Disinfo: Ukraine is going to restore passenger links with Crimea


The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krikliy said in an interview with Radio Liberty that Kyiv decided to restore passenger transport links with the Crimea.


A deliberate misinterpretation of a statement by a Ukrainian official, recurrent with a popular pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the "international recognition of the Russian status" of the occupied Ukrainian peninsula. 

In an interview for Radio Liberty, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krikliy answered the question whether there will be legal passenger transportation to and from the administrative border with Crimea, as well as a bus station near the control point. The resumption of passenger transport links with Crimea was not discussed.

Later, Minister Krikliy moved to correct the false news, saying that “Ukrainian carriers will carry passengers through Ukraine, exclusively in Ukraine. It’s not about the resumption of any transport links to and from the occupied Crimea.”


  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Crimea
  • Outlet: Mk.ru, ria.ru
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