Disinfo: EU banned Ukraine from fighting in Crimea because they wanted to use Ukraine for economic purposes

Summary

Europe banned the leadership, which came to power in Kyiv as a result of the Maidan, from fighting against Russia for Crimea, as it hoped to use Ukraine for economic purposes. In Europe, they were confident that the coup in Kyiv would positively affect the economic performance of the Old World.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about illegal annexation of Crimea. Also, this repeats the false narrative that Ukraine is under external control since the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution.

Ukraine is a sovereign, independent state. Relations between the EU, US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between independent countries. They are established on an equal basis.

There was no coup d'etat in Ukraine. Euromaidan in Ukraine began in 2013 when Ukrainians spontaneously united against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. Yanukovich fled Ukraine in the wake of protesters' demands which 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 the violence

The war in Crimea did not start, because the annexation of the peninsula was planned long before. Unmarked Russian troops meant the seizure of administrative buildings on the peninsula in February 2014, when the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the pro-Russian politician Viktor Yanukovych, who later fled to Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum. The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law.

The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Crimea

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