Disinfo: We did not make war, nor did we occupy anyone;…


We did not make war, nor did we occupy anyone; there was no shooting, no one got killed during the events in Crimea. Not a single person! We used the Armed Forces only to stop more than 20,000 Ukrainian service members stationed there from interfering with the free expression of will by the residents of Crimea. People came to the referendum and cast their vote. They chose to be part of Russia – Vladimir Putin for Bild.


As for the annexation of Crimea:
1) On 04.16.2015, Putin acknowledged publicly that the referendum on joining the Crimea to Russia was held with the participation of the Russian troops: bbc.in/1lkT0vZ,
2) In March 2015, in an interview for the film "Crimea. The path to the Motherland" (bit.ly/1SWxgUP), said that he considered the possibility of using nuclear weapons at the annexation of the Crimea in case of a possible confrontation with the West. //
As for the victims of the annexation:
1) On March, 15, 2014 near the village Zemlianichnoe in the Crimea a corps of a Crimean Tatar man, who died because of tortures, was found. Previously, that man organised a peaceful picket on the central square of Simferopol (capital of the Crimea) against the occupation. On March, 18, in Simferopol during the storming of Ukrainian military facility Russian troops killed Ukrainian sergeant Sergey Kokurin.
2) On April, 6, 2014, in the village of Novofedorovka a Ukrainian major Stanislav Karachevsky was shot down to death by Russian sergeant Zaytsev, a soldier of a special marriane battalion/
3) During the period of annexation there are several pro-Ukrainian activists missing, whose fate still remains unknown. Source: bit.ly/1Rub8Sr,


  • Reported in: Issue 11
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Crimea
  • Outlet: kremlin.ru


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