Disinfo: Russia saved Crimea from war by annexing the peninsula

Summary

Russia saved Crimea from war by annexing the peninsula. Since the annexation, Crimea has been developing faster than ever.

Disproof

Repeating already debunked disinformation. The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation took place in February 2014, almost two months before the pro-Russian protests in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts escalated into an armed separatist insurgency (bbc.in/1FfegIv), . // Despite the fact that the Russian government has poured enormous amounts of money in subsidies into the region, the Russian-annexed peninsula continues to deal with energy shortages (bit.ly/1UCSh98), , while Crimeans also feel the spiraling cost of food and services acutely (bit.ly/1pZgCZE), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 21
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of…

Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of the Ukrainian state language on the territory of the city and propose to ban Russian completely.

Disproof

This fake story uses a draft proposal by Kyiv City Council member Yuriy Syrotiuk registered on March 11. Syrotiuk proposes to establish that Ukrainian be used in city advertising, record keeping and official communication with the residents of the city. There is absolutely no mention of prohibiting Russian in any public or private sphere. Paragraph 3 of the draft decision clearly states that "Use of other languages is possible on request". According to Ukraine’s Constitution and the Law on languages, every person is guaranteed the right to choose the language he or she wishes to speak and no restrictions have ever been enacted limiting that choice (bit.ly/1RxchEh), .