Disinfo: Ukrainians are foreigners in Crimea


Land plots that currently belong to foreign citizens, including Ukrainians … will be nationalised. […] foreigners who have land plots in the now prohibited territory will be able to sell their possessions within a year.


Recurrent narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea and its integration to Russia.

Ukrainians are not foreigners in Crimea, the peninsula is an integral part of Ukraine.

The so-called referendum, that took place on March 16, 2014 was not recognised by the world. On March 27th, 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.

See here for the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of the Crimea annexation.

Read a similar case alleging that land ownership in Crimea is an internal Russian issue.


  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Crimea
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