The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder

Summary
Four years ago this weekend, Ukraine’s democratically-elected, albeit deeply corrupt, government was overthrown in a Western-backed coup which set off a chain reaction of events, tearing one of Europe’s largest countries asunder.

The “EuroMaidan” movement pledged to wipe out corruption, improve living standards and integrate Ukraine into the west. On all counts, it has failed miserably.

The human toll of Maidan has also been extraordinary. Given the post-coup/revolution regime was dominated by western Ukrainians, an insurgency kicked off in the east and south, with ethnic-Russian locals fearful their culture would fall victim to nationalists. Thus, backed by varying degrees of Moscow support, Crimea, and parts of Lugansk and the Donbas separated from Ukraine. And while the former (where thousands of Russian troops were already legally stationed) enjoyed a smooth divorce, the latter pair have endured a horrible war, with over 10,000 deaths so far. No end appears to be in sight, as Kiev refuses to fulfil its obligations under the Minsk peace agreements, and Moscow shows few signs of softening its stance on how the deal must be implemented in full.

Disproof

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. 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. 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 http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 99
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan, The West, Crimea
  • Outlet: RT
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Sweden beef up military strength due to Russophobic rhetoric

The Swedish armed forces have called for military spending and the number of servicemen to be more than doubled by 2035 to combat future challenges, with Russia listed as the main one.

The “irrational myth about the almighty Russian threat” was recently criticized by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference. A day before delivering his speech there, Lavrov told Euronews that “only an inflamed imagination” could come up with the idea that Moscow was about to attack the Baltics or Poland, but Russophobic rhetoric in the West never seems to abate.

Crimea reunited with Russia in spring 2014 after the move was overwhelmingly approved in a snap referendum. The popular vote was prompted by a violent coup in Kiev, and the almost immediate offensive on regions in the country’s southeast, where locals refused to recognise the newly imposed regime.

Disproof

Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, . In fact, it is Russias own actions towards sovereign states and Russia's own increase in military capacity that results in it being perceived as the main threat to security in the Baltic region, according to the report by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Crimea did no "reunite" with Russia. 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.

EU postpones extension of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed after the reunification of Crimea

The European Union is not ready to make a formal decision to extend sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia and Ukraine due to procedural issues, there is no new date yet.

Since 2014, Moscow’s relations with Western states have deteriorated due to the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum. The EU member states and the US imposed several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, while Moscow has repeatedly refuted the allegations of interference in Ukraine’s affairs, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.

Disproof

The sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/, . As of now, the economic sanctions are valid until 31 July 2018. The targeted individual restrictive measures, namely a visa ban and an asset freeze, currently against 150 people and 38 entities, last until 15 March 2018. The restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, are currently in place until 23 June 2018 www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/, .

Similarities between economic and sport sanctions against Russia and neither work

There’s a strong resemblance between sanctions Russia faces since 2014 in trade and commerce – and “sanctions” applied against Russia before and during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

In both cases sanctions were introduced by international bodies under strong US influence (we’re talking the EU here, of course).

Either those who come up with ideas of ‘punishing Russia’ – be it in sport or in commerce & trade – belong to a rare and extreme sect that believes that the ‘guilty-as-charged’ principle should always be applied.

Or they are but a bunch of cynical bastards who somehow think that they shall always come out on top – refusing to recognize that the game has changed.

Now it’s become a game of the ‘zero-sum’ variety, where the losses of the other side are always going to be balanced eventually by the losses of perpetrators. Sanctions and ‘punishments’ simply don’t work anymore.

Disproof

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/. The, International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from competing the Games because of state-sponsored doping leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games edition.cnn.com/2018/02/24/sport/olympics-russia-ceremony-intl/index.html, . There is no connection between the two issues, apart from Russia breaking the rules of the international community. euvsdisinfo.eu/breaking-the-rules-crimea-disinformation-doping/, .