Disinfo: The militarisation of Crimea is protection of Russian land

Summary

The discussion [about the militarisation of Crimea] revolves around Russian sovereign territories, where the Russian Federation has the right, within the framework of international law and within the framework of international obligations, to do everything necessary to ensure its security.

Crimea’s belonging to Russia became a foregone conclusion when the people of the Crimean peninsula voted in favour of restoring its Russian identity and returning it to the embrace of the [Russian] homeland.

 

Disproof

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

The EU does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn this violation of international law by sanctions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (A/RES/68/262).

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

Read similar cases claiming that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process and that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Referendum, Crimea

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