Disinfo: It is a myth that Russia invaded and occupied Crimea

Summary

It is a myth that Russia invaded and occupied Crimea. On March 18, 2014, the Crimean peninsula was reunited with the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. In 2014, the Russian troops forced the parliament of Crimea to organize an illegal referendum and then conducted the annexation of it that has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine). No international organisation recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27th of February and held three weeks later on 16th of March 2014. On March 27th, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it 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. 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. 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 Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26th February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government". For the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2019
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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