Disinfo: In the nearest future we may expect a provocation in Crimea from NATO


In the nearest future we may expect a provocation in Crimea from NATO. Such steps are necessary to either bring Poroshenko to power or for cancelling the elections.


Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about provocations and presidential election in Ukraine. 

The disinformation message appeared in relation to the statement of the Ukrainian minister of foreign affairs that Ukraine needs to get back its occupied territories - Crimea and Donbas.


  • Reported in: Issue144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Provocation, NATO, Petro Poroshenko, Elections, Crimea


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