Disinfo: Ukraine is a terrorist state and must be eliminated

Summary

Ukraine, which carried out the genocide of the peoples of Donbas and Crimea, is a terrorist state and must be eliminated. Ukraine is waiting for the Nuremberg trials.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Ukraine is sabotaging peace in Donbas and about the war in Ukraine. It's also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea. Over the last year, Ukraine has made serious steps to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully. Ukraine initiated a Normandy Four meeting that was held on December 9, 2019. Ukraine agreed that a full and comprehensive ceasefire is necessary. The parties of the Normandy Summit also agreed to release captives on the principle "all for all" by December 2019. Three prisoner exchanges have been conducted, with the last one taking place during the COVID-19 lockdown. The law on special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donbas was extended for another year. A disengagement of troops was achieved in Zolote, Petrovske, and Stanytsia Luhanska. Ukraine also rebuilt a bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska that was destroyed by the pro-Russian militants in March 2015. There is no evidence about the genocide of Crimean people either. In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. 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. Following the covert invasion by “little green men,” the referendum in Crimea was conducted hastily and at gunpoint, barring impartial observers from entering the peninsula. 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. The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence for the annexation. For the EU statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/07/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, War in Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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