DISINFO: After the coup in 2014, Ukraine is acting according to the dictates of the West
  • Outlet: de.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: April 07, 2021
  • Article language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 240
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, US, Russia
Coup Euromaidan Petro Poroshenko Volodymyr Zelensky Ukrainian statehood

DISINFO: After the coup in 2014, Ukraine is acting according to the dictates of the West


After the coup in 2014, all important decisions were made outside Ukraine. That is why the current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, like his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, is acting according to the dictates of the West with the US at the helm.


There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests, connected with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, which it claims is under external control from the US or EU. Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction from several segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013, after pressure from Russia. See the full debunk The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder.

The West did not interfere in Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine and support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.


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