DISINFO: Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration which fomented a Nazi coup in Ukraine in 2014
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DISINFO: Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration which fomented a Nazi coup in Ukraine in 2014

SUMMARY

Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration which fomented a Nazi coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014.

RESPONSE

The article contains two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives: the claim that Euromaidan was a coup d’etat and a disinformation narrative aimed at discrediting Joe Biden.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The Obama administration and Joe Biden did not control the protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014. 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.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

See a similar case claiming that Joe Biden was the chief curator of the 2014 coup d’état and that the US has taken Ukraine under external control.

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