Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum five years ago

Summary

Crimea celebrates the fifth anniversary of the referendum which was followed by its integration with Russia. Five years ago, the vast majority of Crimea chose the first option from the two possible on the ballot paper: For Crimea’s integration with Russia, based on its rights as subject of the Russian Federation.

 

 

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Crimea and the referendum of 2014.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014. On the 27th of March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Five years after the referendum, the EU re-affirmed its support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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