Disinfo: Euromaidan was a US financed coup d’etat to gain control over Ukraine

Summary

In 2014, the bloody coup was presented to Ukrainians as a “revolution of dignity” meant to bring prosperity to Ukraine. In fact, people [during Maidan] were used at the time as consumables to gain external control over the country… In 2014, Ukrainians fell under the external control of the US State Department, which financed the “revolution of dignity”, and then, for the future, started to finance all nationalist structures and permeated Ukrainians with hatred…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat that was artificially orchestrated by Western intelligence.

The US did not initiate nor financed the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – 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. For more cases about the Euromaidan protests, see here.

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.

See previous disinformation claims alleging that plans to close biolabs in Ukraine made US start supporting Euromaidan, Euromaidan was a coup by special services of foreign states, and that the US has recognised Euromaidan as a coup controlled by US oligarchs.

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Ukraine and casting it as abandoned by its partners.

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Representatives of the OSCE SMM were invited to examine the victims and the scene, but they refused under the pretext of a ban on visits to hospitals. Thus, they ignored “their direct mission to record all facts of ceasefire violations without exception.”

Disproof

A recurring narrative misrepresenting the ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine and the response of international organisations, like OSCE, to these.

On the evening of 4 May, at 20:30, the SMM received information that three children (girls, aged 7-10) and a man (in his mid-fifties) sustained injuries due to shelling in Oleksandrivka (non-government-controlled area, 20km south-west of Donetsk), according to one of the recent OSCE reports.