Disinfo: The war in Ukraine was started after the coup in Kyiv

Summary

The war in Ukraine was started by a coup in Kyiv and the threat of genocide of the Russian-speaking population of this country, including in Crimea and Donbas.

Disproof

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 negotiation, 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. There was no war in Ukraine until Russian military aggression. There his no evidence of genocide, despite some infamous fake news stories on Russian state TV, purporting to prove so.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue48
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Genocide, Coup, Donbas, Crimea, Ethnic Russians

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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Disproof

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