Disinfo: Frank Walter Steinmeier promoted the fascist coup in Kyiv

Summary

The German President Frank Walter Steinmeier promoted the fascist coup in Kyiv.

Disproof

There was no coup d’état or "fascist overthrow" in Kyiv in 2014. This is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests.

In this renewed and adapted disinformation claim from NewsFront, then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, currently Germany's president, was a "fascist brother". A claim for which no evidence is provided.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction from several segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013, after pressure from Russia. See the full debunk, The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder.

Disinformation outlets often portray western politicians who were associated with the Euromaidan protests as "fascists". See a similar case: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ensured the implementation of the Nazi coup in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Coup

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Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation claim, questioning the legitimacy of the US Presidential election 2020 .

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Euromaidan was an illegal armed coup

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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.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Ukraine, containing multiple disinformation narratives regarding the Euromaidan, the war in Ukraine, and claiming that Ukraine is a Russophobic state.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.