Disinfo: Washington incited Poroshenko to launch a sea provocation to thwart the Putin-Trump-meeting

Summary

It’s clear that Washington incited Poroshenko to launch this “sea provocation” against Russia in order to “thwart the Putin -Trump meeting” at the end of November on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. /// The Western masters of Kyiv are behind the provocation [incident in the Azov sea]. Ukraine is a country that has lost its sovereignty and is managed from outside, is an instrument to aggravate international tensions.

Disproof

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

On November 25 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.

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.

Further debunking by the Polygraph.

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  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: G20, Provocation, Donald Trump, Azov Battalion, Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin
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Disproof

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine's relations with its western partners. The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens. The EU is unwavering in its support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty and sees the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for a sustainable, political solution to the conflict in the east of the country. Ukraine's economy has continued the recovery started in 2016, following the recession of 2014-2015. GDP grew by 2.5% in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5% in 2018. Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating public finances, notably by reducing the fiscal deficit from 4.5% GDP in 2014 to 1.4% in 2017. Inflation has decreased substantially since 2015, down to 13.7% in 2017 and 8.9% by July 2018. According to the World Bank's Doing Business survey, Ukraine ranks 76th in 2018, which is an improvement from 80th in 2017, and 142nd in 2010, the EU’s Association Implementation Report says. https://cdn3-eeas.fpfis.tech.ec.europa.eu/cdn/farfuture/aZnrbQ70ZJtiXaRXV69qTtPI-d-gbCzZxpirQUpU6EY/mtime:1541749617/sites/eeas/files/2018_association_implementation_report_on_ukraine.pdf The report notes the slower pace of reforms in the areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures.

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Disproof

No evidence given. A combination of recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about staged chemical attacks, Western military support for Ukraine, and UK conspiracies to blame Russia, as in Skripal case. For similar case from 2016 see here. Further debunk by Medium.