Ukraine wants to exchange Crimea for Transnistria

Summary

Ukraine is considering the possibility of trading Russian annexed Crimea for Transnistria, the pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova that is home to some half a million people.

Disproof

Ukraine has never had any territorial pretensions concerning Transnistria. The background for this disinformation story was a Ukrainian parliamentarian questioning a proposal by Moldovan president Igor Dodon. While visiting Moscow recently, Dodon said that in case Moldova loses its statehood, Transnistria must be given the right to self-determination. He outlined two scenarios: Transnistria could become a part of Moldova or a part of Ukraine, as outright independence or becoming part of the Russian Federation are unrealistic prospects for the breakaway territory. Responding to Dodon’s interview, Ukrainian MP Iryna Friz posted a response on her Facebook page expressing incredulity at his proposition, particularly in light of the fact that Ukraine has always considered Transnistria an integral part of Moldova. Friz wonders if perhaps Dodon’s suggestion is a signal from the Kremlin on trading Transnistria for Crimea and advises him to spend more time defending the territorial integrity of Moldova and less time making dubious proposals. Further debunking at Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-wants-to-exchange-crimea-for-transdnistria/, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 89
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Transnistria, Crimea
  • Outlet: Lenta.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

According to Britannica, the Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932–33 was a result of Stalin's policies and a man-made demographic catastrophe unprecedented in peacetime. Of the estimated six to eight million people who died in the Soviet Union, about four to five million were Ukrainians. The famine was a direct assault on the Ukrainian peasantry, which had stubbornly continued to resist collectivization; indirectly, it was an attack on the Ukrainian village, which traditionally had been a key element of Ukrainian national culture. Its deliberate nature is underscored by the fact that no physical basis for famine existed in Ukraine.

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Disproof

No evidence given. Ambassador Richard Mills has really talked about 8 billion USD investments in Armenia. However, the ambassador has not mentioned any precondition related to closing the NPP. “American companies are interested in investments in the renewable energy sector in Armenia, and there is a possibility of about 8 billion USD investment cooperation”, the ambassador said. Moreover, while Russia has provided a 30 million USD grant to the Metsamor NPP, the grant provided by the US to the nuclear power plant makes up 65 million USD, and that of the EU – 55 million. Further debunking at SUT.am sut.am/en/archives/2096, , uicarmenia.org/en/3516,