During November 21, 2021, two key officials of the aggressor State declared alleged “provocations by Ukraine”. Russian President’ spokesman, Dmitry Peskov praised at a staged “press conference” the “journalist’s” question that warnings of escalating Russian aggression allegedly indicates “the possibility of provocations to be committed by Ukraine”. Peskov added that Ukraine could allegedly commit them “under the guise of the relevant NATO trainings, regarding NATO ships in the Black Sea”.

After that, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Grebenkin said that “recently the risks of Ukrainian special services’ and radical organizations’ provocations in the Crimean direction and on the objects of maritime economic activity and transport crossings in the Azov and Black Seas increased”. Grebenkin also added about the “growth of cross-border crime” and even on the alleged “Ukrainian authorities’ destructive activities regarding the negative information impact on Russian citizens residing in the Crimea”.

In fact, these statements, disseminated by key tools of Russian propaganda, may indicate a high probability of the aggressor’s planning and carrying out Russian provocative actions at Russia-controlled facilities in the Azov and Black Seas and near the front line in the Northern Crimea, with the subsequent accusation Ukraine of such acts in order to justify Russia’s own destructive activities.