Disinfo: The aim of the coup in Ukraine in 2013-2014 was to seize Ukraine’s resources

Summary

A coup d’etat did take place in Ukraine. Its aim was not the establishment of the rule of law, but the seizure of resources, including financial, and population.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Euromaidan depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup.

There was no coup in Ukraine seven years ago. 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.

The aim of the protests was not to seize Ukraine's resources, but to launch a constitutional reform, to guarantee a stronger role for parliament, to put an end to corruption and political violence, and to organise early presidential elections.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that after Euromaidan Ukraine lost its sovereignty and is falling apart, that the Euromaidan coup caused the breakout of civil war in Eastern Ukraine, that the coup of 2014 and the resulting suspension of relations with Russia has halted Ukrainian development, or that Ukraine became a colony to the US after the successful colour revolution of Euromaidan.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Coup, Euromaidan

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There is no evidence of Holodomor in Ukraine, it was a US tool against the USSR

Initially, it [Holodomor topic] was due to the confrontation between the US and the USSR. The US used any means possible to crush the Soviet Union and to incite hostility between the people. The theme of the famine in Ukraine was, and remains, one of these means.

This terrible famine of people from various nationalities and on various territories completely destroys the idea that there was a ​​genocide of Ukrainians.

Russophobes, parasitising on the theme of the “Holodomor”, use it to incite hostility, and want to make Russia responsible for the famine of 1933.

Disproof

This is another disinformation narrative claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine. The Holodomor is well documented and was not invented as anti-Soviet propaganda during the Cold War. The genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933 is confirmed by a huge array of declassified documents, including official documents of the Soviet authorities and the Communist Party. The Security Service of Ukraine has declassified more than 5,000 pages of state archives about the Holodomor.

The Holodomor was an artificial famine created with the aim of destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. The Soviet state took away livestock, crops and seeds from the peasants under the guise that the peasants "plundered" state property. The Soviet law on the seizure of food from peasants was adopted in 1932. The punitive document is known as the "Five Spikelet Law". Everyone who gathered several ears of wheat on the collective farm field was a culprit in the "theft of state property". If the law was not enforced, people were shot, including children. Convicts were not subject to amnesty.

The Great Reset, a global plan by the secret elites seeks to subjugate humanity

A global plan called the “Great Reset” is being implemented which is planned and undertaken by a global elite that seeks to subjugate humanity through coercive measures.

Behind world leaders are unscrupulous figures who sponsor the World Economic Forum and “Event 201” to carry out their agenda.

The goal of the “Great Reset” is to establish a so-called health dictatorship, which Bill Gates lobbies with leading pharmacological groups.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic, exploiting the trope of "secret elites".

A baseless conspiracy theory, known as the 'Great Reset’ which claims a group of world leaders orchestrated the pandemic to take control of the global economy, has its origins in a genuine plan entitled 'The Great Reset', drawn up by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the organisers of an annual conference for high-profile figures from politics and business. The plan explores how countries might recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion that politicians planned the virus, or are using it to establish a dictatorship is wholly without evidence. So too is the notion that the World Economic Forum has the authority to tell other countries what to do, or that it is coordinating a secret cabal of world leaders.

Sandu wants to arrange a second Karabakh in Transnistria

Sandu wants to arrange a second Karabakh in Transnistria (the title).

Sandu in an interview […] says without hesitation: withdraw the peacekeepers as soon as possible, and we will arrange our Karabakh for Tiraspol. That is, it intends to use the army against Transnistria.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative spread before the recent Presidential elections claiming that if Maia Sandu won, relations with Transnistria will deteriorate and the conflict will break out again. The elected president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is credited with statements she did not make in an interview given on November 20 to the publication Европейская правда (Ukraine).

In the interview, she said nothing about Russian peacekeepers, the introduction of the army into Transnistria, or Nagorno-Karabakh. On the contrary, she spoke of a peaceful settlement of the conflict: ”I believe that one day there will be a geopolitical opportunity for the reunification of Moldova, and we must be ready for this. But in any case, it should be a peaceful solution”. Talking about the solution of the conflict, Maia Sandu said ”it should include the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Moldova”.