Disinfo: The West made it clear to Ukraine that Crimea is Russia

Summary

The Head of the Crimea State Committee for Interethnic Relations Albert Kangiev assures that the refusal of Western countries to discuss the issue of Crimea [in the Normandy format] is a signal to the current Kyiv authorities. Foreign states have long come to terms with the fact that the peninsula is part of Russia. Therefore, he said, there simply cannot be any negotiations on this matter.

Disproof

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.

The Normandy Format talks involve the representatives of four countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France, who aim to resolve the war in Donbas. The issue of the illegal annexation of Crimea was not discussed in this format.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

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 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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Foreign TV stations instigated violence in Belarus, advising on how to attack policemen

Violence took over Minsk and most Belarusian cities since August 9. Provokers, well organised and directed by TV stations Nexta Live and Nexta, created by Poland, have been transmitting from Warsaw and the Lithuanian capital Vilnius instructions to their leaders both foreigners and Belarusians, informing them on police movements, especially on counter-riot forces, and giving them advice on how to attack policemen and set them on fire.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus, framing popular protests against the election result as caused by foreign interference through a ‘colour revolution’. No evidence is provided to support any of the affirmations.

Contrary to the claim, anti-Lukashenko protests have been mostly peaceful, and violence has come from Belarusian police and authorities against demonstrators, including beatings, torture and excessive force.

Belarusian opposition is guided from NATO and CIA psy-ops centre in Poland, EU sanctions predetermined

Once Washington’s strategists decided that it is time for the Belarusian president to leave, it ordered Belarusian opposition members, previously prepared, and its external agents from Poland and Latvia, to start a colour revolution and putting in power somebody more pro-West and radical. The opposition members are guided from Poland’s Central Group of Psychological Action located in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz and under the control of NATO’s Intelligence Division and the CIA. Everything was ready for the European Union to denounce the results of the elections and impose sanctions on the main Belarusian officials.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing all popular protests in the world as colour revolutions and movements opposed to any government supported by Moscow as Western puppets, and portraying the European Union as being directed by Washington. No evidence is provided to support any of the claims. This is also part of an ongoing disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus.

Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against what they call election fraud but also against the aggressiveness of the police, who arrested and ill-treated hundreds of rally participants.

The West betrayed Lukashenka, as it always does with rulers who become too friendly with it

Belarusian president Alyaksandar Lukashenka forgot the fate of the rulers that tried to get close and please Washington and Brussels, seduced by their promises of “disinterested” help. It seems that the experience of Muammar Khaddafi, murdered in 2011, or Saddam Hussein, hanged in 2006, taught nothing to Lukashenko, who started to be too friendly to the West, trying to balance NATO and Moscow, even denouncing its “big brother”, Russia. Then, Washington’s strategists decided that it was time for the president of Belarus to leave.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West, portrayed as an aggressive entity always conspiring to overthrow governments and which can never be trusted, especially if getting close to Western capitals means leaving Moscow’s orbit. No evidence is being provided to support the claim. This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus, framing popular protests against the election result as caused by foreign interference through a ‘colour revolution’.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries that criticize them in Minsk; that the arrest of Russian mercenaries in Belarus was a Ukrainian provocation, and the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks in Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are one single nation.