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

Period/date: 7. March 2016

Debunk claim:

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

Additional information

This information is reported by Walter Derzko in Disinformation Review issue 19. The item is located at row number 18 in the report.

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