Disinfo: Ukrainian-Russian relations corrupted by a coup d’état


Ukrainian-Russian relations were corrupted by a coup d’état in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in 2014 when people with hostile feelings towards Russia came to power in Ukraine.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine. The onset of the Euromaidan protests was a spontaneous and endogenous reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden withdrawal from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The protesters’ demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, the formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Read a similar case claiming that the West organised the Maidan coup in order to transform Ukraine into an anti-Russian state.


  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Coup, Euromaidan


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EU sanctions for merely doing business with Damascus

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In February 2020, the European Council added eight prominent businessmen and two entities linked to those businessmen to the list of persons and entities subject to the sanctions against the Syrian regime and its supporters. The justification was that their activities directly benefited the Assad regime, including through projects located on lands expropriated from persons displaced by the conflict.

New documents on MH17 show that there was no BUK missile in the crash area

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The allegedly leaked documents do not contradict the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). According to the Russian investigative journalism site the Insider, the documents list the coordinates of the points where the Ukrainian and Russian Buk-M1 systems known to intelligence were located and conclude that none of them could have brought down the Malaysian airliner. However it is not an exhaustive list of BUK missiles that could have been located in the area of the disaster. See further reporting by the Insider.