Disinfo: British will be present in the Black Sea to arrange a zone of tension for Russia

Summary

The so-called Ukrainian military fleet, which is scrap metal, suddenly conducts joint exercises with Great Britain. This means that the Ukrainian fleet is used as a cover factor, because it is impossible to practice any effective military actions with it due to the lack of necessary ships and systems, management, etc. Therefore, the British, hiding behind Ukraine, will be present in the Black Sea, on the one hand, to arrange a zone of tension for Russia, and on the other, in pursuit of goals that will never be actually announced. Ukraine “was made anti-Russian” in order to use it in such cases.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and NATO  allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia. Russia considers any military exercises in Europe as provocative and dangerous. Every nation has the right to conduct exercises, but it is important that they are conducted transparently and in line with international obligations. NATO conducts dozens of military exercises in different countries and they are not directed against Russia.

The UK will lead a multinational Maritime Training Initiative for the Ukrainian Navy, boosting their ability to combat threats in the Black Sea. As Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed: "Maritime Training Initiative will enable even closer collaboration with the NATO Alliance and Armed Forces around the world, and allows us to build on Ukraine’s new NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner status."

Ukraine lost much of its Navy capability during Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Ukraine has since continued to face a rising number of threats in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. In response, Ukraine has been rebuilding its Navy to protect its economic interests and its right to freedom of navigation. The Maritime Training Initiative will boost that effort, enabling them to uphold the rules based international order and European security in the region on which the UK’s own security depends.

The new initiative will follow the resumption of Operation Orbital, the UK’s training mission to Ukraine. Since the training mission began in 2015, British troops have trained over 18,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). Their efforts have made a real difference and saved lives as Ukraine faces down Russian aggression and threats to its sovereignty. Last year the Defence Secretary extended Operation Orbital until 2023.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Military, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Military exercise

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