Crimea is now recognised as an integral part of Russia

Summary

Five years after the Crimea decided to reunite with the Russian Federation in a referendum, the whole world starts to accept the fact that the region is an indisputable part of Russia and it cannot be otherwise.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal democratic referendum.

No international body has recognised the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014.  Thirteen members of the United Nations Security Council voted in favour of a resolution declaring the referendum invalid. On the 27th of February 2014, when it was announced, 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.  On December 18 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea.

On the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, the EU reiterated its position of non-recognition of illegal annexation and continues to stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Crimea
  • Outlet: PolitPuzzle
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