East StratCom disinformation claim:

The reason for the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbass is the desire of the inhabitants of these two Ukrainian regions to speak Russian.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 24. January 2017

Debunk claim:

Repeating an already debunked myth. No state body of Ukraine and no official of this country disallowed the inhabitants of Crimea or Donbass to speak Russian.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 56. The item is located at row number 20 in the report.

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