FACT CHECK: Did Ukraine Capture Crimea?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Ukraine captured the Crimean Peninsula from Russia.

Verdict: False

Ukraine has not liberated Crimea, though Ukrainian officials have stated on several occasions one of their goals is to retake the area.

Fact Check:

Russia seized control of Crimea in 2014 after the Euromaidan Revolution, according to The Daily Beast. Western officials are warming to the idea of supporting Ukraine’s goal of retaking the area despite numerous nuclear threats from Russia, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 10,000 times, claims that Ukraine retook Crimea. The video’s caption reads, “The End- Ukraine Has Completely Recaptured Crimea! 2 Million Russians are Fleeing Crimea.”

This claim, however, is false. If Ukraine had retaken Crimea, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense nor the President of Ukraine‘s office have announced the liberation of Crimea.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a non-partisan think tank, has not reported any retaking of Crimea. In its March 14 update, it did not state that Ukrainian troops had taken control of Crimea. The institute’s March 14 maps do not show Crimea under Ukrainian control either. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Russian Helicopters Over A Ukrainian Town?)

Ukrainian officials have not been shy about their goal of retaking Crimea, with the country increasing its efforts to set the stage for invading the peninsula, according to Foreign Policy.

Misinformation surrounding the Ukraine war is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video allegedly showing Leopard 2 tanks struggling to navigate terrain in Ukraine.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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