DISINFO: There was a coup in Ukraine in 2014
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: Sputnik Germany (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 05, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine
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Euromaidan Coup

DISINFO: 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.

RESPONSE

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".

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