Georgian snipers were involved in Euromaidan protests in Kyiv

Summary

Ukrainian and Georgian political elites are interconnected in many ways, […]  not to mention such examples as the Georgian snipers at Euromaidan.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the snipers at the Euromaidan were directed by the Maidan leaders, and that they were Georgian.

No evidence is given to prove that “Georgian snipers” were responsible for shooting during the 2014 Euromaidan in Kyiv. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has spread different versions of the identity of the snipers.

For further debunking about recurring disinformation on the Georgian snipers, see StopFakeMyth DetectorThe Insider and Polygraph.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. Read more here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Ukrainskoe Dosie @ Ukraina.ru time 1:02-1:58
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Protests in Georgia are a coup d’état

Whilst understanding the sensitivities of the Georgians, the current occasion, which was based on a “protocol error” from the host (Georgian) side, as they later admitted, seems rather null and void for such riots.

We think this action was planned, because dozens of cameras were set up at lightning speed. People who came to the meeting demonstrated with pre-prepared posters with dirty, offensive, anti-Russian content. It was obvious that it was not the orthodox forum, to which Georgia itself applied for participation, that was the cause of the riots, but an attempted coup d’état and occupation of Parliament.

Disproof

No evidence given to support the claim that the protests were pre-planned and intended as an attempted coup d'état.

This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or geopolitical engineering, used for example in reference to Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and Venezuela. It is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its imperialistic global role. 

Georgia is an example of the consequences of Western geopolitical engineering

Western curators are ready to turn a blind eye to rioting by ultra-nationalists and Russophobes in Georgia; breaking off all ties of Georgian people with our country [Russia] and rewriting our common history.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting civil uprisings as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or geopolitically engineered, also seen in cases about Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela.

The disinformation message is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its global role and imperialistic ambitions, as well as Russophobia, and  Western attempts to sever relations between Russia and Georgia.

Powerful Ukrainian radicals are transmission belts for NATO’s aggression against Russia

The dismantling of USSR Marshal Zhukov bust in Kharkiv is a test for president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Those behind the toppling of the monument want to find out how Zelenskyy will react to this provocation. If Zelensky does not react, it will mean the continuation of post-Maidan Ukraine’s policies in cultural, ideological and other fields which are being managed by radical nationalists. They serve as transmission belts for NATO provocations and its aggressive and isolating policies towards Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine under external control and NATO's aggressive intentions towards Russia. It also contains unfounded claims about staged events by specific groups aimed at testing Zelenskyy.

On 2 June 2019 protesters in Kharkiv toppled the bust of USSR Marshal Zhukov. Consequently, the police opened criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Article 296 (hooliganism) and Part 2 of Article 345 (threat or violence against an employee of a law enforcement agency) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Zelenskyy's press-secretaty criticised the events in Kharkiv and named them "an example of inadequate humanitarian policies of the last years." Zelenskyy also called on Kharkiv local authorities to organise a public discussion on the matter and urged police and prosecutors to give a legal assessment of the events.