Disinfo: Washington seeks a war between Russia and Ukraine; Moscow tries to avoid it


A war with Ukraine, of course, is not a favorable scenario for Russia. On the contrary, this is what Washington seeks, and what Moscow is trying to avoid.


The claim that the US is dragging Ukraine into a war with Russia is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative not backed up with evidence. It also tries to deflect attention away from Russia's involvement in the Donbas war by speaking about the alleged involvement of the US or the West, and a possible military escalation at its insistence.

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Moscow will continue to support these territories.

More recently, since late October 2021, Russia has conducted a military-build up along the Ukrainian border, including the deployment of as much as 190,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles.

Read our recent articles on 7 myths of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Russian military buildup near Ukraine, and Kremlin fabricated pretexts for further invasion to Ukraine.

*This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that Poland played an active role in destabilising the situation in Belarus


  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Warmongering, War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Donbas
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Disinfo: Germany is a vassal of the US and still an occupied country

The US rallies against anyone who opposes its policy of aggression. And the vassal governments arround the world join the US to the detriment of their own countries. In Europe, it is primarily Germany, which is still an occupied country and is being set up as a "spearhead" on the European side of the Atlantic against Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use the narrative about different countries being under the American thumb - see other examples here.

Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America. Germany and the US have close partner relations as the two sovereign and independent countries that they are.

Disinfo: Deutsche Welle is the source of NATO propaganda

The fact that the US State Department supports Deutsche Welle shows that this media is a part of NATO propaganda.


The disinformation narrative is linked to the decision of the Russian authorities to ban a public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and close its office in Moscow.

Deutsche Welle is based in Germany and is, since many years, an internationally respectable global media outlet, providing journalistic content in 32 languages, including Russian.

Disinfo: As a result of the bloody US-coup in Ukraine, Crimea seceded to Russia

In Spring 2014, a bloody coup took place in Kyiv, which had been prepared by the USA for years, after which Crimea, with its predominantly Russian-speaking population, seceded from Ukraine. Since then, tighter sanctions have been continuously imposed on Russia for an alleged annexation of Crimea. However, this was not a violent takeover of the peninsula, as is constantly claimed. It was a peaceful secession after a referendum in which a high percentage of the inhabitants voted for the independence of Crimea. Afterwards, an application was made to join the Russian Federation. This is not objectionable under international law after the preceding events. "Annexation" is a fighting term used to accuse Russia of land theft.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.