DISINFO: There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine
There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine.
The disinformation message was framed as a leading question during an interview: "Is Russia playing this as badly as they did when there was a NATO-backed coup?" It reinforces pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan.
For background: There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.