Disinfo: After Euromaidan Ukraine lost its sovereignty and is falling apart

Summary

Euromaidan that started on 21 November 2013, radically changed the lives of almost every Ukrainian. In the overwhelming majority of cases, these changes were for the worse, such as a civil war that soon began in Eastern Ukraine. Not a single Maidan slogan has been implemented. None of the leaders of the Maidan has kept any of their promises. Ukraine has lost the remnants of the signs of a sovereign state and is on the verge of complete collapse.

A coup d’état took place, and Western puppets came to power. Seven years have passed since the beginning of the Maidan and Ukraine has changed beyond recognition: no sovereignty remained.

Disproof

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests, the war in Ukraine, and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign country. It is not falling apart. It has a functioning government, embassies in other countries, judicial, law enforcement, and other authorities. It is a democratic country where people can choose the president, the parliament, and local administration. For instance, in 2019, it held presidential and parliamentary elections, and in 2020 - local elections.

Euromaidan was neither a coup nor a colour revolution, but a nation-wide civil protest against former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union and subsequent violation of constitutional rights, such as freedom of expression, the right to protest, and others. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

The war in eastern Ukraine was not caused by the Euromaidan. Protests in favour of EU association and reforms were held in all major cities of Donbas. The war is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

See similar disinformation cases on Euromaidan in our database alleging that Ukraine became a colony to the US after the successful colour revolution of Euromaidan, that the coup in 2013-2014 is the root cause of the war and other problems in Ukraine, or that Euromaidan and pro-European politics led to the collapse of Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Civil war, Colour revolutions, War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan

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Disproof

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Disproof

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