Disinfo: Russia isn’t and wasn’t involved in the Donbas conflict

Summary

The return of Crimea to the Russian motherland was based on the results of a referendum organised on the peninsula in March 2014. Moscow has denied, on several levels, its involvement in the armed conflict in Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February 2014 and held less than three weeks later.

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 oft-cited figure of 97% has been contested by the Kremlin’s own Human Rights Council, which estimated that only between 30% and 50% of Crimeans took part in the referendum, of which some 50-60% favoured secession.

See here for the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation.

The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Read similar cases claiming that there is no evidence of Russian presence in Ukraine, that rumours about Russian military presence in Donbas come from linguistic misunderstanding, or that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia and that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine.

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EU has become an American subordinate

The extension of European sanctions (on Syria) is not new and was expected, as Europe has become one of the US attachments with its decisions and paths it takes. In light of the (Coronavirus) epidemic, it was expected from the EU to have a different position (on the sanctions).

The European Union unlimitedly supports “terrorist groups” in Syria.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to change the nature of sanctions implemented on Syria

The US is an important ally to the EU but the later policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative. 

Crimeans chose to return to the “motherland” after a coup in Kyiv

Against the background of the coup in Kyiv, Crimea returned to Russia after a popular referendum organised on the peninsula in March 2014, through which more than 95% of the population of the peninsula voted in favour of returning to the “motherland”, but most of the world, primarily the Western states, refused to recognise the results of the referendum.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

It is not just the Western states that do not recognise the results of the so-called referendum. To date, no international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February and held less than three weeks later.

20,000 people took part in massive racist violence in Paris

On Monday, June 2nd in the North of Paris, 20,000 people took part in a racist outburst of violence implying rape, murder and plunder with the implicit complicity of authorities which is the definition of the word pogrom.

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Classical lexical excess of titles changing totally the meaning of events especially using the implication that the western countries bear the guilt of anti-Semitism.

A pogrom is a word that has two meanings in Russian, it comes from the verb Gromit' (громи́ть) to smash, to sack. The first meaning is devastation, mayhem, carnage. The second is a nationalist attack against minorities or ethnic groups (Jews especially). After terrible attacks against Jewish villages during the Tsarist time the word came into English and French but only with the second meaning. The French academy gives the following definition: