EU’s commissioner: moscow spread false claims for at least a year before Ukraine’s ship seizures

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The EU’s security commissioner Julian King said russia had paved the way for its decision to fire on and board two artillery ships and a tug boat through the dissemination of fake news, The Guardian reports.

The false claims, said to have been spread for “more than a year”, included that Ukraine had infected the sea with cholera and that its secret services had been trying to transport a nuclear bomb to occupied Crimea.

According to him, the European commission’s East StratCom unit, responsible for highlighting disinformation, had discovered a complicated web of untruths emanating from russian sources.

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