Disinfo: Lithuania sponsored the Maidan in Ukraine

Summary

The protests in the capital of Ukraine in 2013–2014 were partially funded by Lithuania. Lithuanian embassy was the external source of money and weapons [flowing to Maidan]. 

Disproof

This is a recurring Russian disinformation narrative claiming that  Maidan in 2014 was a coup d'etat, planned by the West.

The Euromaidan in Ukraine  began in 2013, when  Ukrainians spontaneously united against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to the violence.

Lithuania has supported the democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people in Maidan and provided medical treatment to those injured in the protests. Approximately one year after Maidan, in the context of aggression by the Russian armed forces in East Ukraine, Lithuania said it would provide Ukrainian armed forces with elements of armament for defense purposes.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Lithuania
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Euromaidan

Disclaimer

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