Ukraine’s cyber police seek criminals who posted fake video threatening Dutch people

The perpetrators posed themselves as fighters of Azov, the volunteer regiment of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry
14:25, 19 January 2016

The cyber police of Ukraine examine all details concerning the upload of the video where masked gunmen threaten Dutch citizens. Artem Shevchenko, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, said this in a commentary to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“It’s urgent that we react instantly. The video hasn’t yet gained popularity across the Web, though many provocateurs communicate in English. They make up such things on purpose. They burned the Dutch flag to outrage the information society and the audience in the Netherlands. So, we ask the media that broadcast in English to use their opportunities to refute this message. The cyber police is now examining all details of the upload of the video”, Shevchenko said.  

January 18, a video emerged in Youtube where masked gunmen who posed themselves as soldiers of Azov (the volunteer regiment of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry) threatened the Dutch. They promised to commit terrorist acts in the Netherlands in case the Dutch government doesn’t ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The disguised men burned the state flag of the Netherlands. They didn’t conceal the fact the video was uploaded in the view of the forthcoming referendum in the Netherlands.

As is known, during the referendum slated for April 2016, the Dutch citizens are expected to support or refute the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the government.  

Azov regiment reacted to the release of the video, saying it was a fake. They added that the video was uploaded at a fresh Youtube account, and many fails (such as absence of the regiment’s insignia, non-relevant uniform and boots, as well as airsoft guns they held in their hands) point out that it simply couldn’t be Azov fighters.

Related: Ukraine will mobilize its supporters for referendum in the Netherlands

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