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The US triggered a coup in Ukraine

Summary of Disinformation

The US triggered a coup in Ukraine, incited chaos, and enabled the creation of paramilitary troops to disrupt the country.

Disproof

No evidence given to support this claim. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood which claims that the protests were organised by US and/or the West. A similar case can be found here.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan" or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn, when after seven years of negotiations, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence  as can be read here.

Pro-Kremlin outlets do not deny the Russian military presence in Donbas and/or the annexation of Crimea.

The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

For more disinformation cases about Euromaidan see here.

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Reported in: Issue 162
Date: 08.08.2019
Language: Czech
Country: US, Ukraine
Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Aeronet
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