Disinfo: Ukraine creates a commission for the sale of Crimean lands


Ukrainian officials fantasise about the return of Crimea with the further intention of dividing it into parts. The return of Crimea to Ukraine is considered only from the point of view of commercial interests. The hatching and voicing of plans for the peninsula hides the usual sale of properties. Ukraine is creating a “commission of truth” for Crimea – this is just a scheme for the sale of Crimean objects and lands that will supposedly be freed from Russia someday – a message to businessmen that everything has become cheaper, we will sell anything.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about illegal annexation of Crimea

This disinformation piece appeared in the Russian media after the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, Anton Korynevych, told Ukrainian journalists about legislative developments regarding the de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea and Donbas.

In particular, Ukraine intends to introduce transitional justice in Crimea and Donbas - this is a process of establishing peace and democracy in the region. The concept is based on the principles of restoring justice after the end of the conflict. This model has nothing to do with the “sale of the Crimean land”. According to the representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Korynevych, one of the main tasks of transitional justice is to bring the invaders and their accomplices to justice. At the same time, about 95% of the population will not face negative consequences from the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, Korynevych said.

Ukraine, developing the concept of transitional justice for the occupied lands, draws on international experience, improving on various models of transitional justice that have been used over the past decades by countries with military conflicts, Korynevych said. Transitional justice is based on four principles: bringing the perpetrators of the conflict to justice, establishing the truth, institutional reforms, and communicating the truth about armed conflict. Such models of justice have been used in Argentina, Chile, Liberia, Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other post-conflict countries. The concept of transitional justice is welcomed by the international community, as this model helps to restore the rule of law in countries with conflict.


  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, War crimes, Occupation, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Crimea


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