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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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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EU President Donald Tusk stated: "I have to say that I strongly disagree with the main argument that liberalism is obsolete.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 Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete, also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete.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."

European Union is in the process of disintegration

The new leadership of Moldovan diplomacy is as myopic as the previous one. The new Foreign Minister wants to integrate us into what is in the process of disintegration – the European Union.

Disproof

This message is in line with the pro-Kremlin narrative on the disintegration of the EU. The report advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative painting the EU as a disunited and disintegrating bloc, overseen by a central bureaucracy bringing harm to the sovereignty of member states.

At the core of the EU are the 28 Member States that belong to the Union, and their citizens. The unique feature of the EU is that, although the Member States all remain sovereign and independent states, they have decided to pool some of their sovereignty in areas where it makes sense to work together.