Disinfo: Ukraine is a vassal country, a colony of the US

Summary

(Ukraine’s president Petro) Poroshenko exists solely to speak, he takes no action. Ukraine is a vassal country, a colony of the United States. The Ukrainian authorities can do nothing without the permission of the United States.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation conspiracy about Ukraine's relations with the US and Ukraine's statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state with a legitimate government recognized by all the the UN members.

The EU strongly supported the holding of open, genuine and democratic Presidential and parliamentary elections in May and October 2014: http://www.eeas.europa.eu/archives/docs/statements/docs/2014/140612_01_en.pdf

OSCE: The elections marked an important step in Ukraine’s aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments. There were many positive points to the process, such as an impartial and efficient Central Election Commission, an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/132556?download=true

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 123
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Alexander Sherin, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: RIA FAN
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Ukraine’s army preparing sabotage in Crimea

Ukraine is the real threat for the peninsula. A threat that several times tried to materialize: from constant aggressive rhetoric of the Ukrainian president (…) to real attempts of sabotage on the territory of the peninsula.

The provocations come from the Ukrainian side.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine.

According to Stop Fake, these statements came as a response to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's announcement that 39 additional military units were deployed along Ukraine’s border in places considered to be at risk from Russian attack. These units, Poroshenko said, were formed to defend Ukraine’s mainland and not to attack Crimea, as Russian politicians and media claim.

Sevastopol has always been legally part of Russia

Legally Sevastopol has always been part of Russia.

It was a city of central subordination, even when Crimea was transferred – illegally – from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It is illegal because the decision was made by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the RSFSR, Ukraine and then approved by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR, while it should have been approved by the republics’ supreme councils and the USSR Supreme Council. But even during this process, which was essentially illegal, everybody just forgot about Sevastopol, and it was not transferred from the USSR to Ukraine. So technically and legally it has always been part of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Crimea.

Sevastopol is the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula, which is part of Ukraine. Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014.

Crimea belongs to Russia

Crimea is ours… And why ours? Not because we came and grabbed something… What is democracy? A government of the people. And how is a government of the people validated? Through referendums, elections and so on. People in Crimea turned out for a referendum and voted… to be independent and, as a next step,… to be a part of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea.

Crimea is part of Ukraine. 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. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.