The Crimean question is “completely closed”

Summary

The inhabitants of Crimea voted for reunification with Russia in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law. The Crimean question is “completely closed”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea.

Crimea is part of Ukraine. 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.

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
  • Outlet: it.sputniknews.com
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The White Helmets organize chemical weapons provocations to accuse Syrian government

The White Helmets organization is attempting to organize chemical weapons provocations in order to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against the local population.The White Helmets are directly linked to terrorist organisations operating in Syria, and in particular the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about White Helmets. For further reporting on Aleppo attack see BBC report.

The OPCW recently announced that it is planning to send a mission to Syria to probe an alleged poison gas attack.

Kerch confrontation – part of Poroshenko’s plan to postpone the Ukrainian elections

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko uses the Kerch provocation for a coup d’état and to postpone the elections in Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution scheduling the presidential elections for 31 March 2019.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.