Disinfo: Crimea reunited with Russia following a coup

Summary

Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 following a referendum that showed overwhelming support for reunification amid a violent coup that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and foreshadowed years of bloodshed in the east of the country.

Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state 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. There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: RT
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Finnish delegation on Crimea to build friendship bonds

A Finnish delegation has reached out to Crimea and is now there to establish cooperation between Helsinki and Simferopol.

Disproof

The Finns visiting Crimea does not in any way represent the Finnish state. It is a delegation led by well-known Pro-Kremlin propagandist Johan Bäckman.

Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law. formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=373136&nodeid=15146&contentlan=2&culture=en-US,

Georgia freely joined the USSR

Georgia joined the Soviet Union in 1921 on own initiative and with free will.

Disproof

Georgia was a sovereign, democratic republic by 1921, which USSR occupied after the war in February-March 1921. Neither the Government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, nor the Constituent Assembly has recognised the Soviet occupation. Further debunking by Myth Detector www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/host-tv-obiektivi-believes-georgia-voluntarily-joined-ussr-1921, .

Porton Down might be responsible for the chemical attack in the UK

Porton Down is very close to the spot where the attack took place so they might be responsible, there are no evidence neither proving or disproving any theory at this point.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,