Disinfo: Annexing of Crimea didn’t really happen, it was a reunification

Summary

The annexation of Crimea cannot be recognised or referred to as truly annexing because this never happened.… What really happened was the reunification of Crimea with Russia, in light of strict adherence to all provisions of international law.

The decision of Crimea to return to Russia was taken by the peninsula's legislature in 2014, taking into account the status of the region that was at that time part of the territory of Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

This disinforming message was made in response to a statement released by the White House, which addressed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014. The statement by President Biden reaffirmed “a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.” Read further details on this statement and Kremlin’s response by Polygraph here.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order.

Following the covert invasion of “little green men,” power in Crimea was vested in a makeshift executive headed by Sergey Aksenov. The new Crimean regime conducted the referendum hastily and at gunpoint, barred impartial observers from entering the peninsula, and instead invited dozens of fringe politicians and activists to “monitor” the procedure, most of them far-right Kremlin loyalists.

Check previous disinformation narratives in our database alleging that the EU has accepted Crimea's incorporation into Russia and that The Crimean people chose to be with Russia through the democratic procedure; or that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine; or that Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal; or that Crimea is a Russian sovereign region.

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  • Reported in: Issue 234
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Ukrainian statehood, Crimea
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