Disinfo: Euromaidan was an armed coup that resulted in an illegitimate transit of power

Summary

There was an armed seizure of state power. People, who would never have received this power honestly and in elections, made a lot of laws for themselves that justified their power and began to plunder. Ukraine was left without a future.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Euromaidan depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup.

There was no armed coup in Ukraine seven years ago. 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.

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.

After the Euromaidan, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine called presidential elections, since the then President of Ukraine escaped from the country. The elections were held on 25 May. Their results were recognised by international organisations, such as OSCE, and foreign governments.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that the US financed the 2013-14 "colour revolution" and ouster of former Ukrainian president Yanukovych, that in February 2014 a violent coup took place in Kyiv, that deep state with Victoria Nuland was the driving force behind regime overthrow in Ukraine, or that there was a coup d'etat in Ukraine in 2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Euromaidan, Coup
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After Euromaidan Ukraine lost its sovereignty and is falling apart

Euromaidan that started on 21 November 2013, radically changed the lives of almost every Ukrainian. In the overwhelming majority of cases, these changes were for the worse, such as a civil war that soon began in Eastern Ukraine. Not a single Maidan slogan has been implemented. None of the leaders of the Maidan has kept any of their promises. Ukraine has lost the remnants of the signs of a sovereign state and is on the verge of complete collapse.

A coup d’état took place, and Western puppets came to power. Seven years have passed since the beginning of the Maidan and Ukraine has changed beyond recognition: no sovereignty remained.

Disproof

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests, the war in Ukraine, and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign country. It is not falling apart. It has a functioning government, embassies in other countries, judicial, law enforcement, and other authorities. It is a democratic country where people can choose the president, the parliament, and local administration. For instance, in 2019, it held presidential and parliamentary elections, and in 2020 - local elections.

Rail Baltica is built for the purposes of NATO

The Rail Baltica railroad is built in the Baltic States for purposes of North-Atlantic alliance. Without NATO, the purpose of this project is absolutely not clear.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targetting NATO's presence in the Baltic states.

The Rail Baltica is a project of the European Union (not NATO). It is part of EU's North Sea-Baltic TEN-T corridor. The Rail Baltica is financed by the EU as well as by Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. It envisages a continuous rail link from Tallinn (Estonia) to Warsaw (Poland), going via Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania). The Baltic route should be completed by 2025; the link to Warsaw by 2030.

European Commission implements the plan imposed by world oligarchs who cash in on the coronavirus pandemic

First, they will isolate people in their apartments, then they will clean them up: the plan of the world’s oligarchs leaked to journalists.

The financial and political elite, who meet once a year at the Davos Economic Forum, are trying to cash in on the COVID-19 crisis.

Almost 100% of the mass media is in the hands of a handful of oligarchs whose interests do not coincide with those of the people.

This plan to “reset the world”, called “COVID-19: The Great Reset”, carried out down to the smallest detail by the European Commission, is the backbone of Joe Biden’s overseas programme. In general, the level of state support for the project is directly related to the adoption of the story about the COVID-19 pandemic, imposed by major media.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus pandemic, exploiting the trope of "secret elites".

In an article, published in November 2020 Tsargrad refers to a never before seen report on a plan by oligarchs to reduce the population and to cash in on the pandemic and names Emmanuel Ratier, who died in 2015, as the alleged author of the "Investigation by Faits et Documents".See previous theories that Bill Gates is working on depopulation policies and artificially created the coronavirus for this purpose.