Estonia calls on Russia to stop 'provocations, disinformation campaign'

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn. Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Estonia on Friday called on Russia to stop "the provocations and its disinformation campaign" in Ukraine amid rising tensions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote on social media that it was "seeing worrying reports on Russia's attempts to spike up tension in Eastern Ukraine".

"Estonia fully condemns such actions and calls on Russia to stop the provocations and its disinformation campaign," it said, showing solidarity with Ukraine by using the #StandWithUkraine hashtag.

On Friday, leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine announced an evacuation of residents, saying Ukraine had intensified shelling and was planning an attack, the BBC reported.

Ukraine has repeatedly said it is not planning any attack, and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba dismissed what he called "Russian disinformation reports".

The U.S. estimates there are between 169,000-190,000 Russian personnel massed in and near Ukraine. Russia denies it is planning to invade.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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