Disinfo: Democratic development of Ukraine suspended after coup instigated by the West


After denazification and demilitarisation, Ukraine will return to peaceful development. The evolution of the country's democratic development came to a halt in February 2014, after an anti-constitutional coup d'état at the instigation of the West.

After the completion of the operation, the EU and the West will have to realise how tragic the consequences are of pumping money and weapons to the aggressive neo-Nazi regime in the center of Europe.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan. This is consistent with the narrative about popular protests around the world which claims that they are incited and funded by Western states, including colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. This claim is part of the disinformation campaign related to the ongoing unjustified and unprovoked Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity have been violated by continuos acts of aggression by Russian armed forces since 2014. In 2014, Russia has waged large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine and is also responsible for the outbreak of the conflict in 2014, after having illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula and engineered the creation of rebel militias in Donetsk, Luhansk and other places, with its army actively participating in military clashes.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine is a clear propaganda narrative that became a cornerstone in pro-Kremlin disinformation. In 2015 Ukraine issued a ban on Nazi and Communist ideologies. As to far-right groups, they had a very limited presence during the protests and have suffered defeats in every national election after that

Learn more about the reasons behind Kremlin's obsession with framing Ukraine as a Nazi state in the EUvsDisinfo analysis titled "Why does Putin portray himself as the tamer of neo-Nazism".

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

Technical note: This disinformation claim was broadcast via Sputnik or RT on the date mentioned above. Due to the EU decision to temporarily restrict the spread and dissemination of RT and Sputnik inside the EU, access to the link may not work inside the EU.


  • Reported in: Issue 285
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Coup, Colour revolutions, Nazi/Fascist, Euromaidan, Maria Zakharova
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Disinfo: Ukraine ceased to be a democratic state after 2014

The civilian population of Ukraine and the whole country has become hostages of the Nazis and radicals. This has been going on since the coup in 2014.

The attention has to be drawn to the fact that Ukraine had ceased to be a democratic state after the events of eight years ago. Now it is run by neo-Nazis and oligarchs.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives undermining Ukrainian statehood and claiming that the Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014 were a Nazi-led coup.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Disinfo: Global corporations are responsible for the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is not a war between the Ukrainians and the Russians, but a bloodbath of global corporations: mainly arms manufacturers, grouped in the "World Economic Forum", whose aim is to destroy "northern civilisation".


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the so-called transnational corporations with a new element, connecting it to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The narrative tries to deflect attention away from Russia’s responsibility for the war in Ukraine.

The article's message is also consistent with a broad pro-Kremlin narrative about "threatened values" – one of the most common pro-Kremlin narratives – suggesting that those who are committed to traditional values are now threatened by those who oppose them and instead seek to establish a morally bankrupt dystopia. See a similar case here. The claim also connects to the narrative that the West somehow organised the events of Euromaidan and the war as it serves only the interest of the West.

Disinfo: Russian invasion of Ukraine started due to the genocide of the Russian-speaking population

The crisis in Ukraine did not arise because of territories, but because of the genocide of the Russian-speaking population. Russia has stood up for our citizens and compatriots in the Donbass. For us, this is a question of security, peaceful living and building good relations.


This is part of a disinformation campaign aiming to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, portraying the Ukrainian leadership as pathologically Russophobic and bent on subjecting the country's Russian-speaking population to "genocide".

There was no genocide of Russians or any other national minorities in Ukraine. The rights of Russian-speaking citizens are equally guaranteed by the Ukrainian constitution and legislation. Articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution guarantee the free development of the languages and cultures of Ukraine’s ethnic minorities, including Russian-speakers.