Disinfo: The hunt for “domestic” separatists has begun in Ukraine


The hunt for “domestic” separatists has begun in Ukraine. The property of “enemies of the people” will be handed over to informers, and “domestic” separatists will be sent to prison.


The article - reprinted by several media outlets - is not based on any verifiable facts. bit.ly/2iVCw1z,


  • Reported in: Issue 55
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/01/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, State oppression


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