Disinfo: The West funded the Ukrainian coup with $5 billion


In the beginning, the West allocated $5 billion in the form of "aid" to Ukraine, which went to support the coup, and as a result of this, appeared those deprived of everything, who claim that the West wants to help them.


This is a recurring narrative that Ukraine is influenced by the West, and Maidan in 2014 was a coup d'etat, planned by the West.

This claim is linked to a statement by former US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland in late 2013. Then she said that the United States has invested $5 billion in more than 20 years to develop democratic processes and reforms in Ukraine. The diplomat said that this is the total amount of assistance that Washington has allocated to Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Money was allocated for fair elections, to fight corruption and to develop the energy sector. Victoria Nuland later frequently repeated these theses, including in various interviews.

Ukraine has defined her foreign policy orientation with Euro-Atlantic integration as a key component and the EU also welcomes Ukraine's aim and has agreed an Association Agreement (AA) and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) boosting the opportunities for trade and investments. See details about the loans on favourable terms (€1.2 billion), Support programmes (€11 billion during 2014-2020), Macro-financial assistance (more than €3.8 billion) and autonomous trade measures and other elements here.

Additionally, there was no coup, let alone Western-sponsored coup, in Ukraine seven years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – 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.

See similar stories that the US sponsored Maidan in Ukraine in 2014, that the US intervened in Ukraine, which resulted in Ukraine's split and civil war, and that the US supported the 2014 coup d'état in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 258
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Coup, West, Ukraine
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Disinfo: Serious countries neglected Crimean Platform because they know Crimea is Russian

Today the Crimean Platform started its work in Kyiv. A very mysterious event for us [Russians]. Because Crimea is Russian, and the platform operates in Kyiv.

Most of the states known for their Russophobic position have confirmed their participation at the highest level. But this, apparently, is not enough for official Kyiv. The Crimean Platform has just begun its work, and in Zelenskyy's office, it was not without sadness that they admitted that they were counting on more.

Why didn't they come? Because the international community perfectly understands what is really going on. They perfectly understand where the wind is blowing and how it will all end.


The pro-Kremlin media mocks the Crimean Platform, which is a summit of top officials from 46 countries and blocs, including from each of the 30 NATO members.

European Council President Charles Michel said during a speech at the first International Crimea Platform Summit, 23 August 2021.

Disinfo: Geopolitics was the driver behind Ukrainian Church Autocephaly

The recent visit by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Ukraine during the commemoration for the 30 years since the country's declaration of independence showed that his decision to grant autocephaly to the so-called Ukrainian Church simply split Orthodox people and it was driven by Western geopolitical calculations. It should be noted that Ukrainian President Zelensky did not attend the Mass with Patriarch Bartholomew - probably a sign that he is trying to keep some distance from what his predecessor Petro Porosenko did.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

Autocephaly was granted to the Ukrainian church by the Constantinople patriarchy. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparations and consideration by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod. In October 2018, the Holy Synod decided to revoke the letter of 1686 by which it gave the right to the Moscow patriarchy "to consecrate the ecclesiastical subordinates of Constantinople in Kyiv Metropolitanate, interpreted by the Russian Church as its transfer to Moscow."

Disinfo: Crimea Platform is created to nurture ultra-nationalist sentiments in Ukraine

The Crimea Platform is a clearly anti-Russian initiative and was fabricated to nurture ultra-nationalist sentiments in Ukraine, sentiments encouraged by the authorities in Kyiv and leaders of the Western world alike.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that a West-supported ultranationalism, and even Nazism, in Ukraine is on the rise. The claim was neither critically challenged nor counterbalanced in the article.

First, the Crimea Platform was aimed at drawing international attention not only to Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula but also to human rights abuses, which Crimean residents have been suffering since 2014. The summit was held on 23 August 2021 in Kyiv within the framework of this platform, where world leaders discussed ways to mobilise a more effective international response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.