Disinfo: Euromaidan was a coup led by opposition politicians to seize control over the country

Summary

Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Alexander Turchinov, Vitali Klitschko and other opposition leaders were the main organisers of the Euromaidan in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's statehood which claims that the Euromaidan protests were a coup d'etat.

There was no coup d’état in 2014. The spontaneous onset of massive Euromaidan protests was a reaction of the Ukrainian population to the sudden departure of President Yanukovych from the Association Agreement with the European Union and to the brutal dispersal of student protest actions on 30 November 2013.

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.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan

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US Democratic Party is trying to eliminate Orthodoxy

The US Democratic Party decided to use the Patriarchate of Constantinople for its corporate purposes, for the collapse of the Orthodox world as an incomprehensible and alien identity, of mainly Eastern European countries. Orthodoxy as a part of national identity is interpreted by the Democratic Party as a threat that must be eliminated.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the US is trying to split the Orthodox world. The Democratic Party does not use, nor plan to use, the Constantinople Patriarchy for its own purposes, it is not trying to eliminate Orthodox Christianity. Civil rights is one of the cornerstones of the US and the Democratics. The party pledges that it will "always fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability." See similar disinformation cases alleging that the US stands behind the pressure upon the Serbian church of Montenegro, that the Greek church recognised Ukrainian autocephaly under pressure, that Ukrainian autocephaly s a tool to split the Orthodox world, that the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is a tool for the neoliberal globalists and that US pushes Belarusian authorities towards talks over split from Russian Orthodox church.

Dutch “justice” is totally corrupt, as shown by the MH17 trial

The judge on the trial in The Netherlands of the downing of MH17 flight ruled out allowing Russia to present any evidence that would prove its innocence. Judge Hendrik Steenhuis refused to allow Russia’s military intelligence to reveal the location of the Buk missile [that allegedly shot down the plane] between 1987 and July 2014. Dutch prosecutor says that the missile was shot by the Russian government, not by the Ukrainian government; that it was made in Russia in 1986, belonged to Russia, and had been there since, and the Dutch judge rejected any Russian evidence on the contrary. When the Ukrainian government authorised Dutch authorities to investigate the downing of the MH17 flight, they signed a secret agreement that included a clause allowing Ukraine to block and prevent any finding that may implicate them. The Government of The Netherlands violates its own Freedom of Information law by refusing to make the agreement public.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about the trial on the downing of the MH17 flight over Eastern Ukraine, aiming to discredit the judicial process and maintain the pretence of Russia’s innocence and of an international set up against it. This article is consistent with Russia’s defense strategy based in requesting that the court revises every long-debunked claim -in this case, that the Buk missile involved in the downing was sent to Ukraine in 1986 during the Soviet period and remained there, despite evidences on the contrary-, in order to be able to assert that “not every stone was turned” in the investigation. The claim that the Ukrainian and Dutch governments signed a secret agreement with a clause preventing any investigation of Ukraine’s implication is a conspiracy theory not backed by any evidence. The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigative Team are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing of the criminal trial over the downing of the flight MH17 started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the Joint Investigation Team investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here. You can see other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the MH17 case in our database, such as claims that JIT tampered with the evidence; that the plane was not downed by a BUK missile, but rather by a Ukrainian fighter; that the plane crash was triggered by an explosion on board; that the trial in The Hague is not justice but information warfare; or that both the MH17 and the Skripal cases are anti-Russian provocations.

The US military is testing bacteriological weapons on Ukrainians

The US military is suspected of illegally testing bacteriological weapons on Ukrainians. In 2009, there was an outbreak of hemorrhagic pneumonia. In 2011, an outbreak of cholera. In January 2016, there was an outbreak of influenza. In 2017, a massive outbreak of cases of hepatitis A and measles.

Disproof

The Ukrainian Security Service urged people not to spread fake news about the alleged presence of American military biological laboratories on the territory of Ukraine. The US Embassy in Ukraine has repeatedly denied the "creation of military biological laboratories" in Ukraine. Viral pneumonia and other infectious diseases are not the result of the joint research work of the USA and Ukraine. Viral pneumonia and the aggressive H1N1 influenza strain that triggered a worldwide epidemic in 2009 affected not only Ukrainians: once every few years, worldwide outbreaks of infectious diseases are recorded, as viruses can mutate. Cholera is a severe intestinal infection that usually occurs in contaminated waters, which is what triggered several cases of cholera outbreaks in Ukraine. Outbreaks of cholera are constantly recorded in different parts of the world and have nothing to do with the activities of “biological laboratories”, as well as outbreaks of measles or hepatitis, which can be prevented by standard immunisation. At the end of 2019, Ukraine entered the top five countries with the highest incidence of measles. Specialists from the World Health Organisation concluded that measles quickly spread to countries like Ukraine due to the systematic omission of vaccination of local children.