Disinfo: US interests prevent Ukraine from ending Donbas war

Summary

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not be able to end the Donbas conflict given that this would run contrary to US interests.

Disproof

The claim advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a US client state, and implicitly painting the ongoing armed aggression in Ukraine as an internal affair.

Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity has been violated  by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.  Washington along with Kyiv, maintains that its peaceful resolution is contingent on the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements.

See here for a related claim that Ukraine owes its very statehood to Washington's geopolitical manoeuvres.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: English, Spanish, Castilian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, US presence in Europe, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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