Disinfo: Crimea is a Russian region

Crimea is a Russian region; in light of current development programmes, any proposal to supply water to [Crimea] on a commercial or a non-commercial basis can be considered.



This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.

Crimea is not Russian but was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it 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. On 17th December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.


  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic, New Hub.
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RT watched more than CNN and BBC on Youtube

RT is the first TV channel around the world to cross the 10 billion mark on YouTube! The RT channel network outperformed all global news channels, including BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Euronews and Fox News, after reaching 10 billion views on Youtube


It is unclear what methodology RT has used to reach the claim that it is the most-watched TV channel on Youtube. Anything close to the 10 billion figure can only be achieved by adding up viewership of all RT services in all languages. If we apply the same methodology to the BBC and CNN, they will comfortably pass the 10 billion views mark. As of 12/02/2020, the CNN News network has reached, at the very least, 11 billion views, and this does not include the non-news services owned by the CNN such as HBO. As for the BBC, the Youtube views of BBC news services in only 14 languages (out of 27) were at least 14 billion in 12/02/2020. This also does not include content such as sports and children's entertainment. It is also not clear whether RT has included its non-news outlets/Youtube channels (e.g. RT Sport) to the 10 billion figure.

See a similar earlier case here.

There is no accurate list of victims who were killed during NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

There is no accurate list of all the victims even after 20 years since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Estimates are that during the NATO bombing, between 1,500 and 2,500 people died and about 6,000 were injured. However, none made a list of their names.




Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the number of civilian casualties of NATO bombing, previously debunked by Polygraph, and war in former Yugoslavia, aiming to portray NATO's bombing in Yugoslavia as more devastating and to demonise NATO's actions during the Yugoslav war.

The Sputnik article presents no source of the quoted number of killed civilians. According to the Humanitarian Law Center, in Serbia (excluding Kosovo) and Montenegro, 275 persons lost their lives in the NATO bombings: 180 civilians, 90 members of the Yugoslav Armed Forces and five members of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia. In Kosovo, 484 people were killed: 267 civilians (209 Albanian and 58 non-Albanian), 171 members of the YA, 20 members of the Serbian MUP and 26 members of the KLA (19 of whom died in the NATO bombing of the Dubrava prison, near Istok). Here you can see the list of names of people who lost their lives in NATO bombing.

Ukrainians will be forced to sell their land for almost nothing

The impoverished Ukrainian population will be forced to sell their land for almost nothing. Ukraine will lose its sovereignty.


No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood and the land law in Ukraine.

The draft law on the land market, was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada October 2019 and is currently under the debate. The draft law does not force anybody to sell land at all. It merely opens the possibility to do so or not. Individual decision will depend, as ever, on demand and price.