Disinfo: In 2014 Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from office in a coup

Summary

According to the Ukrainian government, some 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far, since the current leadership ousted then-incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych from office in a coup.

Disproof

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests.

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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 242
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/04/2021
  • Article language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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