Disinfo: Ukraine’s elected government was ousted in 2014 US-backed coup


The 2014 power shift in Ukraine was the result of a US-backed coup, which overthrew the country’s elected government and installed a pro-Western one.


The claim advances pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives stating that the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests resulted in an illegal coup; painting Ukraine as a failing state incapable of making its own foreign-policy choices; and painting the US as the puppet-master of European politics.

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 promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here.

See some of our recent debunks of this claim here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Ukrainian disintegration, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood


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Double standards in the MH17 and the Khashoggi probe: where are the sanctions against the Saudi regime?

The JIT report is flawed from anti-Russia prejudice and unsubstantiated “evidence”. It is based on hearsay and innuendo. This is a travesty of legal standards and criminal investigation. None of the Dutch-led probe has conformed to the slightest standards of criminal investigation and due process.

Yet the JIT’s unsubstantiated allegations against Russia and its collection of reports have lent political impetus for the US and its European allies to impose economic sanctions against Russia which have cost the country billions of dollars in disrupted trade.

By contrast, the UN report this week confirms serious allegations against the Saudi rulers for their role in the barbaric murder of a journalist. Jamal Khashoggi was kidnapped inside a consular premises, drugged, murdered and his remains dismembered, never to be found. As the UN special rapporteur asked this week: where are the Western sanctions against the Saudi regime?


An attempt to apply "whataboutism" on the MH17 case, suggesting "double standards" on the two entirely unrelated cases.

The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

On 24 May 2018, the JIT stated that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation. The JIT reached this conclusion after extensive comparative research. An animation of this comparative research is available here.

The European Union and NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia said that they are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17.

More cases on MH17 flight here.

Georgia and Ukraine collaborate in orchestrating anti-government protests

It was exactly Georgian snipers who opened fire in Ukrainian Maidan in 2014. At least three Georgian snipers came forward and told how in 2014, following the order of Saakashvili they were sent to Ukraine and paid 20 USD a day. This is how Maidan started with later allegations that it was Berkut which shot at civilians.

This is a clear precedent which shows that certain forces in Ukraine and Georgia work together and “coloured” anti-government scenarios are played out by common effort.


Conspiracy theory consistent with many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Euromaidan and colour revolutions. See many previous disinformation cases about the alleged Georgian snipers in Ukraine.

The protests in Tbilisi started spontaneously during the morning of June 20th 2019 when a Russian MP from the Communist Party, Sergei Gavrilov, took the Georgian Parliament Speaker's seat during an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO).

Protests in Georgia were pre-planned, Ukrainians were paid to participate in them

All signs clearly show that the protests in Georgia were pre-organized. Ukrainian sites are reporting of Ukrainians who have been paid and arrived in advance in order to participate in these protests. There was a demand for it, as the adventure with Tomos [the separation of Ukrainian Orthodox Church] failed.





Conspiracy theory with no evidence. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions.

The protests in Georgia started spontaneously during the morning of June 20th 2019 when a Russian MP from the Communist Party, Sergei Gavrilov, took the Georgian Parliament Speaker's seat during an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO).