Disinfo: The US is pushing Ukraine to regain control of Crimea by force

Summary

The Crimea Peninsula had restored the Russian identity in 2014 at the will of its inhabitants. Those who came to power in the Ukrainian capital through a coup in 2014 are still contemplating regaining control of Crimea by force. They have the support of the United States of America.

Disproof

A mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine claiming that the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv were a coup d'état, and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

This disinformation follows a renewed build-up of Russian armed forces along the Ukrainian borders in April 2021. A significant amount of additional Russian heavy armament and equipment is maintained in the regions near the Ukrainian border and on occupied Crimea contributing to heightened tension.

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries, including the High Representative/Vice-President of the EU Josep Borrell called on Russia to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations.

Ukrainian authorities have never indicated an intention to free Crimea from illegal Russian annexation by force. Kyiv has announced its plan for the peaceful de-occupation of Crimea, one of its vehicles being the Crimea Platform.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN adopted a resolution stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula, and the EU does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law.

See similar disinformation cases in our database: that NATO and Ukraine want an escalation in Donbas; or that the US needs a war in Ukraine to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline; or that the Crimean people chose to be with Russia through the democratic procedure; or that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine; or that it is impossible to recognize the annexation of Crimea because it never happened.

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  • Reported in: Issue 242
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Crimea, illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
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Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media about the West’s desire to use Ukraine as a bridgehead for an attack on Russia.

In reality, NATO is not just a military alliance. Being also a political one, it first and foremost strives to prevent conflict. In the case of Ukraine, NATO is trying to help it keep the hostilities from flaring up again. Its members cooperate with Ukraine, hold joint military training, and the United States extends military aid to it so that it can defend its territory from the enemy's attacks. Contrary to pro-Kremlin disinformation reports, NATO member states have never sent their troops to fight in Donbas, nor have they spurred Ukrainian troops into violent action.

Disinfo: Ukraine repeatedly breaks the Minsk Agreements and arranges provocations

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine does not adhere to the 2014 Minsk Agreements and ceasefire regime in Donbas.

The implementation of the Minsk agreements remains one of the key priorities of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In a recent address, he mentioned that Ukraine will adhere to all agreements aimed at establishing peace in Donbas.

Disinfo: Polish law-enforcement agencies are the “errand boys” of the Ukrainian special services

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States and other countries, such as Israel or Ukraine, fully shape Poland's foreign and domestic policy (presenting Poland as a “puppet-state” of other countries).

The claim that the Polish law-enforcement agencies appear in “subordination” to the American and Ukrainian special services is untrue.