Ukraine boats in Kerch Strait were a provocation by Kiev

Summary

The provocation by Kiev in the Kerch Strait led to a lengthy naval chase and culminated in Russian coastguards using force to stop the perpetrators.

The incident occurred in the area that used to be Russian territorial waters, even before its reunification with Crimea in 2014.

Disproof

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat and their crews after opening fire at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. However according to 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.

See recurring disinformation examples about the Azov Sea.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, Provocation
  • Outlet: Russia Today
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European Parliament is elected and paid to represent the interests of the USA

European Parliament does not need to know the interests of the European countries that it represents. It must know that there is USA and everything the USA asks is right, democratic, and beneficial. This is what they are receiving their salary for and this is why they are elected.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are accountable and work in accordance with democratic standards.

UN resolution is yet another act of the West’s anti-Russian campaign

The UN General Assembly resolution regarding the militarisation of the Crimean peninsula is proof of an ongoing campaign against Russia, aimed at finding anti-Russian traces.

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The resolution was adopted under the pressure from the West, it is a continuation of the anti-Russian policy and it is not about the Crimea. If the Crimea did not exist, the West would have come up with something else, directed against Russia.

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By adopting the resolution, a group of the UN member states, mostly from NATO and the EU, encourages Ukrainians to commit new crimes and provocations in the name of Western political ambitions.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring narrative on the West campaigning against Russia.

The General Assembly adopted on 17 December 2018 a resolution urging the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces from Crimea and end its temporary occupation of Ukraine’s territory without delay. 66 countries (including most EU and NATO members, who, however, do not represent the majority of the countries for the resolution) voted in favour to 19 against.