Disinfo: Crimea belongs to Russia

Summary

Crimea is ours… And why ours? Not because we came and grabbed something… What is democracy? A government of the people. And how is a government of the people validated? Through referendums, elections and so on. People in Crimea turned out for a referendum and voted… to be independent and, as a next step,… to be a part of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea. Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. 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. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity. UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. Further debunking by Polygraph.

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  • Reported in: Issue 123
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Valdai Club, Crimea, Vladimir Putin, War in Ukraine
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US and French forces are ravaging North Syrian archaeological sites

American and French forces, and forces supported by Washington are doing excavations at archaeological sites around the city of Manbij. Allegedly, this is “how they are stealing archaeological findings and objects made of precious metals.” The US and French, for example, have taken a lot of gold from these sites. Manbij is used by the West to smuggle the artifacts out of Syria, to Turkey. The artifact theft is not new to the US, as they assisted the looters of the Iraqi National Museum in 2003.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the West's role in the Syrian conflict. Earlier, the same website has repeated pro-Kremlin disinformation and falsely accused the White Helmets staging chemical attacks in Syria. There is no proof that US and French forces are doing illegal excavations in Syria. The US did not secure the Iraqi National Museum for a few days for military reasons. stanford.io/2NRcGq5, However, Assistant Manhatten district attorney Matthew Bogdanos, a former marine serving in Iraq, has played an important role in recovering the stolen treasures. bit.ly/2Cr5qPw,

Ukrainian nationalists linked to the massacre at a college in Crimea

The ISIS hand cannot reach Kerch. It’s all more like a Ukrainian trace. It can be either some official structures or nationalists, who are ready to do anything while they hate Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in the recent gun attack at Kerch college in Crimea.

Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and states that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity”.