The official representatives of Ukraine and NATO are constantly using anti-Russian rhetoric and misrepresenting Russia as a threat to Ukraine. Kyiv and the West accuse Russia of direct involvement in the war in Ukraine without presenting any evidence. After the coup in Ukraine in 2014, the new Ukrainian government has hypocritically claimed it does not want a war with Russia, while simultaneously pursuing membership in NATO.
Crimea became part of Russia after a referendum.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.
No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution titled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and declaring 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. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation. In June 2021, the European Council decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until 23 June 2022.
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