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West allowed Kyiv to seize Russian warships

Summary of Disinformation

The West allowed Kyiv to seize Russian warships.

Ukraine used its boats for political provocation, as part of a special operation for cancelling the elections.

Disproof

No evidence given. Read more on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine's elections and Azov Sea.

The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution scheduling the presidential elections for 31 March 2019.

For background:

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.

For further reporting see the BellingcatDFRLab and Polygraph.

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Reported in: Issue 128
Date: 02.12.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine
Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, EU, Provocation, Elections, The West
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Svobodnaya Pressa
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