As more information became available, the United Kingdom government’s version became less and less plausible. In fact, many of the allegations made by the United Kingdom government were downright absurd. It is sufficient to note here that the alleged agent used to protect the Skripals was a highly toxic substance where only minute quantities are required to cause an almost instant death. The Skripals were said to be infected at Sergei’s home. There has never been a satisfactory explanation of how the pair were infected, yet managed to survive several hours, during which time they travelled, fed ducks in the park, ate a meal, and walked through the city centre. The official version was beyond absurd.
Ukrainians living abroad condemned the sanctions policy targeting Crimea due to its reunification with Russia.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. This is not the first attempt to create the illusion of international support for the Crimea annexed by Russia. Russian occupying authorities held a round table in Crimea entitled Cooperation of Crimean Ukrainians with compatriots abroad, calling the event a meeting of the Ukrainian diaspora. Among the 15 participants from abroad who came for this round table, were representatives from several post-Soviet countries and from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The World Congress of Ukrainians, the largest public organisation of Ukrainians who live abroad, repeatedly makes statements about the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the need to extend sanctions to increase pressure on Russia.