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Crimea was annexed by Russia on a legitimate basis

Summary of Disinformation

In March 2014 Crimea was annexed by Russia after a referendum carried out in accordance with the rules of international law.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming the annexation of Crimea was the result of a legal referendum by which the inhabitants of the Ukrainian peninsula chose to join the Russian Federation.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum 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.

Later even the Kremlin admitted that the Crimea annexation plan was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

On the 5th anniversary of the so called referendum the EU, through Federica Mogherini, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, issued a statement 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 152
Date: 23.05.2019
Language: Italian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
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