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The referendum in Crimea took place as a result of a coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014

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The referendum in Crimea took place as a result of a coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état.

Maidan or Euromaidan, the demonstrations which began in November 2013 in Kyiv and finished in February 2014, was not provoked from outside but was a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. More cases on this topic here.

In order to justify the illegal annexation of Crimea and the reunification with Russia, Moscow claimed that Euromaidan was a coup d’état. In 2014, a particular political context enabled the mobilisation of latent pro-Russia sentiment in Crimea after the occupation by the “green men” had already occurred, NOT vice versa. Euromaidan created a pretext for Putin to enact a pre-prepared contingency plan.

The European Union does not recognise Crimea's illegal annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence for the annexation. For the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

For other disinformation cases about Crimea see here.

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Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 06.08.2019
Language: Italian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Ukraine, Coup, Referendum, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
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