A GUIDEBOOK «ABC... TERMINOLOGY OF ARMED CONFLICT» WAS DEVELOPED ON THE INITIATIVE OF MTOT FOR MASS MEDIA, POLITICIANS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF AUTHORITIES

08.07.2019 | 22:17


Today, on 8 July 2019, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as «MTOT») held a presentation of «ABC... Terminology of Armed Conflict (Guidebook for Ukraine)» developed and published by a group of authors* on the initiative of the Ministry

The need to develop a guidebook resulted from the fact that the information field and media space in Ukraine is oversaturated with various, sometimes diametrically opposed concepts, thoughts and assessments. Discussions about certain terms are ongoing. This makes it difficult to understand the situation - both inside the country and abroad and also creates favorable conditions for enemy information influences.

Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine:

«MTOT decided to initiate the development of a guidebook to assist in the work of as journalists, non-governmental actors, so government officials and politicians.

Ukraine appreciates European values, so the authors of the guidebook catered to international humanitarian law based on respect for human rights.

The guidebook contains explanations of the definitions of international humanitarian law, but also includes new terminology on armed conflict and Russian military aggression. It is important to note that the terminology outlined in the guidebook is based on the Ukrainian legislation adopted after 2014 and International Humanitarian Law»

The presentation of the guidebook and further discussion was attended by representatives of the leading Ukrainian mass media, who expressed their gratitude to MTOT and the authors of the guidebook and, despite the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine has been going on since 2014, noted its relevance and necessity. Also, participants of the discussion expressed a desire to organize an information campaign and an educational process to popularize the guidebook not only for the mass media who give coverage to the conflict, but also for politicians and representatives of all branches of government.

Furthermore, the participants noted that there have already been several attempts to define the terminology of the armed conflict in Ukraine; however, the presented guidebook is the first substantive work, based on the legislation of Ukraine and the documents of International Humanitarian Law.

In concluding the meeting, Vadym Chernysh expressed the hope that the guidebook will help everyone who somehow works with information, communicates with society, and help to understand the complex terminology of armed conflict.

«The better we understand what is happening and why - the faster we will move towards resolving the conflict and returning sustainable peace, and we will be able to simply and correctly explain this to society,» emphasized Minister Vadym Chernysh.

The guidebook can be downloaded at the following LINK.

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*The guidebook was developed by a group of authors:

- Diana Dutsyk, member of the Scientific and Advisory Council at the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute;

- Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Viktoriia Voronina, Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Norbert Ruetsche, Advisor to Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Ihor Moroz, Advisor to Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on international humanitarian law;

- Iryna Kalupakha, Head of the Department of Internally Displaced Persons and Humanitarian Cooperation of MTOT

- Olesia Paperniak, Department of Legal Support of MTOT.

The reviewers were Olha Zakharova, an independent media expert, a member of the expert council of the Ukrainian Television Academy, and Natalia Sorokina, Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine.



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A GUIDEBOOK «ABC... TERMINOLOGY OF ARMED CONFLICT» WAS DEVELOPED ON THE INITIATIVE OF MTOT FOR MASS MEDIA, POLITICIANS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF AUTHORITIES

08.07.2019 | 22:17


Today, on 8 July 2019, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as «MTOT») held a presentation of «ABC... Terminology of Armed Conflict (Guidebook for Ukraine)» developed and published by a group of authors* on the initiative of the Ministry

The need to develop a guidebook resulted from the fact that the information field and media space in Ukraine is oversaturated with various, sometimes diametrically opposed concepts, thoughts and assessments. Discussions about certain terms are ongoing. This makes it difficult to understand the situation - both inside the country and abroad and also creates favorable conditions for enemy information influences.

Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine:

«MTOT decided to initiate the development of a guidebook to assist in the work of as journalists, non-governmental actors, so government officials and politicians.

Ukraine appreciates European values, so the authors of the guidebook catered to international humanitarian law based on respect for human rights.

The guidebook contains explanations of the definitions of international humanitarian law, but also includes new terminology on armed conflict and Russian military aggression. It is important to note that the terminology outlined in the guidebook is based on the Ukrainian legislation adopted after 2014 and International Humanitarian Law»

The presentation of the guidebook and further discussion was attended by representatives of the leading Ukrainian mass media, who expressed their gratitude to MTOT and the authors of the guidebook and, despite the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine has been going on since 2014, noted its relevance and necessity. Also, participants of the discussion expressed a desire to organize an information campaign and an educational process to popularize the guidebook not only for the mass media who give coverage to the conflict, but also for politicians and representatives of all branches of government.

Furthermore, the participants noted that there have already been several attempts to define the terminology of the armed conflict in Ukraine; however, the presented guidebook is the first substantive work, based on the legislation of Ukraine and the documents of International Humanitarian Law.

In concluding the meeting, Vadym Chernysh expressed the hope that the guidebook will help everyone who somehow works with information, communicates with society, and help to understand the complex terminology of armed conflict.

«The better we understand what is happening and why - the faster we will move towards resolving the conflict and returning sustainable peace, and we will be able to simply and correctly explain this to society,» emphasized Minister Vadym Chernysh.

The guidebook can be downloaded at the following LINK.

_________________

*The guidebook was developed by a group of authors:

- Diana Dutsyk, member of the Scientific and Advisory Council at the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute;

- Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Viktoriia Voronina, Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Norbert Ruetsche, Advisor to Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine;

- Ihor Moroz, Advisor to Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on international humanitarian law;

- Iryna Kalupakha, Head of the Department of Internally Displaced Persons and Humanitarian Cooperation of MTOT

- Olesia Paperniak, Department of Legal Support of MTOT.

The reviewers were Olha Zakharova, an independent media expert, a member of the expert council of the Ukrainian Television Academy, and Natalia Sorokina, Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine.