Disinfo: Kyiv is dissatisfied with the fact that many in Ukraine consider the Crimea Russian

Summary

Verkhovna Rada proposed to introduce criminal punishment for not recognising Crimea as part of Ukraine. The emergence of such an initiative may appear because in Ukraine a huge number of people consider Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.

Ukrainians acknowledge this fact and treat it with understanding. In this regard, the Ukrainian authorities, despite five years of brainwashing their people, despite the anti-Russian rhetoric, could not overcome absolute reality.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea and recognition of Crimea as Russian territory. 

Only 4% of Ukrainians admit that Crimea is Russian, according to a survey by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre's Sociological Service.

According to the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, since 2016, Ukrainians have consistently expressed the opinion that Crimea should remain in Ukraine, and the proportion of respondents remained stable - 69% of Ukraine's population.

Crimea was annexed by Russia following an illegitimate referendum on March 16, 2014, following the deployment of “little green men” across the peninsula beginning in February 2014. Read more about Crimea's annexation and narratives surrounding it here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: RT Russian
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Disproof

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