East StratCom disinformation claim:
The nation of Donbas is fighting against Ukraine, defending its right to live as it wants, and Russia is helping the nation of Donbas by all legal means.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 1. March 2017
Donbas is not a nation. The war in Donbas was started by Russian officer Igor “Strelkov” Girkin and his people, as Strelkov himself had admitted before: https://web.archive.org/web/20151022095154/http:/www.novayagazeta.ru/news/1689537.html // Russia still controls the intensity of hostilities in Donbas, as confirmed e.g. by the Estonian foreign intelligence service: https://www.teabeamet.ee/pdf/EIB_public_report_Feb_2017.pdf
Documentation for the debunk
published by Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 27 in the report.