Disinfo: In Ukraine, in 2014 there was a coup d'état


In Ukraine, in 2014 there was a coup d'état.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests in Kyiv as a coup d'état.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

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  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2021
  • Article language(s) English, Spanish, French, Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan, Viktor Yanukovych
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Disinfo: Poland is getting ready to annex Western Belarus

Poland uses the excuse of combating irregular migration as a cover up for a huge regrouping of troops and the creation of an assault group at the border with Belarus. It seems that Warsaw is planning to solve a number of its political problems with a small victorious war. Poland is getting ready to get the territories which Joseph Stalin took away in 1939. The idea is very simple: three military groups need to crush Belarusian troops by Hrodna and Brest and reach the 1939 borderline.


This is a conspiracy theory, which is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Polish plans to re-establish its empire at the expense of its Eastern neighbours.

Poland has increased its troop numbers to ca. 15.000 on its Eastern borders with Belarus due to security and migration challenges. However, claims about preparation for a military attack against Belarus and annexation of its territories are groundless and lacks any basic military sense. Poland respects the territorial integrity of its neighbouring states and is not getting ready for a military attack against Belarus.

Disinfo: Messages about Russian aggression against Ukraine are propaganda

Does anyone really believe that Russia is attacking Ukraine? These messages are shared already eight years but it was quite clear that it is propaganda. The purpose of this propaganda was the Atlantisation of Ukraine and the restrictions of relations between Russia and the EU.


The message denies Russia's role in the war in Ukraine and presents concerns about Moscow's aggressive behaviour toward neighbours as propaganda.

The war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

Disinfo: Migrants on Polish border were able to enter Belarus thanks to the visa-free regime

The ongoing, well-organised influx into Belarus of migrants from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and other countries in the region was made possible thanks to the visa-free agreement between Minsk and the above-mentioned states.


The claim advances a disinformation narrative regarding the migration situation on the EU-Belarus border.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry explicitly states that none of the states mentioned in the claim have a visa-free agreement with Belarus. Moreover, many migrants have been issued tourist visas upon arrival at Minsk airport.