the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was not a deliberate action by the Soviet government against Ukrainians.

Poland’s Eastern policy is dictated by the USA aiming to weaken Russia

Warsaw does not carry out any type of policy towards its Eastern neighbours as all of the Polish foreign actions have turned into an instrument used to weaken the Russian positions in the post-Soviet region. For example, the Polish policy towards Ukraine has only one priority – to keep this country in the orbit of the anti-Russian states. Poland’s Eastern policy is formed by the actions dictated by the interests of the United States.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of Poland. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States. The statement that the United States controls the European and Polish elites is a conspiracy theory. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. Poland carries out active foreign policy towards its Eastern neighbours – the Polish government underlines the importance of implementation of the pro-active Eastern policy. This policy is based on the promotion of key Polish interests in this region – strengthening of independence and security of the Polish Eastern neighbours, support for pro-European and transatlantic trends in the region and support for reforms in the countries of the post-Soviet region. Regarding Ukraine, the Polish government has repeatedly shown its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine. See other disinformation cases on the foreign policy of Poland – “Polish politicians care about Ukraine only if it continues harming Russia”, “Poland did not invite Russia to the anniversary of the WWII outbreak because of the will of the US”, “Poland is not an independent country, so it cannot manage its own foreign policy”.

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Donald Trump has to shape his policies taking into consideration the position of various domestic power groups, which disfavour him. If Trump was free of their influence, the current international situation would look completely different. Without his own strong political camp, in some situations, Trump is forced to “give a smile” to the so-called “deep state”, which forms the core of American politics. Trump’s policy towards Poland is one of the elements, which is supposed to satisfy the “deep state”.


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