East StratCom disinformation claim:

Russia has not started the war in Ukraine, however, there is no other solution for a conflict in Donbass except for a military answer.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 15. February 2017

Debunk claim:

No evidence given. Military operations in Eastern Ukraine were launched in 2014 by an armed group under the command of Igor Girkin (nickname – “Strelkov”), Russian citizens and an agent of the secret service of the Russian army. That time, almost all the “leaders” and the commanders of the armed groups of the separatist “republics” in Donbass were also citizens of Russia that since the spring of 2014 has been massively supplying them with heavy weapons, ammunition, vehicles and fuel. See e.g http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/hiding-in-plain-sight-putin-s-war-in-ukraine-and-boris-nemtsov-s-putin-war, http://www.4freerussia.org/putin.war/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 59. The item is located at row number 32 in the report.

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