The United Nations has advised its communications staff against using the terms “war” or “invasion” to describe Russia’s attack on Ukraine, according to a report released on Tuesday, raising some questions about whether the international body is intimidated by the Kremlin .
the Irish timesciting a Monday email from the UN’s global communications department, reported that staffers were told to describe the fighting as a “conflict” or “military offensive” — even a target of Russian troops Ukrainian civilians and more than two million People flee to neighboring countries.
The email also included a warning not to add Ukraine’s distinctive blue and yellow flag to official or personal social media accounts, a gesture that has become a global symbol of support for the country since the Russian invasion began on February 24 country has become.
The email, posted to Twitter by Irish Times reporter Naomi O’Leary, described the cautious policy as a way to avoid “reputational risk”.
“This is an important reminder that we, as international civil servants, have a responsibility to be impartial,” the message said. “There is a serious possibility of a reputational risk recently reported by senior officials.”
The email is strikingly similar to Moscow’s latest edict that the war is being described as a “special military operation” and expressed concerns that the UN is going too far not to offend Russia, one of five permanent members of the body’s Security Council.
“Clearly this is not just any war, but an illegal war of aggression which should be condemned from on high by all members of the UN and the UN itself,” said Neale Richmond, MP of Ireland and member of the party’s Fine Gael policy spokesperson for European affairs, the Irish Times said.
“The fact is, just because Russia is a big country that plays an essential role in the UN, they are swaying politics in a direction that is simply wrong,” he added
Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, ordered local media to delete the words “attack,” “invasion,” or “declaration of war” two days after the attack began. Russia’s parliament then passed a new law imposing prison sentences of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $14,000 for spreading “fake” news about the military, causing a number of international news organizations to go dark or ceased their activities in Russia.
A spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres told The Post he was unaware of the email, citing a Monday tweet from Rosemary DiCarlo, the body’s US head of policy and peacebuilding, to indicate that the directive is not generally binding.
“Nearly two weeks later it is painfully clear that those suffering most in #Ukraine following the Russian invasion are civilians – displaced people killed, wounded,” DiCarlo tweeted. “This war is pointless. We stand ready to support any good negotiation efforts to end the bloodshed.”
Guterres himself avoided using the terms “war” or “invasion”. Remarks to the media last week after the UN General Assembly voted to denounce Russia’s attack.
“The message of the General Assembly is loud and clear,” he said at the time. “End hostilities in Ukraine now. Silence the guns now. Now open the door to dialogue and diplomacy.”
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