France shuts down fake ‘Ukraine war recruitment’ website

Ukrainian military
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French authorities have shut down a fake recruitment website that claimed to have sought volunteers to fight in Ukraine, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on March 28.

The site had been created by malicious actors to spread a disinformation campaign, the ministry said.

"A URL for a page called 'Join Ukraine,' which used [French] government website templates, is currently being circulated online; this website is fake," the message reads.

According to news agency AFP, the website “invited” 200,000 French citizens to enlist to fight against Russia in Ukraine, with a special emphasis on recruiting immigrants.

French intelligence services have since blocked the page.

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"The fake website invited potential recruits to contact 'unit commander Pavel' to learn how to enlist," the statement adds.

On Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that sending Western troops to Ukraine in the future should not be ruled out. Several NATO countries publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine in response to Macron's statements, including Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the UK.

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