UN finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine

UN finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine
People walk among a pro-Russian activists' barricade set outside the regional security service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 10, 2014.

GENEVA - Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under attack to justify Russian involvement, a report by the UN human rights office said on Tuesday.

"Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread," said the report, which follows two visits to the country last month by Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

"Photographs of the Maidan protests, greatly exaggerated stories of harassment of ethnic Russians by Ukrainian nationalist extremists, and misinformed reports of them coming armed to persecute ethnic Russians in Crimea, were systematically used to create a climate of fear and insecurity that reflected on support to integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation."

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