Disinfo: Sevastopol and Crimea have always belonged and will always belong to Russia

Summary

Sevastopol and Crimea have always belonged and will always belong to Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about 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 129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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There is a British-backed war in Ukraine. By sending war-ships Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine.

Disproof

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question at the the beginning of the interview: "why do you think Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia [...]"? .

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about war in Ukraine and Western aggression. 

Poroshenko may unleash a war on Russia

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Disproof

No evidence given of any preparations by Ukraine to unleash a war on Russia. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

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(…) US-NATO backed putsch that seized power in Ukraine in 2013 – setting off Ukrainian-Russian tensions in the first place.
(…) the prominent role paramilitary Neo-Nazi organizations have played in both overthrowing the elected government in 2013 and militancy carried out against Russian businesses, institutions, and even Ukrainians of Russian descent– particularly in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security serviceseized 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.