Disinfo: US staged coup in Ukraine to provoke Russia and impose sanctions

Summary

The Americans staged a coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014 in order to provoke Russia into taking steps that would be later used as a pretext for imposing sanctions on it.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets justifying Russia’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the ensuing war in Donbas.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, choosing instead to accept a $15 billion economic bailout to Russia.

Russia is the party responsible for the deterioration of Ukrainian-Russian relations. Since 2014, Russia has waged large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine and is also responsible for the outbreak of the conflict in 2014, after having illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula and engineered the creation of rebel militias in Donetsk, Luhansk and other places, with its army actively participating in military clashes.

The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law. It has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation for the invasion.

Ukraine closely cooperates with the United States, the EU and NATO, but this does not mean that the US, or what pro-Kremlin media usually call “the collective West”, is pushing Kyiv into direct confrontation against Moscow. Ukraine’s Western partners are helping Ukraine stop the bloodshed in Donbas and alleviate the suffering of civilians in the war zone.

Read a similar case and more disinformation narratives alleging that Crimea joined Russia as a result of a popular referendum.

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  • Reported in: Issue 262
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/10/2021
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US, EU
  • Keywords: Euromaidan, International Criminal Court, Sanctions, Crimea
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Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that the West is using the Belarusian opposition to topple Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

It is also often claimed that foreign sponsors, particularly, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine are involved in some alleged “terrorist” activities against Belarus.

Disinfo: Vilnius named itself a flagship of the EU’s anti-Chinese policy

China made it clear that Lithuania will not receive a single yuan after Vilnius named itself a flagship of the EU’s anti-Chinese policy and announced a “crusade” against Beijing.

Disproof

Disinformation about the EU-China relations. The claim that Lithuania carries out a confrontational policy on China is ungrounded.

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Disinfo: Concerns about “Russian threat” are exaggerated in Poland and linked to Russophobia

Poland's border is safe. The money for security would be better to use for the social sphere. “Russian threat” is greatly exaggerated.

The concerns about security in Poland are linked to Russophobia. It was evident during the “Zapad 2021” exercises. Then media in Poland discussed the possibility of a “Kremlin's invasion” but exercises ended and all military units of Russia and Belarus are back to places of deployment.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Russophobia in Poland.

The 2020 National Security Strategy of Poland states that the most serious security threat for this country is the neo-imperial policy of the authorities of the Russian Federation, pursued by means of military force (demonstrated by aggression against Georgia, illegal annexation of Crimea and military actions in eastern Ukraine). These aggressive actions of the Kremlin have violated the basic principles of international law and undermined the pillars of the European security system.