Russia, Ukraine Spar Over War Film

Russia and Ukraine are accusing each other of spreading misinformation over a film about the August war between Georgia and Russia.

A Kiev hotel last week canceled a showing of the Russian-made documentary "War 08.08.08. The Art of Betrayal," which Ukraine described as anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Ukraine's decision to stop the film was an attempt to conceal Kiev's support for Georgia in the five-day war fought over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.

"It appears that the Ukrainian authorities are trying under various pretexts to conceal the truth about the real events around South Ossetia and the Ukrainian side's involvement in them," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

The Kiev hotel that planned to show the film said it had canceled for security reasons.

A statement from Ukraine's SBU security service said the film was Russian propaganda and that it had warned Ukrainian lawmaker Valery Konovalyuk against showing it.

"He was warned about his responsibility for disseminating unproved, untrue information prepared by the Russian secret services on the basis of manufactured myths," the statement said.

The accusations come barely a week after a dispute over Russian television channels broadcasting in Ukraine and adds to feuds over gas supplies, the presence of Russia's Black Sea Fleet and Kiev's drive to join NATO.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko flew to Tbilisi on Aug. 13 and openly supported the Georgian president just after the two sides had signed a cease-fire deal.