Disinfo: Ukraine’s army preparing sabotage in Crimea


Ukraine is the real threat for the peninsula. A threat that several times tried to materialize: from constant aggressive rhetoric of the Ukrainian president (…) to real attempts of sabotage on the territory of the peninsula.

The provocations come from the Ukrainian side.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine.

According to Stop Fake, these statements came as a response to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's announcement that 39 additional military units were deployed along Ukraine’s border in places considered to be at risk from Russian attack. These units, Poroshenko said, were formed to defend Ukraine’s mainland and not to attack Crimea, as Russian politicians and media claim.



  • Reported in: Issue 123
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Leonid Kalashnikov, War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik Rusdialog.ru RIA FAN RT
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Sevastopol has always been legally part of Russia

Legally Sevastopol has always been part of Russia.

It was a city of central subordination, even when Crimea was transferred – illegally – from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It is illegal because the decision was made by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the RSFSR, Ukraine and then approved by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR, while it should have been approved by the republics’ supreme councils and the USSR Supreme Council. But even during this process, which was essentially illegal, everybody just forgot about Sevastopol, and it was not transferred from the USSR to Ukraine. So technically and legally it has always been part of Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Crimea.

Sevastopol is the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula, which is part of Ukraine. Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014.

Crimea belongs to Russia

Crimea is ours… And why ours? Not because we came and grabbed something… What is democracy? A government of the people. And how is a government of the people validated? Through referendums, elections and so on. People in Crimea turned out for a referendum and voted… to be independent and, as a next step,… to be a part of the Russian Federation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea.

Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.

Russia is being accused without any evidence

We are accused of something, and with a high degree of probability (“highly likely”), as they say; we did this or that, intervened here, did something there. At the same time, no one considers it necessary to provide any evidence.


RIA Novosti states that, for example, Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of trying to influence elections in different countries.

The expression "highly likely" may refer to Theresa May's statement following Skripal poisoning. The Prime Minister of the UK said in March 2018 that it is ‘highly likely’ that Moscow ordered the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal using a type of military-grade nerve agent developed in Russia.