Disinfo: Euromaidan was a coup fomented by Victoria Nuland

Summary

Maidan was a coup fomented by Victoria Nuland.

Disproof

No supportive evidence is given to this recurrent conspiracy narrative on the coup in Ukraine in 2014, fomented by the West, Georges Soros or Victoria Nuland in person, often also portrayed as a "Nazi coup". There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was the people's reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Victor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See other disinformation cases on Euromaidan and their debunks.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Euromaidan
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The West understands very well that Crimean issue has been finally resolved

Crimea is part of Russia, it will never become either Ukrainian or anything else. The President of Ukraine, and many politicians in the West, understand this very well. People in Western Europe also clearly understand that the Crimean issue has finally been resolved.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and its progressive recognition in the world. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014 amid the presence of Russian troops. On the date of its announcement, the 27th of March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating 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. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation. On the 5th anniversary of Crimea's annexation, the EU reiterated its position of non-recognition of illegal annexation and declared that it continues to stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity. See similar cases claiming that Crimea issue is closed and Trump and his colleagues do not argue with the referendum’s results.

Europe is engulfed by sanctions against Russia

Major European countries are overwhelmed by sanctions against Russia […]. Nearly half of the losses caused by sanctions against Russia are incurred by Western countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are ineffective and/or meaningless.

In fact, the sanctions from the US and the EU do not aim to punish Russia or the Russian people but were introduced to send a clear signal to the Russian government after Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17.

Ukraine buys expensive gas from Europe just to spite Russia

Ukraine wants cheap gas but will buy it at high prices from Europe just to spite [Russia]. To pay 2 or 3 times more, doesn’t matter.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the gas supply negotiations between Ukraine and Russia In November 2015, Kyiv refused to purchase gas for the state’s needs from the Russian monopolist Gazprom. At the moment, all the gas used by Ukraine is acquired exclusively on its western borders. In the summer of this year, Naftogaz of Ukraine reported that at the moment Ukraine is buying gas at an open auction in the EU, at almost half the price that Russia offers. For example, in July, Ukraine bought gas for the needs of the population at $178 per 1000 cubic meters, while Russia's Gazprom offered Kyiv a price of $315. Moreover, the Ukrainian company Naftogaz previously won a court case with Gazprom for gas supplies for state needs. Naftogaz estimates the overall positive effect of the arbitration award at more than tens of billion USD over the entire duration of the contract for gas supplies to Ukraine.