Disinfo: A former US minister condemned Euromaidan

Summary

Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul Henry O’Neill made a sensational statement. He wrote an open letter to all Ukrainians, where he revealed the terrible truth about their “Revolution of Dignity” to the “citizens of Independence”. In fact, according to the American politician, the US invaded Ukraine under the guise of the Maidan.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine has been under external control since the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution.

Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul Henry O'Neill never wrote such a letter. The original text belongs to a Henry Paul, unrelated to the George W Bush Secretary, and was published in 2015 on the German site "Contra Magazin" in German. Now, this material has already been removed from the site, but this page remains in the Internet archive.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan

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