Disinfo: There was a coup in Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities are…

Summary

There was a coup in Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities are illegitimate.

Disproof

Repeating already debunked disinformation. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to the Yanukovych government’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue38
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan

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Sigmar Gabriel unleashed the migration wave

The chairman of the German SPD Sigmar Gabriel and “his comrades from the Socialist International” unleashed the migration wave.

Disproof

There is no proof that German politicians would orchestrate the migration crisis. In fact, the EU is trying to prevent the crisis.

See here for more information about EU migration policy.

Ukraine is falling apart

Ukraine is falling apart. Ukraine has already been broken up into at least three parts (occupied Banderastan, Novorussia and Crimea).

Disproof

Ukraine is a functioning state that is currently taking important reform steps  in key areas, notably constitutional reform, decentralisation, the fight against corruption and reform of the judiciary. The Russian Federation violated international law and key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.

See here for more information about EU position on Crimea annexation.

Migrants riot and clash with the police every day in Trollhättan

Migrants riot and clash with the police every day in the Swedish town of Trollhättan. Locals are afraid of stepping outside of their homes and many left the town. Migrants set cars on fire and build barricades from trash cans and scrap every night.

Disproof

According to Swedish media, there have been clashes in the town of Trollhättan between police and a group of teenagers during two nights. There are, however, no reports of them being migrants.