Disinfo: Donetsk and Luhansk authorities rejected the coup that happened in Kyiv

Summary

Since 2014, Ukraine has witnessed an ongoing political and military crisis in the east of the country after the Donetsk and Luhansk region authorities announced the creation of two republics on their territories, rejecting a coup that occurred in Kyiv in February of the same year.

As a result of the coup in Kyiv, Crimea returned to Russia after a popular referendum organized on the peninsula in March 2014, through which more than 95% of the population of the peninsula voted in favour of returning to the “motherland”, but most countries of the world, primarily the Western countries, refused to recognize the results of the referendum.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the Euromaidan as a coup d'etat and claiming that Crimea chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

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.

On 26 February 2014, the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government. The next day a referendum was announced and a vote was held on March 16, 2014, in the Peninsula of Crimea. The territory was then controlled by Russian forces, though neither Ukrainian nor Russian election code was observed.

On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Moreover, the war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

Read more similar cases alleging that the extreme coup in Kyiv led to the return of Crimea and that Euromaidan was a coup d’état carried out by oligarchs, in addition, thatCrimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russiaand even that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine. Regarding the war in eastern Ukraine, see claims that Ukraine launched a military operation against Donetsk and Luhansk and that the Euromaidan coup led to civil war in Donbas.

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The blockade of the economy under the pretext of coronavirus has been prepared for a long time

Coronavirus is a so-called pandemic. The economic crisis caused by the so-called pandemic was thought of a long time ago. The final decision to start a special operation, code-named COVID-19, was made at a closed meeting of the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos. The decision was announced a week later by the World Health Organization. As a result, Bill Gates, the American billionaire began to take over this organisation. His foundation became the main donor to WHO.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling the world. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, acknowledging that the virus had become a global phenomenon. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. As of 20th May, the total number of COVID-19 cases detected had passed 4.7 million. COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in over 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 global deaths has now passed 318,000. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

Western elites implementing their plan X through pandemic

What is happening with the so-called pandemic in the world is the implementation of a certain plan of the Western elites. Or rather, transnational ruling classes. If the new coronavirus really was sudden for them, then COVID-19 appeared very much on time. In this case, it became the pretext for the implementation of a carefully thought-out plan X. In any case, we are dealing with the concealment of some kind of truth. One of two things: either this is a conspiracy of political leaders who, for some reason, are under the global “quarantine dictatorship”. Or the leaders received some secret information with no permission to disclose in order to avoid possible mass panic.

Disproof

This is a recurring conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic, biological weapons, and one of the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a Deep State or Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world and controlling leaders.This is part of the ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service. There is no evidence to support the claim that the coronavirus has been artificially created or developed as a biological weapon. The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading, with new cases being reported in more than 200 countries around the world. Read other similar cases claiming that Pentagon-funded biological laboratories are involved in the creation of the coronavirus, that the coronavirus is a bioweapon brought to Italy by the “Deep State”, that COVID-19 is a bioweapon created by Soros, Bill Gates and the "Deep state", that COVID-19 is a fake and a political move to install hegemony, and that COVID-19 vaccines will lead to Full Spectrum Dominance by the Deep Dark State.

Russian media is more independent than its American counterpart

It has been the practice in the White House to invite representatives of the US media, and to give them some “advice” about what to focus on and what to neglect. In Moscow there is no such tradition, and any journalist or analyst has the right to write whatever they want.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western media not being independent and biased while Russia protects freedom of speech and the press. Contrary to the claim, the Kremlin organises regular briefings with the leading media outlets to hand out instructions on how to write and about what.

According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries. On the other hand, the US according to the same index, ranks in 45th place.