Disinfo: There was a Maidan coup d’état in Ukraine

Summary

The behaviour of Ukrainian elites on the international stage after the Maidan coup d’état can be described in relation to Russia with a short formula – “Us versus them”.

Disproof

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by several segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Euromaidan, Coup, War in Ukraine
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A weakened global liberal elite stages Russophobic events throughout the world

The 2019 G20 summit served to confirm that a new global model – where the EU will find itself an outsider – is coming to replace the liberal globalised model. On the eve of the summit, Vladimir Putin rightly stated in his interview to the Financial Times that the liberal idea has become obsolete. A series of Russophobic events in Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine etc. preceding the G20 summit were organised by the global (quasi)liberal ruling class.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia. The message implies that the mighty but weakening global liberal elites stage protests and other anti-Russian events in various countries because of a fundamental dislike of Russia or Russians. This claim casts any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states as US-funded "colour revolutions".

In response to Vladimir Putin's comments about liberalism becoming obsolete, EU President Donald Tusk stated: "I have to say that I strongly disagree with the main argument that liberalism is obsolete. We are here as Europeans also to firmly and univocally defend and promote liberal democracy. Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete, also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete. For us in Europe, these are and will remain essential and vibrant values. What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective."

The American empire imposes its will on vassal states

Trump has already done a lot for Russia by reviewing relations with US-allied transatlantic partners, trying to impose his will on them and making them publicly acknowledge their status of American vassals.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory without evidence. This message is consistent with a classic pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on US relations with EU countries. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, US' transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples: Poland is US's vassal state, Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, the EU is directed by Washington, Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

The Republic of Moldova exports most of the products to the Russian Federation

80-90% of Moldovan exports go to the Russian Federation.

Disproof

This pro-Kremlin narrative aims to show Moldova as a country dependent on Russia. This type of narrative is used in reference to other countries, too - see a similar example here. According to the National State Office of the Republic of Moldova, in 2018 Moldova exported goods worth US $ 2.7 billion. See below the top 10 countries where Moldova exported most goods in December 2018:

  1. Romania - 792 306,86 thousand US dollars;

  2. Italy - 309,657.64 thousand US dollars;

  3. Germany - 219,902.82 thousand US dollars;

  4. The Russian Federation - 218,622.36 thousand US dollars;

  5. Turkey - 106 276,63 thousand US dollars;

  6. Poland - 98,100,68 thousand US dollars;

  7. Belarus - 87,234.60 thousand US dollars;

  8. Ukraine - 80 301.72 thousand US dollars;

  9. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - USD 78 816.81 thousand US dollars;

  10. Switzerland - 61,183.87 thousand US dollars.

Therefore, according to official data, in 2018, the Russian Federation reached the fourth place in the top of the countries after the destination of Moldovan exports, after Romania, Italy and Germany.