UN staff told to not to use words “war” or “invasion” when describing Russian invasion of Ukraine

The United Nations is once again showing why strongman leaders often don’t respect the United Nations, by urging its staff not to use terms like “war” and “invasion.”

In what appears to be an effort to appease the Russians and a response to their crackdown on individuals within the Motherland who use such wordage, The UN Department of Global Communication was told in an email to use the terms “conflict” and/or “military offensive” when referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A copy of the email was sent to the Irish Times, who reported on the matter.

“In an email to a staff mailing list on Monday with the subject line ‘Ukraine crisis communications guidelines’, the director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre instructed employees not to describe the situation as a war and not to add the Ukrainian flag to personal or official social media accounts or websites,” the Irish Times wrote.

The email -and subsequent reporting by IT- was later denounced as “fake” by the UN’s Twitter team.

Regardless of whether or not the UN’s account is true, Ukrainian officials are not pleased.

“It’s hard to believe that the UN could essentially impose the same kind of censorship that the Kremlin imposes inside Russia now by banning the use of the words ‘war’ and ‘invasion’,” wrote Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. “UN reputation at stake.”

Russia holds one of the five permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

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