Said Ismagilov, Mufti of UMMA or Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine, criticized Russia for spreading fake news about Ukrainian soldiers desecrating the Koran. Photo/Ukrayinska Pravda
KIEV – Ukraine accuses Russia of making propaganda videos showing Ukrainian soldiers desecrating the Koran in an attempt to discredit Kiev.
On Thursday (16/3/2023), a video began circulating on social media showing what appeared to be Ukrainian soldiers slicing pork over a captured Russian fighter’s copy of the Koran.
The soldiers were also later seen tearing and burning the pages of the holy book.
In response to the video, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko criticized Russia for making “fake videos” and said the country should be condemned for insulting Islam.
“Fake video alert! Russia made a clip with an unidentified person claiming to be a Ukrainian soldier cutting pork in the Koran and burning its pages. They spoke broken Ukrainian and used a Russian soldier’s knife. Russia should be condemned for insulting Islam in an attempt to discredit Ukraine,” Nikolenko said in a Twitter post.
Said Ismagilov, Mufti of UMMA or Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine, also criticized Russia for spreading fake news about Ukrainian soldiers desecrating the Koran.
He argued that, unlike the Russian army, the Ukrainian military respects “every soldier’s spiritual choice”.
“They aim to provoke anger among the Muslim world in Ukraine with the actions of the alleged Ukrainian army. But like other propaganda news, this video has no clue,” said Ismagilov, as translated by Ukrainska Pravda.
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