There was coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014

Summary

There was coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014.

Political and economic relations between Russia and Western countries had deteriorated after the coup in Ukraine in 2014.

After the coup d’état in Kyiv in February 2014, there were mass protests in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country.  According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box".

This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014.  The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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PACE will be destroyed without Russia

If Russia does not return to PACE (the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), Turkey and several other countries will leave after it. It will become a marginal club. This organisation will be destroyed without Russia and several other countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Council of Europe, including its imminent collapse without Russia.

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) were suspended. However, they were recently restored. 

The Bundestag suggested frightening Russia by introducing German police in the Donbas

Hände hoch! Bundestag deputies suggest sending German police to Donbas to scare Russia. An initiative called “The Peace in Ukraine Needs a New Impulse” suggests that this would act as deterrence against “Foreign Aggression”, i.e. Russia.

 

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying the West as an aggressor towards Russia. See similar cases here, here and here.

The Parliamentary faction of the Free Democratic Party of Germany, FDP, has issued a parliamentary initiative to intensify the efforts to bring peace to Eastern Ukraine. The FDP parliamentary initiative - link here - suggest strengthening existing missions in the area. Points three to five (see link) of the FDP initiative suggests the establishment of a UN Police Mission to support the existing OSCE and EU Missions in the region: