Disinfo: The UN mission has unhindered access to the Crimea


The UN mission has unhindered access to Crimea. Since 2014, despite invitations from the Crimean and Russian authorities, no UN representatives have ever visited the peninsula.


After the annexation of Crimea, Russia closed access to the peninsula for any international observers. The UN General Assembly has repeatedly called on the Kremlin to provide free access to the occupied Ukrainian territory in resolutions A/RES/71/205 (2016),  A/RES/72/190 (2017), A/RES/73/263 (2018), A/RES/74/168 (2019).

Also, in numerous reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, it was noted that Russia refuses to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law in the Crimea and does not agree to ensure the proper, unhindered access of international monitoring missions to Crimea.

The international community systematically calls on Russia to open access to Crimea for human rights monitoring missions.


  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, illegal annexation, Human rights, Occupation, UN, Crimea


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

There was never a statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in the interview with “Krym.Realii” that Ukraine has "lost" the inhabitants of Crimea. He also did not say that "there is no need for Kyiv to fight for the population of the peninsula." According to Kuleba, it is difficult for Kyiv to fight for human consciousness in Crimea because the authorities do not have physical access there.

UN lies about violation of human rights in Crimea

The United Nations is politicised and goes on about Ukraine. UN representatives in their reports on the Crimea use fake information. The annual reports of the UN contain fictitious horrific statistics and false facts about the difficult life of Crimeans, Crimean Tatars


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres published a second report on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, which Russia annexed in 2014. The report covers the period from July 1 to December 31, 2019, and is based on monitoring and documenting violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Crimea. The report deals with torture and ill-treatment of Crimeans by the FSB of Russia, violations of the rights of detainees, including systematic beatings, unreasonable personal searches, refusal to meet with relatives and lawyers, charges of publishing on social networks and interfering with the work of journalists; about the military draft in the ranks of the army of the occupier and about many other violations of Russia in Crimea.

The West lies about MH17, there was no BUK

The BUK missile system has nothing to do with the plane crash.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.