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The people of Crimea determined their own fate

Summary of Disinformation

The 1954 handover of the Crimea to Ukraine was illegal.The people of Crimea determined their fate the way they did, in the March 2014 referendum that showed 97 percent of Crimeans voted for independence from the rest of Ukraine and to become a part of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. 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: http://bit.ly/2d9uXT9.

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. http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/newsc-putin-ukraine-election-media/28918925.html.

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Reported in: Issue 92
Date: 14.12.2017
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual news conference
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