The Eastern Partnership caused the coup d’état in Ukraine and Ukraine’s disintegration

Summary

The current Summit of the Eastern Partnership demonstrates that the initiative is in a serious impasse. The Eastern Partnership programme has become an instrument of Western politics which led to the coup d’état in Ukraine and its disintegration.

Disproof

A recurring, unfounded narrative criticising the Eastern Partnership initiative, alleging a coup d’état in Ukraine and Ukrainian disintegration.

There is no connection between the Eastern Partnership and the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of the 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 widespread discontent with corruption and mismanagement under Yanukovych’s rule.

In April 2014, the head of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchinov, announced the launch of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Eastern Ukraine.  This was a reaction to attempts by illegal Russian armed groups controlled by Russia to seize administrative buildings and security forces in the Donbas. The fighting began the next day of the same year. Later, the anti-terrorist operation was reformatted into the United Force Operation.

In addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in April 2018 at the official level found Russia guilty of occupying Donbas. The Assembly’s report introduced the concept of "temporarily occupied territories (of Ukraine) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by the Russian occupation administration".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Armenia, Europe, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia
  • Keywords: euro, Eastern Partnership, Ukrainian disintegration, Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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The Eastern Partnership programme led to the disintegration of post-Soviet space

The Eastern Partnership programme played rather a destructive role in European politics in the sense that this caused the disintegration of the post-Soviet space.

Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring narrative criticising the Eastern Partnership - see other cases here and here.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU, if they choose to do so.

Ukraine is occupied by the US, Zelensky is a protégé of the US

The US has, de facto, occupied Ukraine without using military force. Ukraine has turned into a Russophobic, American protectorate, fully subordinated to US interests in a global confrontation with Russia. Russia has lost its impact on the political process in Ukraine. At present, Moscow has to agree with the US protégés and to play along to US rules in Ukraine.

 

Disproof

This message is consistent with a number of common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine, namely concerning the statehood of Ukraine, portraying it as a failed state under foreign control, Western meddling in Ukraine's elections as well as about Volodymy Zelensky as a puppet of the US.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine is not controlled by the US or the EU. The International election observation mission issued a positive statement concerning competitiveness of the Ukraine's 2019 presidential election and the credibility of its results.

European Court of Justice forbids deporting of illegal refugees

The decision of the court in Luxembourg [the European Court of Justice] court forbade Europeans to deport illegal refugees. The Europeans will remember that.

Disproof

Intentionally misleading reporting.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU Member States cannot automatically repatriate refugees and asylum seekers who have a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin, even if they are convicted of crimes.