DISINFO: After the Maidan coup in Ukraine, the country turned into an Afghanistan-like country and lost its sovereignty
  • Outlet: de.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 25, 2021
  • Article language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 254
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Afghanistan
Sovereignty Ukrainian statehood Ukrainian disintegration Euromaidan

DISINFO: After the Maidan coup in Ukraine, the country turned into an Afghanistan-like country and lost its sovereignty


And so it turns out: Ukraine has only managed to finally devalue itself in a few years after the Maidan coup, transforming itself from a prize (if you will) that the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union had really fought for at the end of Yanukovych's term into an unwieldy burden. And their future fate, if such a situation persists, is a very vague one - indeed, parallels with Afghanistan are becoming increasingly apparent. But that is not so important; everything discussed above, however, is only a question of time, nothing more. And as far as concrete conclusions are concerned - I am sorry, but for those who have lost their sovereignty and voluntarily become a tool in the game of others, it is inappropriate to weep for natural gas pipelines of all things. Ukraine has chosen this fate for itself, and if it is now being told to shut up from across the ocean [from the US], it had better not rebel against it. It should be careful not to upset its feudal lords [in Washington], because they have too much on their plate at the moment to care about any losers. Especially since these losers have managed to really gamble away everything - including the natural advantages of their own geographical location."


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood and Euromaidan, portraying Ukraine as a vassal of the West and consistent with narratives that Ukraine is under external control since the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution.

1.) On the Coup-claim: In 2014, there was no coup, nor a Western orchestrated protest in Ukraine. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU due to Russian pressure. It cannot be labelled as a coup, even though pro-Kremlin media are very persistent in doing so.

The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for Parliament, the formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence. For more details please refer here:

Ukraine's government changed its relations toward Russia after the latter annexed Crimea, which is part of Ukraine, illegally following the covert invasion of “little green men".

2.) On the sovereignty claim: Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but were violated by Russia in 2014. Ukraine has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of states. It has functioning law enforcement and court systems.

Similar disinformation cases alleging that the current Ukrainian government is ruled by Poles and Americans, that Ukraine is a collapsing, degrading state with no sovereignty and rule of law and that fascists and terrorists rule Ukraine, it is totally like Hitler's Nazi Germany.


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