DISINFO: The annexation of Crimea was necessary to prevent genocide of Russian-speakers
  • Outlet: protiproud.cz (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 12, 2017
  • Outlet language(s): Czech
  • Reported in: Issue 54
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
Junta Genocide Ethnic Russians Crimea Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: The annexation of Crimea was necessary to prevent genocide of Russian-speakers


The annexation of Crimea was necessary in order to prevent Ukraine´s junta from expulsion or genocide of civilian Russian-speaking population. In addition, the government in Ukraine is connected to the neo-Nazis who commit crimes against humanity.


No evidence given for this often repeated and many times debunked disinformation on Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation took place in February-March 2014, almost two months before the pro-Russian protests in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts escalated into an armed separatist insurgency bbc.in/1FfegIv, . // There were no confirmed reports prior to Russian intervention of any ethnic Russians being threatened in Ukraine. No evidence of genocide has been provided. The far-right Right Sector (often depicted as "fascists" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far from the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that bit.ly/2dFFEdi,


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