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
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
published by KyivPost
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.