Disinfo: Ukrainian Community of Crimea urged Zelenskyy to abandon Crimea claims

Summary

“Your people are not here”: the Ukrainian Community of Crimea urged Zelenskyy to abandon claims to Crimea.

Disproof

The Ukrainian Community of Crimea mentioned in the news is an "organisation with a stolen name". The original Ukrainian Community of Crimea existed long before the annexation of the peninsula and now it continues to exist on the "mainland" Ukraine.

After the annexation of Crimea, there were two attempts to "recreate" this organisation. The second time in 2018, it was founded under the leadership of a member of the "Young Guard of United Russia". The other founders include a member of the Simferopol branch of "United Russia" party and a deputy chairman of the Belarusian organisation.

"They [the new Ukrainian Community of Crimea] participate in the many official events of the current Crimean authorities, in the reception of foreign delegations. All this time they glorify Putin and say how the Crimean authorities are looking out for the rights and development of Ukrainians in Crimea," a journalist from Crimea Anna Andrievska told RFE/RL.

No international body recognises the illegal referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014. The EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol includes a set of restrictive measures against entities and individuals responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity. In March 2019, on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, the EU reiterated its position of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The EU continues to stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

See similar cases: Crimea regained its Russian identity at the will of its people and the US recognised Crimea as Russian.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Crimea
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Crimea is historically Russian, people of Crimea voted in referendum to reunite with Russia

Crimea is historically Russian and there has also been a referendum in which the people of Crimea voted to reunite with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Crimea has never belonged to Ukraine.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”

Russia was excluded from MH17 investigation, Russian evidence was ignored

The Russian side was excluded from participating in the investigation, despite important data that had been transferred confirming that the missile belonged to Ukraine. The evidence was ignored in every way; it is useless to wait for an objective investigation.

Disproof

One of the many recurring, and occasionally conflicting, disinformation narratives around the downing of flight MH17 which appear again due to the imminent trial of the suspects (see below). Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition of its membership. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group." The "evidence" claimed by Russia, namely radar data and the "field experiment" conducted by the Russian military company Almaz-Antey, is only a small sample of misleading claims advanced by Moscow since 2015, some of which have contradicted one another. Also, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta found the claim that the Buk was of "Ukrainian origin" to be fabricated. The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands. See further disinformation claims alleging that The MH17 disaster was carefully planned by Ukraine and Western intelligence agencies, US and UK falsely blamed Russia for downing MH17, Ukraine is hiding evidence in the tragedy of flight MH17 to this day.

The Netherlands is going to sabotage the MH17 trial

There will be no real trial in the MH17 investigation, there will only be information sabotage to please the representatives of the West, who constantly twist this topic in a convenient way.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory. One of many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives aiming to undermine the results of the MH17 investigation and the outcomes of the future trial.

The prosecution of 4 suspects begins on 9th of March 2020, as decided by the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO), which has the unanimous support of the investigation authorities of the other countries in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT): Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. The PPO will present the case to an independent court in a public hearing under the Dutch legal system.