Disinfo: The myth about Euromaidan is becoming weaker, it is evident now it was a coup

Summary

The myth about the revolution, democracy, and dignity becomes weaker because it was built on false grounds.

It was, if you like, a coup d’etat, as a result of which some forces came to power instead of other forces.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine. The onset of the Euromaidan protests was a spontaneous and endogenous reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden withdrawal from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

The protesters’ demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, the formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

See previous disinformation narratives alleging that 2014 Ukraine coup was orchestrated by neo-Nazis, Euromaidan was a coup supported by the US and that the list of those killed on the Maidan has a very weak connection with reality.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood

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