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
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, which is often claimed to be under external control by the US, NATO, the EU, UK, or IMF.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine and support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

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The Sputnik V is a real vaccine. The vaccines from other producers exist only theoretically.

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The US is pushing its partners not to buy the Russian vaccine. It is part of the competition for the market. Americans want to get profit.

Disproof

The message is linked to the topic of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic and is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign in support of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. It contains different narratives, including a statement about the anti-Russian position of the Baltic states and tries to cast doubt on the vaccines developed by Western companies.

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Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about George Soros.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected President and parliament. You can find here numerous disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control.