East StratCom disinformation claim:

Moscow has not annexed Crimea, the peninsula has joined Russia on the basis of the will of its citizens and in line with international law and the UN Charter, as stated by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Period/date: 18. September 2016

Debunk claim:

Any decision relating to Ukraine’s sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. Any so-called referenda organised by self-proclaimed authorities, who lack democratic legitimacy, are obviously illegal and illegitimate. The EU will not recognise them nor their alleged outcomes. // In March 27, 2014, the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 was adopted in response to the Russian annexation of Crimea: being entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, it did not approve the annexation: http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/a_res_68_262.pdf

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 41. The item is located at row number 10 in the report.

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