Ukraine embassy slams Sky News for claiming Ukraine "route to Europe for Russian IS fighters"

23:50, 30 August 2017
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After Sky News published an article by its Moscow-based correspondent referring to some obscure “observers, community activists and analysts” who claim that Ukraine is a “hub” for ex-jihadists, the Ukrainian Embassy responded with harsh criticism over the piece.

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“The author even went as far as complementing the article with a catchy yet dubious title which blames Ukraine for allegedly becoming a terror route to the European Union for Russian IS fighters,” the embassy wrote, adding that the diplomats could have easily overlooked the allegation had it been published in a tabloid.

“However, the renowned Sky News would have been expected to base its finger-pointing on more solid support than testimony by just one journalistic source, no matter how good it might be,” the embassy wrote.

Read alsoFake "Islamic Battalion" arrives in Mariupol“So, what is Ukraine being blamed for? That there could be ex-jihadists in the territory of Ukraine? Many European countries, including the United Kingdom, have unfortunately been struggling to fight radicals on their own home ground. Does this mean that each European country qualifies as a “hub” for terror routes? Of course, not. Facts matter. Facts which are based on reliable, cross-referenced information,” reads the statement.

It is noteworthy that NYT recently ran an article falsely claiming that Ukraine had transferred rocket engines to North Korea. The article was similarly based on a comment from just one expert, who actually later denied the allegations.

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