Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation in LNR and DNR after the coup d’état


In April 2014 Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LNR and DNR, which had announced independence after the coup d’état of February 2014 in Ukraine.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the coup d’état in Ukraine. For similar cases see here and here.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of the Ukrainian population, ignited by the decision of former President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The Maidan movement resonated with widespread discontent with corruption and mismanagement under Yanukovych’s rule.

The concept of "civil war" in Ukraine is a well-known pro-Kremlin narrative about the war in Ukraine.

In April 2014, the head of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchinov, announced the launch of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Eastern Ukraine.  This was a reaction to attempts by illegal Russian armed groups controlled by Russia to seize administrative buildings and security forces in the Donbas. The fighting began the next day of the same year. Later, the anti-terrorist operation was reformatted into the United Force Operation.

After the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbas, there was a reaction from the United States and the European Union, which imposed the first sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. Anti-Russian restrictions have been repeatedly extended and supplemented.

Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the east of the country. In January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that Kyiv filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with the aim of bringing Russia to responsibility for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination, which are the result of its illegal aggression against Ukraine.  The lawsuit contains all the facts of Russian aggression against Ukraine, evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of Donbas.

In addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in April 2018 at the official level found Russia guilty of occupying Donbas. The Assembly’s report introduced the concept of "temporarily occupied territories (of Ukraine) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by the Russian occupation administration".



  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: DNR, LNR, Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska


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Candidate for Mayor of Zugdidi trades in human organs

Mikheil Saakashvili’s wife, who is currently running for the Mayor of Zugdidi, trades on human organs. Saakashvili brought Georgian doctors and servicemen from Ukraine who now take wounded and newly killed soldiers out of an anti-terrorist operation zone. After that, they place these soldiers in specialised transport, where they remove organs from their bodies. A now-former employee of the Ukrainian Security Service disseminated a video exposing Saakashvili and his wife of their “black transplant” activities. The EU and the US have an interest in human organ trafficking.


Recurring disinformation narrative about Mikheil Saakashvili's family being involved in human organ trafficking.  The claim reoccurred in the Georgian media in the context of the upcoming mayoral elections in Zugdidi, where Saakashvili's wife is running for office. No evidence is given to support the claim that the EU and the US have an interest in human organ trading. This is part of the reappearing pro-Kremlin narrative that human organ trafficking is systematic and is encouraged by the West.

Furthermore, the video referred to as proof of the claim is manipulated (see section video montage). The video of an unspecified representative of Ukraine's Secret Service appeared on Youtube on September 23, 2015. The footage in the video was a fragment from the video uploaded on Youtube on August 9, 2014, by a user Диванный партизан (Couch partisan). A video containing analogous footage was also uploaded later, on May 5, 2015, by an information portal, Hunter News, with the title: Трупы детей, убитых украинскими карателями Луганск 18+ (Corpses of children killed by Ukrainian chasteners, Luhansk, 18+). The further debunking of the video can be found here.

The US is using jihadist terrorism to destabilise Asian countries

It is likely that US and Saudi intelligence ordered the recent Easter Day attacks perpetrated by jihadist terrorists in Sri Lanka against Christians in churches and hotels. The US aim to destabilize Sri Lanka because the latter is one of Beijing’s main partners in the One Belt One Road Initiative and is moving into China’s sphere of influence.

It is also probable that ISIS attacks in the Philippines – which took place when Manila was trying to break away from its alliance with the US and to draw closer to China – were supported by US intelligence. It also likely that US and Saudi intelligence have exploited religious tensions in Thailand to destabilize this country, which is also an important partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

US, British and Saudi intelligence services have supported and used jihadist terrorist groups to achieve geopolitical goals in countries such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Bosnia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that US and other Western intelligence services are supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals.

There is no evidence that the US, UK nor other Western governments and their intelligence services have supported radical Islamist terrorist groups in any region of the world.

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The European Commission intends to provide €1 million to involve civil society organisations in decision-making and policy-making in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The EU intends to increase funding in order to weaken the power in the Republika Srpska and support the strengthening of the role of Muslims and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  In the West, they want to support financially any protest actions against Serbian President Milorad Dodik.


Conspiracy theory.

The European Union does not finance anti-government rallies. The funding that will be available through the Civil society facility and media programme  is aimed at strengthening cooperation and dialogue between the government and civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is in fact meant to assist governments in the country to better include civil society organisations into the decision and policy-making and improve/develop their strategic documents defining cooperation with civil society and social partners (e.g. employees, employers).