East StratCom disinformation claim:

President Obama provoked a coup and a civil war in Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 17. April 2016

Debunk claim:

Repeating already debunked disinformation. The demonstrations which began in Kiev in November 2013 were born out of Ukrainians’ own desire for a closer relationship with the European Union, and their frustration when former President Yanukovych halted progress toward that goal as a result of Russian pressure (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl403). The war in Eastern Ukraine is a consequence of Russian military aggression (http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/hiding-in-plain-sight-putin-s-war-in-ukraine-and-boris-nemtsov-s-putin-war).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 24. The item is located at row number 13 in the report.

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