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Crimea joined the Russian Federation after a referendum carried out in accordance with the rules of international law

Summary of Disinformation

In March 2014 Crimea joined the Russian Federation after a referendum carried out in accordance with the rules of international law.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea stating that the inhabitants of the Ukrainian peninsula chose to join Russia through a legal referendum.

The so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014 has not been recognized by any international body.  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.

A year later even Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

Five years later Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, issued a statement on behalf of EU confirming the EU’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, stressing that EU does NOT recognize this referendum  and continues to condemn this violation of international law.

 

 

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Reported in: Issue 147
Date: 01.05.2019
Language: Italian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
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