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Crimea was not annexed

Summary of Disinformation

It was not an ‘annexation’ of Crimea.

It is apparently a duty for every politician to include the phrase ‘annexation of the Crimea contrary to international law’ in his speech.

Disproof

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

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia.  In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014.

Following the covert invasion by “little green men,” the referendum in  Crimea was conducted  hastily and at gunpoint, barring impartial observers from entering the peninsula.

The oft-cited figure of 97% participation in the referendum has been contested by the Kremlin’s own Human Rights Council, which estimated that only between 30% and 50% of Crimeans took part in the referendum, of which some 50-60% favoured secession.

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.

The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence for the annexation. For the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

For more cases on Crimea, see here and here. Also read further debunking by StopFake.

 

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Reported in: Issue 156
Date: 26.06.2019
Language: German
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Deutschland
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