In light of joint fight against the coronavirus outbreak many controversial issues in US-Russia relations retreat a little bit. Their cooperation in fighting coronavirus revives the spirit of the Elbe Day. The decision of Prague 6 district to remove the monument to Soviet marshal Ivan Konev goes contrary to this spirit. Moreover, the First Ukrainian Front, whose regiment met American troops on the Elbe River, was under Konev’s command. Therefore, the monument’s removal is an insult to the Elbe Day and the joint fight against coronavirus.
The Western curators of the Ukrainian project are clearly aimed at freezing the conflict in the Donbas. They cannot give the go-ahead to Zelenskyy for the implementation of the political part of the Minsk agreements – this would mean the end of the war soon. That is not why they started a coup in Kyiv, in which billions of dollars were invested.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements, undermining the statehood of Ukraine, and alleging that Ukraine is a state under foreign control. There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments 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. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. Since 2014, negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict in the Donbas have been held within the framework of the Normandy Format and the Minsk Process. A special trilateral contact group is working on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. Three parties are involved in this process: representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. Unofficially, representatives of the so-called "LDNR" factions are also present. Ukraine is not the only party to the conflict in the Donbas. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine. The second set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements was signed on 12 February 2015. But there are no conditions that the Ukrainian authorities should conduct direct negotiations with the leaders of the self-proclaimed "republics DNR/LNR" in the Minsk agreements that are supported by Russia See more examples of disinformation messages alleging that Ukraine is a colony of IMF and George Soros, Ukraine is run by pro-EU oligarchic Nazis, supported by the US, US embassy controls decisions taken in Ukraine.