East StratCom disinformation claim:
Russia did not initiate confrontation with Ukraine and is not responsible for the crisis in the eastern region of the country.
Documentation for claim
published by РИА Новости
published by Sputnik International
Period/date: 7. March 2016
Russian president Vladimir Putin admitted that he personally ordered the annexation of Crimea (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31796226). There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine (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
This information is reported by Walter Derzko in Disinformation Review issue 19. The item is located at row number 18 in the report.