Disinfo: Russia agreed to restore Crimea’s Russian identity

Summary

Washington and its European allies imposed restrictions on dealings with Russia after Moscow agreed to restore the Russian identity of the Crimea in 2014.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea trying to portray it as a "return" to Russia.

Crimea is not Russian but was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 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. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic, Free Post, Arabics.ir, Lebanon News, Sahafatak, Al-Siyada, New Hub
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There was no BUK, MH17 crashed because of an explosion on board

There was no BUK; MH17 crashed because of an explosion on board. Many materials in this case are falsified – either simply made earlier or processed in Photoshop.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Lithuanian authorities rewrite the history of their own country

If someone rewrites the history of Lithuania, then it is the Lithuanian authorities themselves, since the 90s, for the past 30 years. As a result, entire pages have been torn out of the country’s history. The current history is false and does not reflect anything. Any attempt to build a false history of Lithuania is doomed to fatal collapse.

Disproof

This article appeared right after a statement by the President of Lithuania made on 17th February 2020 part of which stated: "We will also have to rebuff any attempts by unfriendly forces to fabricate the history of Lithuania and the other Baltic States. We are ready to critically and fairly evaluate our past, but we will not tolerate the attempts of some countries to spread false narratives."

This disinformation message is a part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Poland and the Baltic States ahead of the WWII anniversary. See also here. 

Ukrainian private armies will fight in Donbas

Ukraine, bypassing the Minsk agreements, wants to unleash a new round of conflict in Donbas and replace the official Armed Forces of Ukraine with private armies, which are legalised in Kyiv. This will be “Plan B” for Ukraine, which will send private armies to fight in Donbas.

Disproof

This statement is made without evidence, similar to previous claims that Kyiv does not want to implement the current Minsk agreements and that Ukraine plans to kill with impunity in Donbas.

Act No. 3005 On Military Consulting Activities was indeed registered for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. The document proposes to allow Ukrainian military consulting companies to provide third parties and countries with services such as: training and transfer of combat experience to the armed forces, maintenance of military equipment, military construction, mine clearance, medical and security services, as well as mediation services - the peaceful settlement of military conflicts. (Аrticle 7)