Disinfo: Ukrainian sailors admitted their intention to provoke Russia in the Black Sea

Summary

Ukrainian sailors had admitted their intention to provoke Russia with the maneuver in the Black Sea. Even the logbook documents state that these ships had secretly entered Russian waters and wanted to pass undercover through the Kerch Strait. It is a deliberate provocation. This is clear from the documents and from the sailors’ statements.

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. On May 25, 2019, the United Nations Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and allow them to return to Ukraine. The EU has urged Russia to release the captured crew. 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, Black Sea, Provocation
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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting civil uprisings as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or being geopolitically engineered, also seen in cases about Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela. The disinformation message is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia, Western attempts to sever relations between Russia and Georgia, and protests as a part of hybrid war against Russia. The current protests in Georgia were a spontaneous public reaction calling for the resignation of key national officials after Russian State Duma Deputy, Sergei Gavrilov, sat in the Georgian parliamentary speaker's seat while addressing a council of lawmakers from predominantly Orthodox Christian countries - the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO). Gavrilov is known for his support to Russia's aggression in Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. Russia continues its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union.

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. 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.