Tag "Crimea"

They speak Russian in Crimea, but that doesn’t make it part of Russia

By Peter Dickinson, for Atlantic Counsil US President Donald Trump made headlines ahead of the recent G7 summit in Canada by calling on his colleagues in the group of leading industrial nations to welcome Russia back into the fold. However, it seems that this was not the full extent of his advocacy for the Kremlin. According to a report published by BuzzFeed quoting two unnamed diplomatic sources, the US president also took

Fake: Ukraine Boasts about Crimea Drought

Several pro-Kremlin Russian media disseminated stories this week claiming that Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis representative council boasted about the water problems Ukraine had created for Crimea and said that even if Ukraine allowed water from the mainland to reach the Russian annexed peninsula, it could always turn it off again and that Ukraine would not negotiate Crimean water issues with Moscow. RIA Novosti,

Fake: Kurt Volker Acknowledges Ukraine Unable to Return Crimea and Donbas

Ukraine is unable to return Donbas and Crimea under its jurisdiction, Russian propagandist media announced on May 17, seemingly citing the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker. Volker admits Kyiv unable to return Crimea and Donbas, RT’s headline declared, while Moskovskyi Komsomolets went even further, advising Ukraine to come to terms with the loss of Donbas and Crimea, while Gazeta.ru laconically explained simply that Russia is

Moscow: Crimea is Russian, UN: It is occupied territory

By Polygraph Alexander Domrin Alexander Domrin, Professor of International Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow “Up to this point, it (Crimea) has been perceived exclusively as a Russian territory. And in 2014 the peninsula joined the Russian Federation on the basis of a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula took part. And now it will not be returned to Ukraine or

#PackOfLies: Gathering of radicals in the occupied Crimea

Yale historian Timothy Snyder in his latest book “The Road to Unfreedom” calls Kremlin’s politics schizofascism. By accusing everyone of fascism Kremlin is actually itself the bastion of fascism today, basing its neo-imperial ideology on such fascist-leaning philosophers as Ivan Illyin, Lev Gumilev, Aleksandr Dugin etc. Just recently The Yalta International Economic Forum, organised by Kremlin, ended in Yalta, that is, in Russian-occupied Crimea. It is not by chance that

Fake: Ukraine Recognizes It Cannot Return Crimea

Following in the footsteps of last week’s fake claiming that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to deny Ukrainian citizenship to all those who were forced to obtain Russian passports in Crimea, Russian propagandist media has come up with yet another fake: that Ukraine is reconciling itself to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. Lenta.ru, Ukraina.ru, NTV, Moskovskyi Komsomolets, Argumenty I Fakty all featured stories claiming that Ukraine has admitted that it

Manipulation: Ukrainian Sailors Threaten to Return to Crimea

On April 18 RIA Novosti, Argumenty I Fakty, PolitNavigator, Moskovskyi Komsomolets and other Russian media disseminated a story claiming that Ukrainian sailors who left Crimea after it was annexed by Russia in 2014 were threatening to return to the occupied peninsula and take Russian citizenship. The source for this distorted claim was an open letter that a group of sailors wrote to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calling on him to

Fake: UN Recognizes Russian Telephone Code for Crimea

Russian media disseminated a fake story this week claiming that the United Nations International Telecommunication Union recognized the Russian telephone code of Crimea, thereby recognizing the annexed peninsula as part of the Russian Federation. Gazeta.ru, Russian language RT , RIA Novosti, Life.ru, Rambler and other media featured this fake story. Russian media cite the Russian Communication Minister Nikolay Nikoforov who met with Sergey Aksyonov , the so-called leader of Crimea

Little green men: the annexation of Crimea as an emblem of pro-Kremlin disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Among the many different examples of factually wrong claims that have come out of the Kremlin and media outlets loyal to its line since 2014, the case of Crimea’s annexation stands out as perhaps the most blatant and geopolitically most critical. The so-called “little green men” – Russian soldiers who, without identifying insignia, took control of Ukrainian territory in March 2014 – showed the extent to

Fake: Ukraine to Force Crimea and Donbas Residents to Repent

Last week Russian media such as NTV, Ukraina.ru, RIA Novosti and others featured stories claiming that the Ukrainian government would be forcing all residents of annexed Crimea and occupied Donbas territories to request pardons for supporting the separatist cause and ask for forgiveness. Former Ukrainian MP Andriy Senchenko, director of the Sila Prava (Strength of Law) NGO published the text of his draft law on pardoning those Ukrainian citizens who

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