Disinfo: “Western curators” are interested in freezing the conflict in the Donbas

Summary

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.

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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

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Coup, Donbas, Euromaidan, The West, Minsk agreements, Ukrainian statehood
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Kyiv is imposing a siege on Donbas

We hope that the siege imposed by Kyiv on Donbas will be lifted as soon as possible.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray the Ukrainian government as the aggressor in the Donbas, when in fact Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces.

The territories of Donbas are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has stressed on several occasions that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, the international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Russia has the right to reclaim the original Russian lands from Ukraine

There should be friendly states along the perimeter of the Russian Federation that recognise the special role of Russia in the post-Soviet space. States that pursue an anti-Russian policy must understand: Russia will not make any concessions.

Russia has all the rights to reclaim the original Russian lands of southeastern Ukraine.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine in 2014.

The European Union has become a real “meat grinder”, which “grinds” small countries

The EU has become a real “meat grinder”, which “grinds” small countries. The EU has turned the Baltic states, Bulgaria and Romania into a “market for the empire.” And local production was destroyed under the pretext of “inconsistency with European standards.”

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