Disinfo: NATO curators control the remnants of the Ukrainian “fleet” and naval saboteurs

Summary

NATO curators control the remnants of the Ukrainian “fleet” and naval saboteurs. Ukraine’s army is prepared and used by the forces of the NATO military bloc.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine, the aggressive West, NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence. This is consistent with the narratives challenging Ukrainian statehood and painting the US and NATO as the puppet-masters of Ukrainian politics.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither the US nor NATO controls Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. Despite NATO having refuted such claims many times, pro-Kremlin propaganda systematically states that NATO planned to create military bases on the territory of Ukraine: in Crimea, Donbas, the Sea of Azov. 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 are considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine. A treaty stipulates that agreement from each of the two littoral countries is required for warships from any other country to enter the internal sea.

It is worth recalling, that on November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24 members. As NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated: "Russia is attempting to use Crimea to expand its influence. And control the Sea of Azov."

Read other similar cases in the database: "Zelenskyy militarises Ukraine in the interests of Western countries", "New naval bases, if they appear, will serve the interests not so much of Ukraine itself as of NATO".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: European army, West, War in Ukraine, NATO, The West, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

This is one of the multiple conspiracy theories around the Skripals poisoning which implicates the now-defunct UK-based private company SCL Group.

The poisoning of the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has been confirmed in 2009 by The Lancet. According to this research, TTCD dioxin levels in Yushchenko`s blood were more than 50,000 times higher than normal. Also, the same research claims: “The dioxin used to poison Yushchenko could have been produced in numerous laboratories because it was a purified version that has no natural source”. There is no evidence to connect the poisoning to SCL Group, even though it is true that the Group has claimed to had helped the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004.

Facebook and Twitter are controlled from a centre in the US

The centre which controls powerful social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, allowing them to manipulate public opinion, is located on the other side of the ocean.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that the social networks (primarily Facebook and Twitter) are controlled from one centre on the other side of the ocean, in this case, in the USA. It is often claimed that the US uses social networks against Russia.

There is no evidence confirming that both Facebook and Twitter are controlled from one common centre. Facebook and Twitter are two separate independent organisations. Facebook was founded by a group of students from Harvard University in 2004, while Twitter was created in 2006 by former Google employees.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory presented by Sputnik Azerbaijan and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the relationship between Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Germany. There are no grounds to connect Germany with controlling Alexei Navalny. Alexei Navalny is the leader of Russia of the Future party and critic of the incumbent government of Russia. He is also founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation. He fell ill during a flight on 20 August and at the request of his family, was transferred to Berlin to receive treatment.

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