There is no border between Russia and Ukraine

Summary

There is no border between Russia and Ukraine after the latter pulled out of the treaty with Russia.

Disproof

The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation established the principle of strategic partnership, recognition of the inviolability of existing borders, respect for territorial integrity and mutual obligations not to use their territory to the detriment of each other’s security. The agreement was signed in Kyiv on 31 May 1997 by the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, and the President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin.

In fact, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the military intervention in Donbas violated this agreement both politically and practically.

On 6 September 2018, the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine decided not to extend the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which then expired on 31st March 2019.

The expiry of the Treaty doesn’t affect the documented recognition of the Ukrainian borders by Russia - Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal stressed, since in 2003, Russia and Ukraine signed a separate agreement on the Russian-Ukrainian borders.

In addition, UNGA Resolution 68/262 affirmed the United Nations General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum.

This message is part pf a recurring disinformation narrative referring to the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. For similar cases see here and here.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Russian expansionism
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1 time 50:11 - 50:15
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Ukrainian sailors admitted their intention to provoke Russia in the Black Sea

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Disproof

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

On 25 November 2018 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.

Ukrainian ships entered Russian waters in the Kerch Strait without registration

In November 2018, Russia confiscated three Ukrainian ships, including the crew, 22 marines and two members of the Ukrainian secret service. These ships had entered Russian waters in the Kerch Strait without registration. After ignoring several warnings from the Russian coastguard, the Ukrainian ships were finally seized by Russian border guards and the FSB.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and the Azov Sea.

On 25 November 2018, 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 the agreement considers being the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Kerch incident was a provocation by Poroshenko before Ukrainian elections

The new head of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that the incident in the Kerch Strait was a provocation, staged by Poroshenko in the run-up to the election campaign. That is an impertinence. The Ukrainian side admitted to the provocation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea. No evidence given that the confrontation was a planned provocation and that the new head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed it.

On 25 November 2018, 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 the agreement considers being the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.