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Russian propaganda about the war in Ukraine will not succeed – EU

27.01.2023, 13:27

Russian propaganda's attempts to promote an alternative reality around Russia's war against Ukraine will not succeed.

This is mentioned in the EU's statement made at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna, Ukrinform reports.

"The Kremlin's propaganda and disinformation campaign will not succeed in spreading an illusory alternative reality. We say it again: it was Russia that unlawfully and unprovokedly attacked Ukraine. It is Ukraine that is defending itself against Russia's war of aggression, in full accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter, contrary to Russia's false claims. It is Ukraine, and not Russia, that has demonstrated a genuine interest in reaching an agreement on a just and lasting peace that would fully comply with international law and the principles and obligations of the OSCE, including those enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act," the statement said.

The statement stresses that the European Union is united as never before and stands in solidarity with Ukraine, which is exercising its inalienable right to self-defense according to international law.

"The EU will continue to provide Ukraine with all necessary political, military, financial, and humanitarian support, and we will do so as long as necessary. The EU welcomes and supports Ukraine's initiative to achieve a just peace. We maintain very close contact with our Ukrainian colleagues, we are fully aware of Ukraine's needs and their urgency, and together with our international partners we are doing everything possible to meet them," the statement says.

At the same time, the EU recalled that this week, the seventh tranche of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of EUR 500 million, as well as on an additional EUR 45 million for the EUMAM Ukraine military training mission, has been agreed upon. This way, the total EU military support received by Ukraine has exceeded EUR 11.5 billion, with EUR 3.6 billion having been delivered within the framework of the European Peace Fund.

As IMI reported, the resolution "Legal aspects and the human rights aspect of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine", which was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on January 26, mentions that Russia's official rhetoric employed to justify the full-scale invasion and aggression against Ukraine bears the hallmarks of public incitement to genocide and may indicate a genocidal intent to exterminate the Ukrainian national group as such, or at least in part.

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