Disinfo: Putin: Respect the choice of the residents of Crimea

Summary

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the choice of the Crimean residents who voted for reunification with Russia should be respected avoiding double standards. Putin recalled that more than 90% of Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia.

Disproof

Any decision relating to Ukraine's sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 49
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Referendum, Crimea
  • Outlet: TASS, citing the film "Ukraine on Fire" aired at REN TV
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The LPR is bound to receive official recognition

The LPR is bound to receive official status on the world stage, and the rights and freedoms of its citizens will be ensured. Ukraine will never regain control over Luhansk.

Disproof

No evidence given.

Visa-liberalisation for Ukrainians will lead to fewer working opportunities for Czechs

Visa-liberalisation for Ukrainians will lead to fewer working opportunities for Czechs; it may also lead to the spreading of Ukrainian mafias and ultranationalists into Europe. Ukraine is violating the rights of whole groups of its population.

Disproof

The visa liberalisation will grant Ukrainians only short-term visits to Europe (90 days every half a year), and is not connected to the issue of labour liberalisation for Ukrainians. The visa liberalisation doesn't mean abolition of border security checks. Furthermore, all Ukrainians seeking to use the visa-free regime will have to posses a biometric passport. (More details on the visa process here).

Ukraine has no policy of repressions towards any of its population groups.