Disinfo: Bundestag delegation to visit Crimea

Summary

A delegation from the German Parliament will visit Crimea next year.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about "official delegations" allegedly visiting Crimea. The German politician mentioned by RIA Novosti as a source is not a member of Bundestag, but the chairman of the Left faction in the Quakenbruck council, in Germany. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law. Germany's position regarding Crimea is very clear "Ukraine’s territorial integrity is not negotiable", as stated by the Chancellor Angela Merkel. Further debunking by The Insider.

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  • Reported in: Issue 128
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
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Disinfo: Ukrainian vessels violated Russian territorial waters

“Russia has confirmed its vessels have used weapons to stop Ukrainian ships that had entered Russian waters in the Black Sea illegally.” “The three Ukrainian vessels – the ‘Berdiansk’, the ‘Nikopol’ and the ‘Yany Kapu’ – were ignoring “legal demands to stop” and “performing dangerous maneuvers,” and the Russian warships had to open fire to force them to stop, the FSB says. The ships were then seized and towed to the Crimean port of Kerch.”

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Disinfo: Ukraine is massively shelling residential areas in Donbas

Ukrainian forces have begun “massive” shelling of residential areas in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on war in Ukraine with repeated false claims about Ukraine's aggression. The report is based on an unsubstantiated claim made by a RIA Novosti correspondent. The same report cites a news item published by the separatist Donetsk News Agency (DAN) that quotes separatist military spokesperson Ruslan Yakubov as saying that the situation is quiet and that no shelling is taking place. The DAN news item makes no mention of any recent shelling by Ukrainian forces. Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian Service also debunked RIA's claim.