Disinfo: Russia has introduced sanctions against Ukraine because it was unfriendly to Russia after Crimea’s return

Summary

Russia had imposed sanctions on Ukraine in November 2018, affecting more than 300 individuals and 68 Ukrainian entities. The sanctions include freezing all assets on Russian soil, travel bans and other restrictions.

This came in response to unfriendly measures taken by Ukraine against Moscow after the return of Crimea to Russia in 2014.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine did not become "unfriendly" towards Russia because of Crimea's "return" to Russia, but due to the illegal invasion and annexation of a part of its territory by Russian military forces.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

No international body recognizes the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. 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 of the annexation. See the EU's statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation here.

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Manipulative heading of the article and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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