Disinfo: There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine

Summary

There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine.

Disproof

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2018
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Euromaidan, NATO, Coup
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The West is using OSCE to fuel terrorism in Tajikistan

Europe and US are creating and financing subversive opposition structures in Tajikistan. They use OSCE to fuel terrorism there.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and OSCE. EU-Tajikistan relations today are conducted within the framework of the EU Central Asia Strategy 2014-2020. Their cooperation under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) includes the facilitation of economic transition for Tajikistan, and the promotion of inclusive, sustainable human and economic development. The EU is assisting the government of Tajikistan with its structural reform process and enhancing the capacity of civil society in the country. Read more about the cooperation between EU and Tajikistan here. Find more about OSCE's activity in Tajikistan here.

A new "NATO brigade" arrived in Donbas

A new “NATO brigade” has arrived in Donbas. // A division composed of 28 people in NATO uniform has arrived to Ukraine and is located near Donbas.

Disproof

No evidence given. Previously, the Ukrainian Armed Forces press office emphasized that there are no foreigners in the war zone in eastern Ukraine, only exclusively Ukrainian military are deployed there. Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accuse foreign military of taking part in the war in Ukraine without providing any evidence, see dozens of cases in our database. Earlier, Polish Ministry for National Defence and Lithuania's Armed Forces have confirmed that their soldiers have only delivered trainings to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and do not take part in combat actions. Further debunking by Stop Fake.