Disinfo: There was a coup d'etat in Ukraine in 2014

Summary

There was a coup in Ukraine in 2014.

Disproof

Recurring Russian narrative about coup d'etat in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. There were democratic Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine. The OSCE characterised the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

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  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Euromaidan, Coup
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Ahead of the Presidential Elections Poroshenko's Junta in Ukraine Must Report to their US Masters

Ahead of the presidential elections Poroshenko’s junta in Ukraine must report on what they achieved to their masters – the US. With destroyed economy and corruption they have nothing to present. The only explanation they have for the failure is the war with the Russians. Currently, the Americans do not know whom to bet for in the elections, as there are only bandits and criminals among the candidates. Severing ties with Russia makes Poroshenko look good before his masters in the USA.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the election in Ukraine. The disinformation messages were a reaction to the announcement of the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine, that the country is prepared to terminate additional 50 treaties with Russia.

Germany Has Limited Sovereignty

Germany’s sovereignty is limited, therefore one cannot expect full participation of its foreign affairs’ minister in international talks. Foreign and military policy of Germany is conducted under US supervision. By urging Russia to destroy a missile system foreign affairs minister of Germany is playing a game: showing America that he is following the US political and informational line. In fact he does not care what will happen with the missiles, it is a long-term question. He understands that it is not necessary to go with the US in all directions – Nord Stream II is more important to Germany.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations. For other examples see: Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; The USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany; Germany will have to choose between defending Europe's interest and catering to Washington. The disinformation message was a reaction to German Foreign Minister urging Russia to save the IMF treaty by destroying a missile system.

Ukrainian military shelled civilian vehicles in Eastern Ukraine

The Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on the civilian population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of the country. According to the representative of the operational command of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Daniil Bezsonov, the Ukrainian military “fired targeted civilian vehicles with mortars of 82 mm caliber.” The cars were parked near the Vasilyevskaya water pumping station in the Donetsk region. Mr. Bezsonov assured the incident occurred on January 17 and the Ukrainian shelling was performed with the assistance of a drone

Disproof

Unfounded claims, not supported by evidence. According to the daily reports of the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on January 17 no shelling was recorded in this area. The reports of the command of the Ukrainian Operation United Forces on these days also contained no data on any incidents in the area. No operational information and on the official website of the company "Water of Donbas". Debunk by Stop Fake.