Martial law in Ukraine ends on the 26th, therefore Russia is predicting a military action by Ukraine through the Kerch Straits, directed by President Poroshenko, for the purpose of extending martial law in Ukraine. THAT is a fairly shallow reason, so it fits into typical Russian conspiracy theories. I’m not saying it will or won’t, but somehow the Russian Embassy in the UK is stating that it’s going to happen with certainty?
Notice how Russia predicts future events and nobody else does? This is Russian propaganda 101. It is incendiary and it also gives Russia plausible deniability after whatever they predict fails to happen.
Russia is calling a possible Naval passage into the Sea of Azov a “provocation”, whereas when it is done elsewhere, it demonstrates “freedom of navigation”.
The Russian Embassy in London is accusing the UK of inciting “provocations” in the Kerch Straits on 24-25 December – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the last days before martial law ends in Ukraine. Russia is accusing the UK because a UK warship, the HMS Echo, a hydrographic survey ship, happens to be in the Black Sea.
Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, said the following on 19 December.
“It would be very logical for NATO ships, which we invite to the ports of the Sea of Azov, to prove that Russia must comply with international law. Our initiative has not received a response yet. However, I hope they will at least send their observers during the next passage of Ukrainian warships through the Kerch Strait.”
“Yuri Hrymchak, a deputy minister in the country’s Government, suggested the British should send the vessel to test the Russian response.” Yuri Hrymchak was the Russian Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons – meaning Ukraine’s Russian occupied territories.
If the UK decides to do so, it is perfectly legal by international law, but Russia wants to create a legal argument negating international law. Once again, Russia is waging Lawfare against established law.
Making this article even a wee bit more unbelievable, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson supposedly somehow connects recent drones at Gatwick airport to a Ukrainian incursion through the Kerch Straits. Apologies to you, my intelligent readers, he made no such connection.
All in all, a complete reading of this article, with actual knowledge of who said what, makes this TASS article chuckleworthy.
Thank to Dr. Igor Panarin for posting this as the Chief of Russian Information Spetsnaz.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation: the British Defense Ministry incites Ukraine to new military provocations
According to the Russian diplomatic mission in London, Kiev is preparing a “military action” on December 24-25 to extend the martial law in the country
OSLO, December 22. / TASS /. British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has been inciting Ukraine to launch new military provocations, supporting the irresponsible steps of the Kiev regime. This is stated in the commentary of the Russian Embassy in London, distributed on Saturday after Williamson’s visit to Odessa on the eve.
Having failed to effectively neutralize drones over Gatwick Airport, it seems Williamson did more important work – inciting Ukraine to new military provocations. The signal in Russia was really accepted: it is that the irresponsible steps taken by the Kiev regime, the British government Conservatives will always provide him with political and military support. That’s how London is trying to “help” to resolve the internal Ukrainian conflict, “the document says.
The embassy also noted that the trip of the head of the British military department looks “especially revealing in the conditions of preparation by the regime of [President of Ukraine Petro] Poroshenko military action on December 24-25 to prolong the martial law he imposed on the eve of the presidential elections in March of the next year.”
Williamson met with his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak in Odessa on Friday, where an Echo multi-purpose hydrographic vessel of the United Navy, which was capable of conducting reconnaissance operations, arrived on Wednesday.
In Ukraine, from November 26, martial law was imposed for 30 days in Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv regions and inland waters of Ukraine in the Azov water area. This regime was initiated by Kiev the day after the incident in the Kerch Strait, when three vessels of the Ukrainian Navy violated the procedure for passing through the territorial waters of the Russian Federation as they sailed from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.
Source for this hilarity: https://tass.ru/politika/5944175