Disinfo: Washington is clearly responsible for the war in Donbas


An escalation of violence and a revolt of which we know nothing or almost nothing in the West. 13 thousand deaths that are unknown because the cause seems heard. Not recognized by the international community and because it is pro-Russian self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk would have no word to say.
Who is responsible for these wars? Who continues to pour oil on the fire? Who wants to oppose the European peoples? It’s clearly Washington. Yugoslavia was destroyed because it did not correspond to the geopolitical strategy of Washington, the Atlantists, the neoconservatives, the hawks.. It’s the same situation in Ukraine. Who financed, who paid the Maidan? Who paid Ukrainian extremists to make them physically, violently bring down the democratically elected president of Ukraine? Yanukovich was ousted by Washington because Washington does not want Ukraine to remain in the Russian world at all.


No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy narrative that there are no naturally grown, grass roots movement in Ukraine and other countries, and the protests are driven only "by Washington". In the case of Ukraine, the 2013 Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia participates in the conflict with Ukraine sending mercenaries to Donbas. This is happening amid the absence of full Russia-Ukraine demarcation. Last time the demarcation was postponed in 2010. Russian ministry of foreign affairs does not recognize the unilateral demarcation declared by Ukraine after 2014.

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.

Former French president François Hollande was a negotiator of the Minsk agreements. He wrote in his memories that it was obvious that Russia and Putin backed the "separatists". Putin said to Poroshenko "I'll crush you" during these negotiation, according to François Hollande.


  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Donbas


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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan and war in East Ukraine.

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Unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies

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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor fighting against traditional values and endangering societies. The idea of Moscow being the protector of traditional values is not new and is part of the notion of Moscow being the Third Rome.

'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

The West does not consider Russians as people

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Hungarians and Romanians, as members of the EU are seen as masters in Ukraine, that is why they are allowed to do anything.



Disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Russophobia and Ukraine lacking statehood.

Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty (see also here for more information).