Disinfo: Western lobby demands Zelenskyy raise stakes of the crisis


In February, Western lobby (US Democrats) and financial groups in London demanded that Zelenskyy heat up the war in Ukraine because some of them were facing an election year, while others wanted to win by taking away the gas valve from Germany and putting the whole of Europe on high gas and fuel prices.

Now Zelenskyy is being asked to raise the stakes of the Ukrainian crisis, e.g., wide offensive operations, man-made global disaster, a tragedy for the whole world, chemical, nuclear, environmental, or other reasons.


Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood and sovereignty. The goal of this narrative is to try to discredit Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation, as a non-sovereign puppet of the West, accusing him and the West of provoking the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the democratically elected leader of Ukraine.

Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine is not a real state and is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations (e.g. United Nations, Council of Europe), and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of countries.

Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity have been violated by continuous acts of aggression by Russian armed forces since 2014 culminating in a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022.

In reality, neither the US nor the EU is interested in war in the heart of Europe. Western leaders have continuously called for talks and a peaceful solution to stop Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, but Moscow has been ignoring these efforts. Western nations did everything they could to prevent the war and have only been reacting to Russia’s full invasion.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Zelenskyy gets military advice from his 9-year old son, that decisions on Ukraine are not made by Zelenskyy but by the high-ranking officials in the US, that Zelenskyy is only a marketing operation, a Jewish face for a Nazi regime, that Zelenskyy is a marionette puppet in the hands of the West; or that The President of Ukraine is controlled by the US, Germany and France.


  • Reported in: Issue 315
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Armenian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, West, Democratic Party (US), Volodymyr Zelensky, Puppets, Sovereignty
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Disinfo: The EU, not Russia, is behind the energy, food and economic crises

The EU continues to falsely accuse Russia of being responsible for provoking the food and energy crises, and now also the economic crisis. The EU purpose for spreading misinformation is clear - to obscure the facts that the energy, food and economic problems facing the world, especially developing countries, are primarily caused by the bad EU policies. These policies are deeply rooted in the Western mentality of merciless exploitation of natural and human resources in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as waging trade and economic wars against Russia, including the imposition of unilateral sanctions unprecedented in its scope and consequences for the global economy.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions in the context of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that sanctions are the cause of economic crisis is an attempt to deflect Russia's responsibility for the global food and energy crisis. In fact, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has also destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine.

Disinfo: Accusations of Russia "shelling the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine" are hypocrisy

The Union is pursuing a confrontational policy, and all accusations of Russia of shelling the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine are hypocrisy.

We consider it the height of hypocrisy to accuse Russia of “shelling the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine”. The European Union has lost the moral right to say anything about war crimes, since for 8 years it has turned a blind eye to the killings of civilians, women and children as a result of shelling of the Donbas territories by the Kyiv regime.


A recurring disinformation narrative claiming that Russian troops do not hit civilian objects during Moscow’s war of aggression in Ukraine. Recurring narrative presenting the eight-year-long conflict in Eastern Ukraine as a one-sided genocide, perpetrated by Ukraine.

There is rich evidence that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine, such as the shelling of hospitals, churches, shopping malls, killing civilians, raping, as well as using imprecise weapons.

Disinfo: Ukraine wants to blow up the Kakhovka dam to block water supply to Crimea

Ukraine wants to blow Kakhovka dam in Ukraine. Such an event would cause the river to flood, sweeping away some 80 settlements and cutting off freshwater supply lines to Crimea for years to come.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about false flag operations. Such claims are a part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accompanying the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, trying to place the blame on Ukraine.

Ukrainian military intelligence said on the 21st of October that Russia had conducted the main mining works of the dam back in April, but warned that the floodgates and supports of the dam were further primed in the past week. Two military vehicles full of explosives were placed on the road that crosses the dam, the agency added.