Disinfo: Ukraine’s authorities are out of touch with the people

Summary

Ukraine’s authorities are out of touch with the people because they came to power through an armed coup.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that there was a coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 and ended in February 2014 were not provoked by foreign powers, but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych after his refusal to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement promised for years. 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. See the full debunk here.

The Ukranian parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014, where parties devoted to democratic values received the strong majority of votes, and the democratic and inclusive Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014 disprove these claims. 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: Issue48
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup

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Disproof

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Disproof

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