Disinfo: The issue of the territorial belonging of Crimea is not clear only for Kyiv


The issue of the territorial belonging of Crimea is not clear only for Kyiv.
President of Ukraine V. Zelenskyy once again announced his intentions to return Crimea to Ukraine. Realising that Kyiv is unable to do this on its own, he appeals to the principle “The West will help us”.
As for Crimea, its Russian affiliation has long been clear to Kyiv’s “foreign partners”. And the sooner Kyiv understands this, the easier it will be for it to free itself from another phantom pain.


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

The EU still does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn this violation of international law. In June 2020, the European Council decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until 23 June 2021.

Ukraine did not give up its territories, which were illegally annexed by Russia. Ukraine does not recognise the illegal annexation of its territories. The international community recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Read similar cases that The Hague court recognised Crimea as Russian and that Two top US officials say there is no prospect of returning Crimea to Ukraine, that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process and that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/08/2020
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, illegal annexation, The West, Crimea


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