NEWS: Ukraine no longer enjoys UN’s support on the Crimean issue
“Fewer and fewer members of the UN support the resolutions promoted by Ukraine against Crimea.”
According to the "Novyi deni" correspondent, this is what the DNR citizen, Russian historian and political scientist Vladimir Kornilov told Russia 1. He claims that as the years go by, Kiev gets more active in promoting the issue of Crimea, but the Kiev regime does not enjoy support. The new anti-Crimea resolution was voted by the smallest number of UN states since 2014. "Today, Ukraine, just like every year, has traditionally brought to the fore its resolution condemning Russia's militarization of Crimea. I see that every year, these resolutions against Crimea are voted on by fewer and fewer states and individuals. I remind you that in 2014 the Ukrainian resolution was voted by 100 states, then by 70 […] and by only 62 today. Fewer and fewer states every year ", Vladimir Kornilov said."
NARRATIVES: 1. Ukraine no longer enjoys UN support for the Crimean issue. 2. The issue of the status of Crimea is especially promoted by the "Kiev regime". 3. Ukraine's international initiatives are anti-Crimean.
LOCAL CONTEXT / ETHOS: Since 2014, the international community has been condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea. Ukraine has initiated a series of UN General Assembly resolutions, which have been voted on by member states, and the EU, the USA, etc. have introduced sanctions against Russia for violations of international law. On the other hand, Moscow claims that it was guided by historical and international law, accepting the voluntary union of Crimea with Russia, as a result of a referendum. The referendum, however, was not recognized by the international community and took place in the context in which the peninsula had already been occupied by "the little green men". In recent years, Russia has tried to keep the Crimean issue away from international debates, but Ukraine has constantly brought it back to the international agenda. The Kremlin is trying to prove to the people of the peninsula, as well as Ukrainian and Russian readers, that the international community has begun to come to terms with the thought that Crimea will be a part of Russia forever, and Ukraine is no longer supported from outside.
PURPOSE: To disseminate news about the "Kiev regime", which is no longer able to convince the international community that it is necessary to maintain sanctions against Russia. It is also an attempt to show that UN resolutions are directed against the people of Crimea, which could cause the local population to distance itself even more from the Ukrainian state. The above news is commented by a political scientist who is a citizen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) (a secondary purpose being that of planting in the collective mind the notion of "DNR citizen") and signed by a Crimean journalist.
WHY THE NARRATIVES ARE FALSE: The information about the decreasing number of UN states that support Ukraine on the Crimean issue is not true. Every year, the Crimea-related resolutions are on different issues: in the last 2 years, the militarization of the peninsula, the location of nuclear weapons and the security threats for the states in the region have been increasingly tackled. The narrative in question presents the reader with a distorted reality based on an unrepresentative comparison and a false generalization - "Ukraine no longer enjoys UN support on the issue of Crimea." The impression is created that the same resolution is put to the vote every year. In fact, the text of the resolutions has become increasingly harsh on Russia since 2014. In reality, the resolution was voted not by 62, but by 63 states. If in 2019, 19 states voted against the resolution alongside Russia, then in 2020 - only 17 did so (Armenia, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria, etc.). There’s been a decrease in the number of Russian supporters in the Crimean issue, a situation intentionally "unnoticed" by the Russian and pro-Russian press. The narratives of the Russian press include a comparison of votes per year on different resolutions and different issues: resolutions condemning the annexation, resolutions on the issue of human rights, on the repression of the Tatar population, the militarization of Crimea or the persecution of journalists. The comparison is intentionally presented in such a way as to show that these UN processes mean a possible diplomatic recognition of the occupation of the peninsula in the future. The 2020 resolution cites another 7 UN documents, which were violated by Russia by occupying Ukrainian territory. The Russian press is ignoring some new elements of the UN 2020 resolution, such as urging Russia not to expand the Crimean militarization project, including by retaining nuclear weapons, which poses a threat to regional and global security. The resolution is not directed against the people of Crimea but aims to condemn the militarization of the peninsula and to prevent future human rights violations.
GRAIN OF TRUTH: The UN resolution of December 2020, stating that Crimea is temporarily occupied in violation of international law, was endorsed by 63 states. It’s true, though, that the international community seems a bit tired of this issue and the number of those strongly supporting Ukraine’s stand has decreased, but the figures depend primarily on the content of the resolutions. The harder they’ve become on Russia, the larger the number of states becoming neutral has grown. OFFICIAL REACTIONS: After the adoption of the resolution, the representative of Ukraine at the UN, Sehii Kisliția, stated that “Russia is losing international support, though the resolution was voted by 2 states less than last year. We do not have less support, but what matters is not the number, it’s the content of the document.”