News about ISIS plans to launch a bloody attack during UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv, provided by foreign media, is an implicit provocation.
British newspaper The Sun was the first to spread information about mass casualty attack during the final, planned by Islamic State terrorists.
Although, such information must be analised in conjunction with some other factors.
For example, it’s quite strange that in the article the way across Turkey is named the main chanel of terrorist transition to Ukraine. Nevertheless, Ukraine have borders with Turkey solely within the Black Sea coast. Ukraine can only be reached by official sea cruises.
The figure of 500 extremist fighters in Kyiv is also plucked out of the air. The Sun noted that the information had been taken from ISIS social media and press-service. But this is only a half-truth.
A high level of terror threat has been announced in Kyiv until the end of Champions League final. To prevent all possible threats during the football game, The Security Service of Ukraine conducts an everyday monitoring of the Internet.
As a result, the posters with terrorists calling their followers to attack footbal fans in Ukrainian capital were found in Twitter. The author „TRACterrorism.org” published these threatening photos with reference to the so-called „Unofficial Islamic State media house” („Al Burhan Media Foundation”). Although, any images or messages of such kind are posted on the Foundation’s official website. It proves that they are fake.
The real purpose of such posters is clear – to intimidate Champions League final visitors. Pretending to be analists in the sphere of monitoring terrorist threats in the world, their tweets are a vivid example of information manipulation.
It’s likely to be an intended provocation by Russian security services aimed at threatening tourists thus trying to hit Ukrainian economy. At the same time, they are trying to „unleash” their hands and increase their powers before the World Cup 2018. For example, pretending to „catch the terrorists”, also on the border with Ukraine, hiding behind the „noble purpose” of protecting football fans.
For this purpose, the Sun posted a commentary by Director of Intelligence for Europe and the Americas at Max Security Solutions in Tel Aviv Oli Wilshire: „Although ISIS likely does not have the capabilities to carry out a mass casualty attack in Kiev, the push from their supporters to threaten high-profile football matches should be taken as an indication of their intentions to target the 2018 World Cup in Russia”.
It`s worth mentioning, that in order to ensure public order during the Champions League Final in Kyiv, about 12,000 law enforcement officers have been transferred to emergency work.