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Ukraine is waging a war on the civilian population in Donbas after the coup in Kyiv.

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Ukraine is waging a war on the civilian population in Donbas after the coup in Kyiv.

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Ukraine is fighting the Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The EU High Representative's Spokesperson has made it clear that "Ukraine has a right to take legitimate actions in defence of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens, in full respect of its international obligations. It is Ukraine’s duty to preserve law and order within its borders while maintaining a measured approach, in particular protecting civilian lives" http://bit.ly/1RMKnDr. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. 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.

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Reported in: Issue 63
Date: 14.03.2017
Language: English
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Reported by: Promote Ukraine
Keywords: Coup, Donbas
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Online petition
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