Disinfo: In 2014, Maidan in Kyiv started after American diplomats with military ranks conducted some meetings in Ukraine

Summary

It was the US diplomats, who had military ranks, that initiated the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but 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 as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence bit.ly/2ftv6iT, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 82
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Secret services, Euromaidan

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Russia never met with the AfD

Russia never got close to, not talked to representatives of the AfD.

Disproof

In February 2017, Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany’s far-right party AfD, held talks with Russian officials and politicians during her visit to Moscow, including with Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma lower house, his deputy Pyotr Tolstoy and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, and others. www.dw.com/en/head-of-the-afd-frauke-petry-meets-with-russian-officials-in-moscow/a-37643188,
Earlier, in April 2016, Marcus Pretzell, member of the European Parliament from AfD and husband of Frauke Petry, travelled to Crimea annexed by Russia.
www.merkur.de/politik/marcus-pretzell-von-afd-liess-sich-krimreise-von-russischer-stiftung-bezahlen-zr-7313209.html,
www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/marcus-pretzell-russische-stiftung-bezahlte-fuer-afd-politiker-krimreise/19288206.html,

Germany supported the American project of establishing a fascist regime in Ukraine

The German leaders and political structures started supporting the US project called Ukraine, deployed a practically fascist regime there, the regime of Bandera, a nationalist regime.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation and conspiracy theory. The US has never had any project for the establishing a "fascist regime" in Ukraine.

Ukraine has provided weapons and the use of resorts in Crimea to Daesh battalions

Battalions of the Islamic state have been resting at resorts provided by the Ukrainian state on the territory of Crimea before Crimea was returned to the homeland. Ukraine was also selling weapons to the Islamic state.


Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation. Further debunk on previous false claims on Ukraine's support to Daesh: www.stopfake.org/en/fake-isis-training-camps-in-southern-ukraine/,
Crimea did not "return to the homeland", it was illegally annexed by Russia. UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 11 states opposed it. www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47443&Cr=ukraine&Cr1=#.WdOcfWcdiEB,