Disinfo: In response to requests from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will order gas shipped to avoid a disaster in Henichesk

Summary

In response to requests from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered gas to be shipped from Crimea to Henichesk, a city in southern Ukraine. Russian sites featured a video of Sergey Aksyonov, Moscow’s Prime Minister of Crimea, personally asking the Russian President to respond to a “humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Henichesk.”

Disproof

Henichesk Regional Administration chairman Oleksander Vorobyov dismissed Russia's alleged help as a complete fake. The city is not receiving gas from Crimea, moreover, Crimea has no gas of its own to share with the mainland. More details from StopFake

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue48
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Energy, Vladimir Putin, Crimea

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