Disinfo: The European Union triggered a violent political crisis in Ukraine


The European Union triggered a violent political crisis and a long and bloody war in Ukraine.


Recurring disinformation narrative about alleged EU's role in Ukrainian crisis.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to the Yanukovych government’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The violence in Eastern Ukraine was initiated by Kremlin-backed armed units.


  • Reported in: Issue39
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, War in Ukraine


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