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

Summary

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."

Disproof

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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  • Reported in: Issue 254
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/07/2021
  • Article language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Afghanistan
  • Keywords: Sovereignty, Ukrainian statehood, Ukrainian disintegration, Euromaidan
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Disproof

A recurrent disinformation narrative denying Ukraine’s statehood and misrepresenting Ukraine as being externally controlled by the West. The article serves to undermine confidence in Ukraine’s sovereignty and paint Western states as aggressors, while falsely presenting Russia’s aggressive policies against Ukraine as defensive and justified.

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Disinfo: Ecumenical Patriarchate is manipulated by Washington

The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul is manipulated by the United States against the ideals of Orthodox Church. More specifically, the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was not a simple decision by Patriarch Bartholomew but he was guided by Washington.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western interference in the affairs of the Orthodox Church.

This claim also attempts to delegitimise the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, one of the pro-Kremlin outlets' ongoing disinformation campaigns against Ukraine, by claiming that the US inappropriately sought to influence the process.

Disinfo: Mainstream media exaggerated the size of protests in Cuba and distorted their demands

Protests of all kinds are common in Latin America, but depending on their sign and colour, some get a media artillery in a few hours, as in Cuba, while others are at the mercy of their social media outreach and the efforts of activists to be heard, as in Colombia. In the last days, we witnessed protests of the first kind, a mobilisation that despite its size got the media to focus almost at a global level.

Mainstream media insisted tirelessly from the beginning that these were demonstrations against the dictatorship and in support of freedom, a reductionist and biased interpretation. Demonstrations started with specific, understandable economic demands, but of course, in a matter of hours were interpreted by media all over the world as a frontal rejection of the political system of the country, without nuances.

Disproof

The claims are false. Demonstrations took place in no less than 37 different spots of the island (which some counts elevate to at least 58 locations), a very significant mobilisation in a country where protest and public dissent is forbidden.

Though economic difficulties and other deprivations were behind them, it is not true that it was international mainstream media who attributed to these protests political intentionality. The first protest, which took place in San Antonio de los Baños on the morning of 11 July 2021, already had a marked political and anti-governmental character, as can be seen in this video that was broadcasted live by one protester, with demonstrators chanting “Freedom” and “We don’t have fear” from an early stage, as well as “Patria y Vida” [“Fatherland and Life”], a strongly anti-regime song banned in Cuba whose chorus contrasts to the long-standing motto of the Cuban Revolution “Patria o Muerte” [“Fatherland or Death”], and which explicitly supports opposition-minded San Isidro movement. Similar chants, as well as anti-government comments, were registered by international reporters in protests all over Cuba.