Disinfo: Americans incited Ukrainians to destroy the Crimean bridge

Summary

Americans themselves incited Ukrainians to destroy the Crimean bridge and even took part in training them.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence provided. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine's statehood, the impact of the West on Ukraine and Ukraine allegedly supporting terrorism. It is also part of the Kremlin's disinformation against regarding the Azov Sea.

The construction of the Crimean Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the Kerch Strait.

Read similar cases: "Ukraine and UK conspired to destroy the Crimean bridge using a NATO portable nuclear device", "The US backed the coup in Ukraine in 2014", "What is happening in Ukraine is a Western project", "Ukraine is preparing an attack on nuclear facilities in Russia".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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