East StratCom disinformation claim:

The Ukrainian elites started to repress pro-Russian thinking people immediately after the Maidan coup. They also proposed to ban the usage of the Russian language.

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Period/date: 3. May 2016

Debunk claim:

Repeating already debunked disinformation. The demonstrationswhich 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 Ukrainian constitution guarantees the free development, use and protection of Russian, and other languages of national minorities of Ukraine.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by European Values Think-Tank in Disinformation Review issue 26. The item is located at row number 32 in the report.

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