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Poroshenko is preparing new provocation in the Kerch Strait in order to destroy his political enemies

Summary of Disinformation

Ukraine is preparing another provocation in the Kerch Strait. Such a provocation would help initiate new sanctions against Russia and increase Poroshenko’s ratings ahead of the election. The provocation would help make an unpopular candidate popular. Poroshenko will impose martial law, postpone elections, and start looking for “Moscow agents” to destroy his political competitors.


Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.Ukrainian ships, sailing through Ukrainian waters cannot be viewed as a "provocation". The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Azov Sea and presidential elections in Ukraine.

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Reported in: Issue 138
Date: 22.02.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, Provocation, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 (10:46 -13:20)
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