Disinfo: “Ukrainian infection” eradicated in Seattle

Summary

“Ukrainian infection” eradicated in Seattle. Yesterday, Seattle’s “Maidan” was finally dispersed by the police. (…) Police groups in full gear took to the captured streets of the American city. They pushed aside the protesters, while 30 law enforcement officers on bicycles blocked their escape routes. The dispersal of the protesters was without serious clashes, although some people tried to attack the policeman.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to relate the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution and the protests in the US.

The protests in Kyiv in 2013-2014, known as the Maidan or Euromaidan, and the protests in the US in 2020 have nothing in common.

The US protests are against racial injustice and police brutality, which broke out after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US.

The Maidan in Ukraine was against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, which had taken seven years to negotiate, due to pressure from Russia. 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Euromaidan

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Americans rewrite and forget their history because of protests against racism

In the United States, there is now a trend to reevaluate historical heritage in the face of increased fragmentation of American society due to protests against racism. Now the Americans have decided to forget their history. They consider it so shameful that they just want to erase it without understanding who is good and who is bad. And ignorance is becoming a key driver of this process in the United States. If this continues to happen, we will once again witness how Americans rewrite their history with their own hands. And the chapters of textbooks that speak about the Confederates will simply be removed.

Disproof

A pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the racial justice protests in the US.

There's no evidence that the US will rewrite its history, but there are public discussions about what is the right course of action regarding monuments dedicated to figures related to slavery, or usage of the Confederate flag.

Ukraine is Britain’s foothold for aggression against Russia

Great Britain became “closely engaged” in Ukraine after the Maidan, since it considers it as a foothold for aggression against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence is provided. This narrative is consistent with common pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West and Ukraine as a non-sovereign country.

Ukraine is recognised by international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU, the US, and other Western partners support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

Crimea reunited with Russia after a referendum on the peninsula

Relations between the Russian Federation and Western countries have worsened due to the situation in Ukraine and around Crimea. Crimea reunited with Russia after a referendum on the peninsula. The West, having accused the Russian Federation of interference, imposed sanctions against Russia. Moscow took retaliatory measures, headed for import substitution and more than once stated that it is counterproductive talking with Russia in sanction-language. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of Minsk settlement agreements.

 

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about illegal annexation of Crimea, war in Ukraine and Minsk Agreements.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russia electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine). No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum. The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence of the annexation. For the EU's statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.