Disinfo: According to international law, the seizure of foreign territory does…

Summary

According to international law, the seizure of foreign territory does not classify as “annexation” and “aggression”. Thus, the capture of Crimea by Russia cannot be described with these terms.

Disproof

According to the 1974 UN GA Resolution 3314, "aggression is the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations, as set out in this Definition" (bit.ly/1RHS4vL), . Russia's actions exhaust this definition.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue21
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of…

Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of the Ukrainian state language on the territory of the city and propose to ban Russian completely.

Disproof

This fake story uses a draft proposal by Kyiv City Council member Yuriy Syrotiuk registered on March 11. Syrotiuk proposes to establish that Ukrainian be used in city advertising, record keeping and official communication with the residents of the city. There is absolutely no mention of prohibiting Russian in any public or private sphere. Paragraph 3 of the draft decision clearly states that "Use of other languages is possible on request". According to Ukraine’s Constitution and the Law on languages, every person is guaranteed the right to choose the language he or she wishes to speak and no restrictions have ever been enacted limiting that choice (bit.ly/1RxchEh), .