Disinfo: An anti-constitutional coup takes place in Ukraine

Summary

A creeping anti-constitutional coup takes place in Ukraine today. We know how independent the current president of Ukraine is and his actions, first to ban television channels, and now to ban one of the leading Ukrainian oligarchs, are an indicator of his power. But everything is exactly the opposite. He was ordered to go beyond constitutional norms.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the Ukrainian statehood.

There is no coup in Ukraine. The decision to impose sanctions against several individuals and legal entities, including Victor Medvedchuk, one of the leading pro-Kremlin politicians of Ukraine, was taken by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine and signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky. This decision was based on the data that these people either finance or trade with the so-called LNR and DNR.

See recent disinformation cases on Ukraine in our database: Ukraine has not fulfilled one single point in the Minsk agreement; in 2014 the US and EU-backed Maidan putsch took place n Ukraine; since the coup Ukraine became a failed American colony.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Coup
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as an aggressor and presenting Baltic states as the puppets of an alliance.

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Disproof

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Disproof

The story is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Russian activistAlexei Navalny.

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