Dzhaparova: Hybrid Warfare, with Active Use of Special Information Operations, Ongoing in Crimea
On 22 May 2018, Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, and Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Crimean Tatar people, met with Ambassador Michael Kozak, the Head of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State, and Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
The Ukrainian side informed the American colleagues of the flagrant human rights violations in Russia-occupied Crimea, where hybrid warfare with the active use of special information operations, is ongoing.
“Russian propaganda makes a point of absence of military action in Crimea in order to reconcile the international community with status quo. When there is a need for the Kremlin to show its fight with nationalists, fascists, extremists, terrorists, the so-called ‘law enforcement’ will surely find them in the occupied peninsula,” Ms Dzhaparova noted.
She gave an example of Oleksandr Steshenko from Kharkiv, who had been abducted on the administrative border a month ago and tortured by the FSB (the Russian security service) into testifying about an alleged plotting of a terrorist act under the order of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
“A wittingly distorted picture, which attains a number of objectives: instilling fear in which residents of Crimea has been living for four years in a row; exposing ‘extremism and terrorism’ and the ‘effective’ work of law enforcement in countering the external ‘enemy’; and drawing attention of the population from domestic problems,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy stressed.
Ms Dzhaparova also added that in doing so, the occupants also shift the spotlight from repressions against Crimean Tatar activists, including recent arrests of Server Mustafaiev and Edem Smailov.
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