Disinfo: Ukrainian private armies will fight in Donbas


Ukraine, bypassing the Minsk agreements, wants to unleash a new round of conflict in Donbas and replace the official Armed Forces of Ukraine with private armies, which are legalised in Kyiv. This will be “Plan B” for Ukraine, which will send private armies to fight in Donbas.


This statement is made without evidence, similar to previous claims that Kyiv does not want to implement the current Minsk agreements and that Ukraine plans to kill with impunity in Donbas. Act No. 3005 On Military Consulting Activities was indeed registered for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. The document proposes to allow Ukrainian military consulting companies to provide third parties and countries with services such as: training and transfer of combat experience to the armed forces, maintenance of military equipment, military construction, mine clearance, medical and security services, as well as mediation services - the peaceful settlement of military conflicts. (Аrticle 7) The bill emphasises that Ukrainian private armies are strictly forbidden to take part in hostilities during armed conflicts. They will also be prohibited from participating in operations aimed at overthrowing the constitutional system of the state and seizing power or territories. In addition, they are forbidden to cooperate in any areas and manifestations with the state recognised by the Verkhovna Rada as the aggressor: Russia, its representatives and citizens. Private armies are also prohibited from operating in Ukraine. (Article 9) That is why even if the Verkhovna Rada adopts this bill, private armies will not be able to take any part in the war in Donbas.


  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Military, Civil war, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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