Disinfo: The West wanted to paint the Azov Sea with Ukrainian blood


The West hoped to paint the Azov Sea with the blood of Ukrainian citizens. The independence of Ukraine has been sold long time ago to Washington. US pushed Ukraine to organize the Kerch provocation.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian statehood and Azov Sea.

For background:

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.

For further reporting see the Bellingcat, DFRLab and Polygraph.


  • Reported in: Issue 128
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, West, Ukrainian statehood
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Disinfo: Bundestag delegation to visit Crimea

A delegation from the German Parliament will visit Crimea next year.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about "official delegations" allegedly visiting Crimea. The German politician mentioned by RIA Novosti as a source is not a member of Bundestag, but the chairman of the Left faction in the Quakenbruck council, in Germany. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law. Germany's position regarding Crimea is very clear "Ukraine’s territorial integrity is not negotiable", as stated by the Chancellor Angela Merkel. Further debunking by The Insider.

Disinfo: Children in Mariupol forced to dig trenches

Children in Mariupol have been forced to dig trenches for soldiers. // A pastor maniac is forcing children to dig trenches in Mariupol.


In fact, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, chaplain and founder of the Charity Fund "Pilgrim" organized an activity outdoor to support the Ukrainian military at the front lines along the Azov Sea. According to Mokhnenko, they cleaned up several trenches, dugouts, pulled out weeds on "a territory that was safe for children". "The children took this decision themselves in order to support the military", emphasised Mokhnenko. Gennadiy Mokhnenko is not facing any criminal charges. Further debunking (with video) by Stop Fake. This is a recurring narrative about Ukraine.

Disinfo: Poroshenko and the US planned the Kerch strait confrontation

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the US planned the Kerch strait confrontation. The US probably approved Poroshenko’s plan in order to use the incident against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Azov Sea. and Nord Stream 2. There is no connection between the Kerch strait clash and Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

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