Taking a page from Buzzfeed, the U.S. State Department published a listicle of its own Wednesday afternoon, targeting what they call Russia’s “false narrative” over events in Ukraine.
The list highlights ten of Vladimir Putin’s recent statements regarding Russia’s activity in Ukraine and presents what the State Department calls “the facts.”
Here are a few highlights-
1.Mr. Putin says:Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is citizens’ defense groups, not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea. The Facts:Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians. 2.Mr. Putin says:Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The Facts:The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. 3.Mr. Putin says:The opposition failed to implement the February 21 agreement with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The Facts:The February 21 agreement laid out a plan in which the Rada, or Parliament, would pass a bill to return Ukraine to its 2004 Constitution, thus returning the country to a constitutional system centered around its parliament. Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych was to sign the enacting legislation within 24 hours and bring the crisis to a peaceful conclusion. Yanukovych refused to keep his end of the bargain. Instead, he packed up his home and fled, leaving behind evidence of wide-scale corruption.