Disinfo: The 2014 February uprising in Ukraine was a coup d’état


The 2014 February uprising in Ukraine known as Euromaidan was a coup d’état.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan.

The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of Ukrainian population, ignited by the decision of former President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The Maidan movement resonated with a widespread discontent with corruption and mismanagement under Yanukovych.




  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood


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EU passes whistle-blower protection laws immediately after Assange’s arrest

In an ironic twist, the European Parliament passed a whistle-blower protection law less than a week after Julian Assange was arrested in London.


The report falsely implies that the adoption of new EU rules on whistleblower protection is specifically linked to recent developments surrounding Julian Assange, hinting at the supposed "irony" of its timing.

Given their actual scope and the timeline of their adoption, the rules in question cannot be viewed as a response to Assange's arrest.

Sweden is preparing a bridge-head for attacking Russia

Sweden is preparing a bridge-head for attacking Russia and is basing soldiers and military vehicles on the Island of Gotland, a popular tourist resort in the Baltic Sea.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on western military, encircling Russia. Similar cases here and here.

Sweden established a military unit on the island of Gotland in 2018, consisting of a few hundred conscripts; hardly sufficient to attack Russia.

The West wants to set back Azerbaijan by 50 years

The West is keen to set back Azerbaijan by 50 years. It will try to stop Azerbaijan from transforming itself into a powerful, politically and economically developed, contemporary and great international authority.



Conspiracy theory with no evidence. Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Nagorno-Karabakh.

The European Union continues to support the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.