The US and allies supported the coup d’état in Ukraine

Summary

The US and several of their allies supported the coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état, organised by the US and other Western states.

The protest movement known as Euromaidan, which lasted from the end of November 2013 until the end of February 2014, was a spontaneous uprising of the Ukrainian people, not a coup d’état.

People protested against the government of former President Yanukovych who, in a U-turn decision, decided not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union that he had promised for years.

For more disinformation cases about Euromaidan see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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George Soros destabilises states in order to provoke civil wars like Euromaidan in Ukraine

George Soros destabilises states in order to provoke civil wars like Euromaidan in Ukraine

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming  George Soros aims to destabilise countries and topple regimes in post-communist  Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. See here for similar cases.

In reality Soros’ Open Society Foundations [OSF] - which are inspired by Karl Popper’s concept of the “open society” - aim to promote civil society, the rule of law, human rights and liberal democracy  around the world by funding civil society groups.

Ukraine will not survive as a country in the current state of civil war

Japan disputes Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands but has been endlessly delaying this issue for a century or so. Ukraine cannot follow Japan’s strategy. It will just not survive this long, especially in the current state of civil war which it does not want to put an end to.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about failing Ukraine and the war in Ukraine. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. Prior debunks of this narrative can be found here and here.

The war in Ukraine was supported by Russian Federation armed forces, it is not a civil war as some want to portray it. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded Russia to stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and from the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded Russia to comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty

Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty. This missile was not developed nor tested with a range superior to that established by the INF Treaty. The US has never produced any proof that the missile violated the INF Treaty.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty, that the US is fully responsible for the demise of the Treaty, and that Russia is interested in dialogue about the Treaty but the US is not.

The INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, signed in 1987, prohibits the US and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers.