Disinfo: Crimea joined the Russian Federation through a referendum

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Crimea joined the Russian Federation through a referendum

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum. No international body recognises the so-called referendum and held on 16th of March 2014. 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 after the illegal annexation, even the Kremlin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum. Five years after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the EU issued a statement in which it confirms its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law. For a similar case see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Crimea, Referendum
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Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. This follows a narrative about Europe's decay and imminent collapse. Similar cases can be found here, here and here.

Emasculated European men are unable to withstand the influx of barbarians

The European Union is “committing suicide” by letting in the invading hordes from the Middle East and North Africa. Why are the European elites so insistent on ramming “tolerance” down the throats of their citizens and replacing them with imported barbarians? The Europeans conquered their own medieval nature, but then reimported it by allowing mass migration. The new, emasculated Western European Man is unable to push back against it; nor can their governments, whose leaders are forced to abide by the same cultural codes of tolerance, political correctness and compulsory kindness. But the Eastern European Man, only temporarily frightened into acting tolerant and emasculated, will not stand for any of this for much longer. His medieval nature is still quite close to the surface, while their Western neighbours have placed theirs in museums and various other tourist traps.

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MH17: The lawyer of the Ukrainian suspect destroys the whole case with one fact

The Dutch press named four suspects for shooting down MH17, three Russians and one Ukrainian. There is irrefutable evidence that this is based on a lie. The lawyer of the Ukrainian confirms that his client, the Ukrainian, was taken prisoner by the Donbas separatists one month after the tragedy.

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One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility. The individual mentioned by Tsargrad.tv is NOT among the four, charged as responsible for shooting down the MH17, killing 289 persons. The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute Igor Vsevolodovich GIRKIN, Sergey Nikolayevich DUBINSKIY, Oleg Yuldashevich PULATOV and Leonid Volodymyrovych KHARCHENKO for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering of 289 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges the four cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. For that reason they can also be held jointly accountable for downing flight MH17.