There was a coup in Ukraine in 2014

Summary

There was a coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. Since the coup d’état in 2014, Ukraine’s economy has been in decline.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan and alleged 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".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine.

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Disproof

The disinformation misattributes a quote to the head of the EU delegation to Russia, ambassador Markus Ederer. In its article, News Front had attributed the quotes from EU Observer's anonymous source to the ambassador.

Ambassador Ederer's own comments in the EU Observer article were the following: