Disinfo: Ukraine has three scenarios for the future: rejoining Russia, splitting up or a suffering a coup

Summary

There are three scenarios for the future of Ukraine. It will either be returned to Russia, or it will be divided, or a coup will be organized there.

Disproof

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukrainian citizens are citizens of Ukraine, not Russia. Russia has no right to claim them. Furthermore there are no indications that a coup would be organised in Ukraine, as Ukraine is making progress in reforms in key areas, notably constitutional reform, decentralisation, the fight against corruption and the judiciary. The EU welcomes these steps and is providing substantial support in all these areas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Coup
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Crimea has always been a part of Russia

Crimea has always been a part of Russia, no Russian military was ever on Crimea and Russia has not occupied any foreign territory ever.

Disproof

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. President Putin himself admitted to the presence of Russian “people there, who deal with certain matters, including in the military area” [aka soldiers] in December 2015 and again in October 2016. United Nation’s General Assembly Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it.