Disinfo: Odessa tragedy was a pre-planned massacre of people who disagreed with the coup in Kyiv


It was a pre-planned, prepared massacre of people who disagreed with the coup d'état that took place on February 21, 2014, in Kyiv.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Odesa tragedy alleging that the Ukrainian government was planning the killings of people in the House of Unions. This narrative is combined with another recurrent claim about Euromaidan as a coup.

There is no evidence that the Ukrainian government was involved in the Odessa tragedy. No trial has yet established the responsibilities of the different actors before a court. A total of 5 cases on trials and 3 investigations are currently ongoing. Media reported about the tragedy in May 2014: the BBC, the Guardian, the DW. A chronology of the events has been established (1 and 2) and a non-partisan documentary film by Ukrainian Channel 7 has collected testimonies: May 2nd without Myth.

There was no coup in Ukraine. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan", were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure.

See similar disinformation cases about the May 2 tragedy in Odesa: on May 2, 2014, Ukrainian fascists executed 48 residents of Odessa; death squads used by Ukraine to burn protesters in Odesa on May 2, 2014; the CIA and Victoria Nuland helped the Ukrainian secret service to orchestrate deaths of pro-Russian protesters in Odesa in May 2014; on May 2, 2014, Ukrainian authorities killed peaceful demonstrators.


  • Reported in: Issue 243
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Odessa tragedy, Ukraine, Euromaidan, Coup
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Russia has imposed sanctions against the heads of the European Parliament and the prosecutor's office in Berlin. This is a response to those absolutely unfriendly and sometimes even hostile actions that we see from the collective West. The West is pursuing one seditious thought, accusing Russia of increasing escalation, saying that it was through Russia's actions that the deterioration and degradation of bilateral relations began. But this is not true. We have not done anything that could provoke such actions on the part of our Western partners. This is purposeful, as we now understand it, and, apparently, a long-planned policy towards the Russian Federation.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West's aggressive Russophobic policy and allegedly belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia.

The EU and Russia have committed to upholding and respecting the fundamental values and principles of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the market economy. Russia remains a natural partner for the EU and a strategic player combating the regional and global challenges. The EU’s approach to Russia is guided by five principles agreed in 2016 and reaffirmed, most recently, by EU Foreign Ministers in October 2020. Read more about the EU-Russia relations here.

Disinfo: The US Democrats started a racial war and terror, they will manipulate elections even harder

Given that the US Democrats are inciting a racial war, the well-being of Americans is declining at an unprecedented rate, and mass unemployment is posed to become chronic, Trump has good chances to be re-elected. It looks like he literally needs to do nothing to get into power at the next elections. The reality is more complicated though given that the US Democrats are in control of the voting process.

Under any pretext, be it a pandemic or global warming, the US Democrats will try to keep voters at home and use voting by post to the highest possible extent. Those voters who reach ballot stations, will encounter Black Lives Matter fighters. They will physically pressure voters to vote for the US Democrats' presidential candidate. This is what happened at the 2020 elections and will be repeated in 2024 on an even large scale.


This article is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin media narrative that the US democracy is an illusion, that the US Democrats sidelined with Trump by illegal means, and that the US is increasingly collapsing.

It has been widely demonstrated that there is no evidence that the US 2020 presidential elections were fraudulent. Likewise, the claim about the so-called Black Lives Matter terror to pressure American voters is groundless. Allegations of electoral fraud and the consequent accusation of the illegitimacy of the new administration, have been dismissed more than 60 times by different US courts and judges, both Republican and Democrats, due to lack of any significant evidence, including the Supreme Court on two occasions.

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Recurring disinformation narrative about the alleged widespread influence of Nazism in Ukraine. However, as far as the described demonstration is concerned, the Ukrainian authorities issued specific orders and the symbols used were not related with Nazism.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been a 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. Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election, far-right candidates scored very low (1-2%) and fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.