East StratCom disinformation claim:
follow There was a coup d’etat in Ukraine. Russia did not invade Crimea. [In the referendum] people decided they want to be part of Russia. The sanctions have created a major economic problem for the EU.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 1. February 2017
The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. // There were free and democratic elections in Ukraine in 2014. // Any decision relating to Ukraine’s sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This socalled referendum was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it. // Since Russia put in place its ban on EU agricultural products in 2014, EU global exports of agricultural goods have increased by 5-6%. This means that EU exporters have found alternative markets in other third countries that more than compensate for their lost sales in Russia.