DISINFO: Victoria Nuland caused 13,000 deaths in Ukraine, including 38 policemen at the Maidan
  • Outlet: RT English (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 25, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Ukraine, Russia
Ukraine Eastern Ukraine Protest US presence in Europe Victoria Nuland Euromaidan Coup War in Ukraine

DISINFO: Victoria Nuland caused 13,000 deaths in Ukraine, including 38 policemen at the Maidan


Victoria Nuland is now the US Deputy Secretary of State. It is a pretty important job for someone responsible for the deaths of 13,000 people in Ukraine, including 38 policemen killed during the Euromaidan. After all, she was responsible for the violent coup which ousted President Yanukovych.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution as a coup, laying responsibility for the ensuing Russian aggression on the US, and simultaneously denying Russian involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of the Ukrainian population, ignited by the decision of former President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. More similar cases here.

The claim attributing 38 law enforcement deaths to protesters is made without evidence, and relies on exaggeration and omission. According to the UN Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, this oddly specific number is nearly three times overstated: 13 law enforcement officials, not 38, perished during the deadliest phase of the protests.

Neither the US nor the Ukrainian government instigated the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation".

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.


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