KYIV – Hidden from public view because it was issued solely in the Ukrainian language was a message from the Culture and Foreign ministries for foreign and local journalists to not write articles that fall in line with Moscow’s narratives.
Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko and Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the ongoing war in the country’s two easternmost regions of Donetsk and Luhansk is “an international armed conflict” in its ninth year that began with Russia’s “occupation” of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Most Western media outlets still report that the war in the Donbas, which comprises Ukraine’s two most eastern oblasts, write that it is a separatist war fueled by Moscow. In Kyiv’s view, the collaborators are fighting beside Russians who lead, train and equip them.
Numerous statements by the United Nations have called the war an “interstate” conflict, and the United States’ mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says the same.
“This position is held not only by Ukraine, but also by the international community. In numerous statements, the Group of Seven [industrialized countries], the EU and NATO leadership, and the individual countries of the Euro-Atlantic area emphasize that Russia is a party to the conflict, not a mediator,” reads a joint statement by the ministers.
The ministers further said that is why Kyiv refuses to negotiate directly with the Moscow-installed puppet administrations in the occupied parts of Luhansk and Donetsk.
The puppet regimes “have no subject matter, either in the negotiation process or in decision-making” in finding a peaceful solution to Europe’s only bloody war that has killed 14,000 people and internally displaced more than a million more.
“We ask Ukrainian and foreign journalists not to create pseudo-subjectivity in the information space for those who do not have this subjectivity in the real world. The temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are under the full control of the occupying state, the Russian Federation,” said the statement.
The online message was written in Ukrainian and not in any other language, including English.
The statement also urged foreign journalists to abide by Ukrainian law by not entering occupied territories through Russia without notifying Ukrainian authorities.