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Kerch confrontation was part of Poroshenko's election campaign to receive more anti-Russian sanctions from the West

Summary of Disinformation

In November 2018, Petro Poroshenko, who was clearly on the election campaign trail, tried to create a scandal to appeal again to the West and show how Russia is treating him and that new sanctions are needed.

The [Ukrainian] warships secretly tried to sneak through the Kerch Strait by entering [Russian] territorial waters, the part that was Russia’s territorial waters before the referendum in Crimea.

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.

The construction of the Kerch 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 strait. The European Union stated that it expects Russia to stop the inspections.

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Reported in: Issue 147
Date: 22.04.2019
Language: Germany
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, The West, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT Deutsch
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