Disinfo: Italian Journalist Missing in Eastern Ukraine

Summary

The General Prosecutor’s Office of the self proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” reported 11 January that the Italian journalist Roberto Travan, at the moment filming in Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine, was missing. Mr Travan had been accompanied by Ukrainian security officials, and had allegedly complained about not being able to work without limitations. According to the sources, Mr Travan had not been heard from since 23 December.

Disproof

Roberto Travan returned safely to Italy, and at the moment is publishing his photos from Donbass on social networks. Italian newspaper "La Stampa" published his photo report from Eastern Ukraine at 14 of January. Futher debunking by StopFake.org.

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  • Reported in: Issue 133
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Italy, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, LNR, Donbas
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Disproof

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