Disinfo: Poroshenko and Lutsenko hide their and their “Western allies’” involvement in Euromaidan

Summary

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko are attempting to hide their and their “Western allies’” involvement in the shooting of civilians and policemen in 2014 during Euromaidan.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan protests and a coup d'etat in Ukraine.

According to a 2015 report of International Advisory Panel on Maidan investigations, “--- the PGO investigation found evidence relatively quickly to the effect that a Berkut unit had killed 39 protesters with AKS 7.62mm calibre weapons on 20February 2014.”

2015 ICC Report on Preliminary Examination Activities states that “(t)he  acts  of  violence  do  not  appear  to  be  a  mere  aggregate of random  acts,  but  rather  evidence  a  pattern  of  behaviour suggesting that  such acts   formed   part   of   a   campaign   or   operation   against   the   Maidan   protest movement.  In  this  respect,  it  is  noted  that the  alleged  acts  committed  share common  features  in  terms  of their  characteristics  and  nature  (including  in relation to a pattern of excessive and indiscriminate use of force, such as during public order operations, and the means used, such as batons, firearms and other special means), the population targeted (Maidan protesters and other civilians in the vicinity of the protests), the alleged perpetrators (state security forces –most often  the  Berkut  and  Interior  Troops –and  titushky),  and  locations  (mainly  the sites of demonstrations, predominantly in the city centre of Kyiv and to a lesser extent   in   other   regions and   cities in   Ukraine,   such   as   Cherkasy   and Dnipropetrovsk)."

The New York Times also established that “Berkut” forces were behind the killings that took place on 18-21 February 2014.

Finally, 'Euromaidan' was not a coup but a nationwide popular protest against the government's sudden announcement that it would not sign the promised EU Association Agreement. See the full debunk here.

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that far-right influence on Ukrainian politics grew after 2014 Kyiv coup, that Euromaidan was a coup led by fascists and that civilian killings during Euromaidan were orchestrated by opposition leaders. Also see related cases claiming that the US brought Poroshenko to power via an armed coup and that President Poroshenko was brought to power by the US and Ukrainian oligarchs in order to establish a nationalist regime in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Berkut, Euromaidan, Petro Poroshenko, The West, Viktor Yanukovych
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