East StratCom disinformation claim:

ATO is a terrorist operation conducted by the Ukrainian leadership against its own people. //The struggle of the Ukrainian military in Donbass is a “godless affair”. The separatists have God on their side as they are fighting for the right cause. // Ukrainians are Russian in fact. // There is a civil war going on in Eastern Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 4. April 2016

Debunk claim:

The Ukrainian army in Eastern Ukraine is defending the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens (http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/eu-says-ukraine-has-right-to-defend-its-sovereignty-and-territorial-integrity-355192.html). // Repeating an already debunked myth. Ukraine is a sovereign nation. // The war in Ukraine is a result of Russian aggression (http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/hiding-in-plain-sight-putin-s-war-in-ukraine-and-boris-nemtsov-s-putin-war).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depoua, blogger, researcher in Disinformation Review issue 23. The item is located at row number 2 in the report.

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