Misinformation and incitement to hatred must be addressed in UkraineListen /
A UN report on human rights in Ukraine says misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred must be urgently addressed in order to de-escalate tensions in the country.
Based on two missions by the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) in March, it says the tension in Eastern Ukraine, where a large ethnic minority lives, is particularly tense.
The delegation also received reports of vote rigging in the Crimean referendum last month in which more than 98% of Crimeans opted to join the Russian Federation.
It heard allegations of non-Ukrainian citizens voting, and of individuals voting numerous times in different locations.
The presence of paramilitary and so called self-defence forces widely believed to be from the Russian Federation, it noted, was not conducive to voters freely exercising their democratic rights.
The report also said the introduction of Russian citizenship in Crimea was deeply concerning as it made it difficult for those who opt to keep their Ukrainian citizenship to stay in Crimea.
Claire Doole, United Nations Geneva.