German soldiers forward deployed to Lithuania have become the targets of a hostile Russian information operations campaign, according to NATO officials.

On Thursday, it was reported that rape allegations made against German soldiers via email made it all the way to the president of the Lithuanian parliament and to various news agencies in the country.

After an initial investigation was conducted by local police, it was concluded that the charges that German soldiers had raped an underage Lithuanian girl were unfounded, as no evidence of such an event could be found.

Both German and Lithuanian government officials have released statements discrediting the event, saying there is no victim, witnesses, or perpetrators for this crime.