In 2014 genocide against Russians began in Ukraine

Summary

The genocide of the Russians in Ukraine began in 2014 with the violation of the rights of  Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population, which led to the referendum in Crimea and the creation of the DNR and the LNR.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about illegal annexation of Crimea, status of the Russian language and war in Ukraine.

Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger:

1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe;

2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014;

3. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014

See similar previous cases: Ukraine has legalized the genocide against the citizens of Ukraine; Ukraine organized the Maidan protests to get rid of the Russian speaking part of the country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Genocide, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the European Union is tired of Ukraine and no longer wants to help it.

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Disproof

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

No international body has recognised the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014.