East StratCom disinformation claim:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the choice of the Crimean residents who voted for reunification with Russia should be respected avoiding double standards. Putin recalled that more than 90% of Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia.

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Period/date: 21. November 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 lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Source from an EU country in Disinformation Review issue 49. The item is located at row number 6 in the report.

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