Disinfo: The West interfered in Ukraine in 2014 that led to Nazi coup d’état


The West interfered in Ukraine in 2014, leading to a Nazi coup d’état in the country.

For all these years the German government has been claiming ‘The West did not interfere in Ukraine in 2014’; ‘Right-wing extremists there had no influence’ and ‘The fall of President Yanukovych was not a coup d’état’. But these claims are false.

While the German government claimed in 2015 that foreign powers had played no role in the change of power in Ukraine in 2014, this was not only untrue but obscured the fact that Germany itself was very much involved in the preparation and implementation of the coup in Kyiv through its Embassy and cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the media, and German politics, as well as with Vitali Klitschko. And even after the forced change of Government, Germany still cooperated with right-wing radical groups against anti-Maidan groups.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the belligerent West and its involvement in the war in Ukraine, stating that the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests resulted in an illegal coup; painting Ukraine as a failing state incapable of making its own foreign policy choices; and painting the West as the puppet-master of Ukrainian politics.

There was no Nazi coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

The West had not interfered in Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU and Germany in particular. The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine. Their relations are directed at improving their cooperation in all fields and are not oriented against Russia.

The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine and support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.



  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, Germany
  • Keywords: West, Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood, Nazi/Fascist


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