Kiev accuses Moscow of disinformation

2024-02-27 20:52:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Kiev accuses Moscow of disinformation

Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday accused Russia of a disinformation campaign aimed at dividing Ukraine's allies and "demoralizing" Ukrainian society.

Russia launched a "plan of provocations" to "reduce Western support" for Kiev, Ukrainian security services said, AFP reports.

"The main goals of the enemy are to hinder Ukraine's mobilization, to spread disinformation about Ukraine's inability to win, to create and spread false information about Ukraine's alleged fatigue among our partners and allies," the statement said.

Ukraine is heavily dependent on advanced weapons and ammunition supplies from Western allies, mainly the United States, to withstand intense attacks by Russian forces, which are launching an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Russia is trying to "demoralize Ukrainians, sow panic among the population" and organize a wave of anti-government protests, Ukrainian officials said.

According to them, that "special operation" which should "reach its peak from March to May" aims to "question the legitimacy" of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, elected in 2019 for a five-year term that, theoretically, should finish in the spring.

Ukraine's constitution bans any elections during the state of emergency, which has been in place in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian occupation in February 2022, when about 20 percent of the country's territory was occupied.

Millions of Ukrainian voters are refugees abroad, but none of them believe that not voting will make Zelensky an illegitimate president, the statement said.

"According to the enemy's plan, during the first half of June, the situation in our country will be destabilized" and Russia "will use this to cause a military defeat to Ukraine", Ukrainian services estimate./ REL

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