East StratCom disinformation claim:
The current authorities of Ukraine unleashed a war in Donbas to ban the ‘Donbas nation’ from speaking Russian, replace it with the Ukrainian and impose a different culture and values there.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 1. March 2017
The EU High Representative’s Official Spokesperson has made it clear that “Ukraine has a right to take legitimate actions in defence of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens, in full respect of its international obligations. It is Ukraine’s duty to preserve law and order within its borders while maintaining a measured approach, in particular protecting civilian lives” https://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/eu-says-ukraine-has-right-to-defend-its-sovereignty-and-territorial-integrity-355192.html. According to Ukraine’ s Constitution and the Law on languages, every person is guaranteed the right to choose the language he or she wishes to speak and no restrictions have ever been enacted limiting that choice (see Article 10: https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/eoir/legacy/2013/11/08/constitution_14.pdf ; Ukrainian original here: http://zakon3.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/254%D0%BA/96-%D0%B2%D1%80)..
Documentation for the debunk
published by KyivPost
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 28 in the report.