Operation “Maidan 3”. Russia planning a coup in Ukraine?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of planning to organize a new Maidan in Kiev to overthrow the government.

“Russia is trying to sow division in Ukrainian society, create chaos in the country and ultimately depose the president of Ukraine,” Zelensky said. According to him, Moscow has developed a new disinformation campaign codenamed “Maidan 3” for this purpose.

This is Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square in Kiev, where protests took place first in 2004 and then in 2014. The last Maidan played a decisive role in the overthrow of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who did not want to sign the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

A few months later, Russia annexed Crimea and, with the help of ‘separatists’, led to the outbreak of conflict in the Donbas.

Zelensky said that Maidan is a coup for the Russians, so the context of the operation is understandable. He added that information about Moscow’s alleged plans comes from both Ukrainian intelligence and allied services. However, he did not provide details.

Presidential elections in Ukraine. Zelensky puts an end to speculation

Zelensky’s first presidential term ends in spring 2024. Elections are supposed to take place in March, but the constitution says they cannot be organized during martial law.

In early November, Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft decree that extended martial law and mobilization in the country for 90 days – until February 14, 2024. He also spoke out against holding elections during the war. – This is the time for defense, the time for struggle on which the fate of the state and the nation depends, and not the time for farce, which only Russia expects from Ukraine. “I believe this is not the time for elections,” he said.

Zelensky believes that Ukraine will not discuss the possibility of ending the war until Russian troops leave the occupied territories.

Russia occupies almost 20 percent. territory of Ukraine. Has been around since February last year. the invasion grew into the largest armed conflict in Europe since the end of World War II and the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Source: Do Rzeczy