Disinfo: Crimea’s reunification with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter


The reunification of the Crimean peninsula with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter. It was a democratic process, during which the inhabitants of Crimea expressed their position.


Recurring disinformation on referendum in Crimea. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity: http://bit.ly/2d9uXT9.

UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.


  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Milorad Dodik, UN, International Law, Referendum, Crimea


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Ultranationalists stormed an Orthodox church in Western Ukraine

Ukrainian ultranationalists from the “Right Sector” stormed an Orthodox church and physically abused parishioners in Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine.


The real reason behind the incident around the Holy Trinity Church in Ivano-Frankivsk region on September 28 was the decision to hand over one of the buildings located near the church to the musical school. According to a statement made by the press-service of Ivano-Frankivsk Police, the assembly’s decision was followed by the confrontation between the representatives of the assembly and the local parish. No third party, including «Правий сектор», was engaged in the conflict.

According to the press-service of the Ukrainian Police, “at this point, there is no conflict, including an inter-confessional one… no illegal act has been carried out against any religious organization.”

Swine fever prepares the ground for the influx of Danish and Dutch farmers to Romania

The African swine fever is just a pretext to abolish peasant farms in Romania and prepare the ground for Danish and Dutch farmers, according to Deutsche Welle. These farmers will move to Romania and Baltic states, bringing with them the environmental problems.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about swine fever. This messaging has been spread a few weeks ago by multiple versions of Sputnik, Ria Novosti, TV Zvezda, Regnum, and other pro-Kremlin sources.

The Deutsche Welle article does not link the swine fever with the intention of some Dutch and Danish farmers to come to Romania. It states that, according to an environmental activist, they might move their farms to Romania and Baltic states, due to some possible restrictions of using pesticides and claims regarding animal rights in their own countries.