Crisis in Ukraine: the European Union warns against “manipulation” of information


The EU member states and the United States are convinced that Moscow is looking for a pretext to attack Ukraine, using violent incidents on the ground and the dissemination of false information by allied agencies.

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Brussels warns against attempts at misinformation in the crisis in Ukraine. The European Union expressed concern, on Saturday February 20, about an intensification of efforts to manipulate information, intended to serve as fabricated pretexts to justify a military escalation in Ukraine.

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“The European Union is extremely concerned that staged events could be used as a pretext for a possible military escalation”said the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in a press release. “She observes an intensification of information manipulation efforts to support such goals”he added.

The warning comes as Russian state media published unverifiable stories about violence in eastern Ukraine, a region held in part by pro-Russian separatist rebels. Russian media accuse Kiev of planning an assault on the rebel enclave in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“The EU sees no basis in the allegations coming from the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Lugansk about a possible Ukrainian attack”added Josep Borrell.

The head of European diplomacy defended the “key role” played by observers deployed by theOrganization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine, to check what is happening on the ground. It also “welcomed Ukraine’s attitude of moderation in the face of continuous provocations and destabilization efforts”.

The EU member states and the United States are convinced that Moscow is looking for a pretext to attack Ukraine, using violent incidents on the ground and the dissemination of false information by allied agencies.



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