Disinfo: Ukraine is depriving Crimea of freshwater

Summary

… a problem facing Crimea and caused by Ukraine.. depriving citizens of freshwater.

 

 

 

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea this time about access to water.

Crimea and Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Under international law, Russia has a duty to provide supplies in those territories.

The North Crimean Canal is the only structure through which the Crimea received water from the Dnipro River.

After Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula, the Ukrainian leadership stated that the main condition for the renewal of the agreements on the water supply to the Crimea is the re-institution of legitimate authorities on the peninsula, which are absent following the annexation of Crimea.

That is why Ukraine decided to close the locks of the North Crimean Canal and stated that it would resume freshwater supply to the peninsula only after the complete de-occupation of Crimea.

Crimea was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 9 December 2019, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, illegal annexation, UN, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood

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Elections in Venezuela were free and fair

The United States and the European Union have once again rushed to denounce the legitimacy of the electoral process several weeks before the polls opened. These allegations could, of course, be very easily confirmed or refuted by sending international observers. But once again, the most powerful countries in the West rejected Maduro’s request to send independent experts. In particular, Brussels set a condition for the delay of the election process, which would be in violation of the Venezuelan constitution which stipulates that elections must be held by the end of the year in order to replace the members of the National Assembly.

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This is a recurring pro-Kremlin media report in support of Venezuela and of the authoritarian Maduro regime. It also aims to discredit international and European criticism to the electoral process and accuse the West and more specifically, the EU, of interference in the country's domestic affairs.

The EU warned the Venezuelan authorities early on about the need to create proper conditions for fair and free elections to be held. The HR/VP of the European Commission Josep Borrell had tried to achieve a consensus between the Maduro regime and the opposition led by Juan Guaido on minimum requirements for elections to be held. These efforts took place as early as last September.

Crimea is inevitably Russian after the referendum

Crimea belonging to Russia became a foregone conclusion when the residents of the Crimea voted in favour of restoring Russian identity and returning to the embrace of the homeland.

Crimea has returned to as a Russian federal territory, after a referendum that took place on March 16, 2014, in the Crimea and Sevastopol, and both regions became part of the Russian Federation as of March 18, 2014.

Crimea was one of the Russian regions until the beginning of the fifties of the twentieth century when the authorities of the Union of Soviet Republics decided to transfer their subordination to the Republic of Ukraine.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

Looking back in time, in 1783 Catherine II (the Great) annexed Crimean peninsula. After that, the rivalry between the Russians and the Turks persisted, and in the Crimean War (1853–56) it expanded into a broader European conflict.

There is no doubt Russia has total sovereignty over the Kuril Islands

According to the resolution taken in 1945, the Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union. Today, the US State Department puts the results of World War II into question and encourages a tendency for revenge (By requesting Russian citizens born in the Kuril Islands to obtain an American residence permit).

Moscow insists that the aforementioned islands have become part of the Soviet Union legally, based on the results of the Second World War, and are part of Russia’s territory as the successor to the Soviet Union, noting that Russia’s sovereignty over the four islands is not questionable.

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Japan has disputed Russian ownership of the Northern Territories / Southern Kurils since the end of World War II.

The Island chain referred to as the Kuril Islands stretches northeast from Japan’s main northern island of Hokkaido to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.