On 17 March, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations held an event dedicated to the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The event pursued a propagandist objective: to spread false narratives about the situation on the Crimean Peninsula.

This technology is already known. Russian propagandists triumphantly report that they allegedly managed to break through the “information blockade.” At the same time, the facts suggest otherwise.

The results of the discussion reiterated Russia’s continued isolation, the unity of the majority of UN Security Council members in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, condemnation of the temporary occupation of Crimea and human rights violations committed by the occupation administration on the peninsula.

The stance expressed by our partners allowed Ukrainian citizens in Crimea to assure themselves of the unwavering and strong support on part of the UN Security Council member states.

It is important because Crimea stays in information isolation. Ukrainian online media outlets are blocked, the frequencies of Ukrainian TV and radio channels are illegally used by the Russian media. Russian media and official sources do not report on the events dedicated to the issue of Crimea, which are held by Ukraine and its foreign partners on international platforms, or inform about them in a distorted way.

A clear example was the Arria-formula meeting on 12 March, which had an unprecedented level of participation, number of participants and consolidated position. The meeting practically was not covered by the Russian Foreign Ministry or the media.

We are grateful to the members of the UN Security Council who have recently confirmed their stance on the non-recognition of Russia’s attempts to take possession of Ukrainian Crimea.

By convening a propagandist event, Russia discredited itself once again.

Natalia Tolub

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