Disinfo: NATO military presence in the Black Sea intensified following the 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine

Summary

NATO military presence in the Black Sea intensified following the 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that Euromaidan was a coup and that NATO encircles Russia.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. 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 protesters asked for 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 violence.

NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.

For more information about NATO-Russia relations and disinformation narratives about NATO, see here and here.

Read similar cases claiming that Euromaidan was an armed coup that resulted in an illegitimate transit of power and that NATO intends to create a tense zone in the Black Sea region to destabilise Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Black Sea, Military, Encircling Russia, Coup, NATO, Euromaidan

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Since the coup Ukraine became a failed American colony 

Since the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, when the United States of America and the European Union, by supporting Nazi militants, overthrew the legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has been in constant financial crises.

After the installation of a puppet agent system, operating under the orders of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is steadfastly moving towards severing its economic relations with Russia, which is effectively causing the destruction of its industry, as it has become deprived of Russian suppliers and Russian markets.

Ukraine has long become an American colony and is increasingly becoming a failed state… According to some estimates, Ukraine is the only country in the world which GPD has not grown since 1991 and which forbids half of the country’s population to speak their native language – Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state, which is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state, also consistent with the narrative depicting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

Ukraine, as an independent country, has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of countries.

The campaign to combat the Russian media in the Baltics is part of the West’s larger geopolitical strategy

In the Baltic countries and in particular in Latvia they have been trying to neutralise the alternative opinion for a quarter of a century. These are methodical actions to oust any Russian influence…

The campaign to combat Russian media in the Baltics is part of the West’s larger geopolitical strategy.

The reason for the Russophobic policy is primarily due to the fact that the collective West supports those who support this same Russophobic policy and carry out their tasks. The Baltic countries have been assigned to create a “cordon sanitaire” around Russia, which they call a geopolitical adversary. Actually, that’s why all this is happening. And the floor is given to those who are just sharpened for such an anti-Russian policy.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the Russophobic West, painting Western governments as hostile toward "alternative voices" in the media, particularly Russian ones. Relevant disinformation claims can be found here, here and here.

This claim tries to portray EU sanctions on Russia, the result of its illegal actions in Ukraine, as unfair persecution against Sputnik and its employees, and against media freedom in general. In Latvia as well as in Lithuania and Estonia, Sputnik and RT are being accused of spreading disinformation, violating copyrights and acting as propaganda instruments. Different parties based their accusations on publicly available results of investigations conducted by relevant authorities and regulatory bodies as follows.

Lithuanian Conservatives forming state ideology and justifies people who participated in the Holocaust

Lithuanian Conservatives justify everyone who fights against the Soviet Union – even people, who killed Jews during the Holocaust.

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This political party (Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christians Democrats) has a monopoly for state ideology. All other political powers adapt to the position of this party. Lithuanian politicians, especially Conservatives, see the world as black and white. Even people who killed Jews during the Holocaust are “white” if they fight against the USSR. Lithuanians were especially active in killing Jews because there was a big population of Jews in Lithuania. (Today’s position of Lithuanian politicians) shows the inability to separate the wheat from the chaff and their vision of the black and white world.

Lithuanians actively participated in the mass killings of Jews. Unlike the Germans, the inhabitants of the Baltic States never regret this crime.

Disproof

This articles attacks the Lithuanian Conservatives (Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christians Democrats) and manipulates the history of the Holocaust in Lithuania.

The Holocaust was one of the biggest tragedies in Lithuanian history. During the Nazi occupation, in the years 1941-1943 about 90 per cent of the Lithuanian Jewish population was killed (more than 200 000 people). Local collaborators also participated in the events of the Holocaust. It is not known exactly how many Lithuanians participated, it could be up to 6 thousand collaborators. But many Lithuanians also tried to save Jewish people. In 2020, the list of The Righteous Among the Nations contained the names of 917 people who rescued Jewish people during the Holocaust in Lithuania.