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    Phantom Menace: Kiev Accuses British Journalists of Waging Hybrid War

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    Ukrainian government officials have accused British journalists of waging a ‘hybrid war’ against Kiev.

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed that recent reports of Kiev's alleged plans to deploy troops to Syria are false, according to the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper.

    "This is fake. We cooperate with our partners in order to resolve the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, but deploying troops in the region – for example, in Iraq or in Syria – is out of the question," the ministry’s special envoy Dmytro Kuleba said.

    The outburst was prompted by an article recently published in the Independent which claimed that Ukraine has come up with plans for a potential military contribution to the ongoing campaign against Daesh in Syria. According to the newspaper, these plans were developed at the behest of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and they specifically highlight the possibility of Ukrainian troops clashing with Russian forces in Syria.

    Ukrainian Presidential Administration spokesman Andriy Lysenko also accused the British journalists of waging a ‘hybrid war’ against Ukraine.

    "The reports about the possibility of Ukrainian troops being deployed against Daesh in Syria are misinformation, another element of the hybrid war that is being waged against our country," he said.

    Russia’s relations with Ukraine deteriorated greatly amid the crisis in the country’s southeast, with Kiev repeatedly accusing Moscow of meddling in its internal affairs.
    Moscow repeatedly denied such allegations, and has urged for a peaceful settlement of the armed conflict in Ukraine.

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