Disinfo: Euromaidan was an illegal armed coup

Summary

Essentially, the Euromaidan was an illegal overthrow of the government, with all the consequences arising from this situation. […] The fact that Yanukovych was overthrown as a result of an armed coup was clear to everyone except the Ukrainians involved in this “event”.

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.

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 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Euromaidan, Coup
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The population of Crimea has realized the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter through a free, peaceful vote that meets all international standards. Any discussions around the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation are meaningless: the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are fully integrated into the political, legal and economic space of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russian electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

Disinfo: In 2014 the Crimean population realised the right to self-determination through a free and peaceful vote

The Crimean population realised the right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter, through a free and peaceful vote that was held in accordance with all international standards.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

This is a comment from Russia’s deputy permanent envoy Gennady Kuzmin on the updated and enhanced resolution condemning human rights abuses in Crimea, which was adopted by the Third Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on November 18.

Disinfo: Britain is preparing for offensive cyber warfare with Russia

Britain prepares for an offensive cyber warfare with Russia. In the UK, 40,000 new jobs will be created, including in the area of ​​cybersecurity. They will engage in hacking and troll attacks, shaping public opinion in other countries.

The main thing is to influence the enemy (Russia, Iran, and China). Farce, forgery, misinformation, provocations, coordination of raids by robots and trolls – we saw it all perfectly in the example of the Belarusian events, when faceless and nameless “Belarusians” (with Polish, Ukrainian and Baltic States’ passports) directed thousands of abusive messages to de-anonymised security officials. [We saw] waves of “disinformation” about “the regime crimes”. While all of this didn’t help to bring the next Colour Revolution to fruition, it showed the awe-inspiring scope of the possibilities of this kind of “invasion.” If 40 THOUSAND new posts are created for this kind of “specialists”, and each will manage 10-20 accounts – that’s a huge army that can form an imitation of any “public opinion” needed! Indeed, it is potentially the most powerful destabilising factor globally.

Disproof

Disinformation message against the UK implying it manages troll factories to manipulate public opinion.

On Thursday 19 November 2020, UK PM Boris Johnson announced to parliament the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War.