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: Issue129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, NATO, Euromaidan

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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