By staging Euromaidan, the West meant Ukraine to die

Summary

Ukrainian Euromaidan was not spontaneous. It was prepared secretly from Ukrainian society from outside Ukraine. This allows considering Euromaidan an orange revolution. The aims of Euromaidan organizers were to change the geopolitical map of Europe, namely, to destroy the Eurasian Union, to tear Ukraine apart from Russia, and to weaken Russia. The latter headed the resistance to Western neo-liberal order.

In this political game, Ukraine became a bargaining chip without any independent value. The revolution organizers reckoned that without Russian ties Ukraine will be ultimately destroyed by inner contradictions. Only a few people in the West were interested in the fate of Ukraine. They wanted Ukraine to make its case and to die. Today’s Ukraine existence is fully dependent on the successful implementation of its only function, namely, to destabilize Russia. Euromaidan’s victory meant that Ukrainian statehood entered into the phase of agony. This agony will continue until Ukraine will preserve any chance to conduct aggressive, anti-Russian politics.

Disproof

This publication shares a conspiracy which contains recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about coup d'etat in Ukraine, West-staged colour revolutions, and West's attempts to tear Ukraine apart of Russia and to make it anti-Russian.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s violent dispersal of peaceful student protests against Yanukovych's sudden decision to withdraw from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here.

The Western countries did not mean Ukraine to die as alleged and, on the contrary, continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to provide it financial assistance. The EU is the biggest foreign donor of Ukraine. Ukraine is the largest recipient of the EU’s macro-financial aid among all non-EU countries. Since 2014, Ukraine has received on average 650 million euros every year from the EU, twice as much as from the United States. Individual EU member-states, primarily Germany, France, and the UK, have also provided financial support to Ukraine. For instance, between 2014 and 2017 Germany contributed a total of €786 million, much of it towards education and post-emergency reconstruction. The United Kingdom provided €105 million, supporting reforms in areas such as peace-building, conflict prevention, and public sector management.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Teleskop
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Ukraine is a state formation, not a country

It is hard to name Ukraine a country because of external influence over it. It is rather a state formation, an engineered state.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukrainian statehood and painting the West as the puppet-master of Ukrainian politics.

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government, while its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but were violated by Russia in 2014. The EU works closely with Ukraine and supports 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.

US and NATO military preparations remind Hitler’s intervention

The U.S. and NATO have finished all the research and development of weapons and are currently putting them into service. This reminds of the intervention of the collective West in the person of Hitler in the USSR. He was allowed to gather the whole of Europe to attack our lands.

Disproof

This is a manipulative message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about aggressive West and Western anti-Russian activities. By drawing groundless parallels between the present-day U.S. and NATO, on the one hand, and Nazi Germany, on the other, this publication also brings up West / Nazi narrative.

The Nazi ideology and the present-time Western countries are based on opposite values ​​and principles. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. Read a past summary on how pro-Kremlin outlets use the accusation of Nazism to discredit the Western countries.

Orthodox world splits over “Ukrainian question”

The [Orthodox Church of Ukraine] was created as a political tool needed for its backers to expand their influence and financial wealth. Agressive actions of the OCU undrmine the concept of the Orthodox Church as a traditional religious system [sic]. These agressive actions will apparently lead to a further split among the Orthodox Church [sic].

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to instigate revolutions in EU neighbourhood. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have frequently attacked the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

This message is also consistent with a narrative about the West challenging traditional values. Similar cases, where traditional values in Europe are attacked via "sects", can be found herehere and here.