Disinfo: There was a coup d’état in Ukraine

Summary

The Ukrainian government is the nationalist-minded putschist regime, which gained power in Ukraine after the Maidan in February 2014.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country. According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box".

This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko was the US appointee

The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, was appointed by the US administration at the time of President Obama, just as if Poroshenko were a US Ambassador to Ukraine. Hence, there is a bit of a clash over Ukraine between the Trump supporters and the State Department ones. The latter favour Poroshenko, while Trump doesn’t seem to care.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Ukraine - US Relations. Petro Poroshenko was elected in a national election with several candidates.

The OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission’s Final Report “Ukraine early presidential election 25 May 2014” concluded that the election “was characterised by high voter turnout and the clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms in the vast majority of the country”.

Litvinenko and Skripals cases were not brought to court

A new scandalous poisoning case is doing the rounds in the European press, this time of Imane Fadil, a Moroccan model who was allegedly a regular guest at former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s parties. The Litvinenko and Skripal cases are dragged up, thus alleging Russian involvement.  Any big case has to have Russia involvement. However, both cases were not even brought to court. There is no motive for either Berlusconi or the Russian security bodies to kill Fadil. The media are not interested in the lack of a good motive just as in the Skripal case.

Disproof

This is recurring disinformation about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Skripals.

In fact, both cases have been subject to the following procedures in the British courts.

Venezuela blackout caused by a US attack

On Monday 25 March, a new electrical blackout happened in several states of Venezuela. The cause of a power outage is supposed to be a cyber-attack. This is one of the first cyber-attacks of such a scale. All indications are that the attack was conducted from the United States.

Disproof

No evidence given. The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western efforts to destabilise Venezuela and/or eject President Nicolas Maduro from office.

The 2019 power outage is only the latest in a long period of power instability which Venezuela has faced for roughly a decade. The blackouts have been linked to "disastrous" policymaking in the energy sector, widespread government graft, and poor maintenance of energy installations which, according to one Venezuelan NGO, had been altogether abandoned by 1998.  In 2018, a Venezuelan trade union official was arrested after warning that a blackout was likely to happen due to the government's negligence.