Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius was a formal impulse for the сoup d’état in Ukraine

Summary

The third Eastern Partnership summit that took place in Vilnius in November 2013 was a formal impulse for the сoup d’état in Ukraine. Thus, the Eastern Partnership played a destructive role in European politics as it accelerated the process of disintegration of the post-Soviet region.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the Euromaidan protests were inspired and staged by the West because President Yanukovych had refused to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. This narrative assumes that the West initiated the geopolitical fight over control of Ukraine as the legitimate authorities of this country had refused to accept their political subordination to the West. See examples of this narrative here, here and here.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014, this is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Euromaidan. 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership, Euromaidan, Conspiracy, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States is using EU countries to achieve its geopolitical goals and that the EU elites are controlled by America – see examples here and here.

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Disproof

This message is outright speculation and conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe, the propaganda of the morally corrupt West, and its aggressive actions towards Belarus and Belarusian society.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Ukrainian authorities appear under full control of Western powers, who are interested in the continuation of the war in Donbas – see similar cases here, here and here.

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