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The Russian Army is not involved in the war in Ukraine

Summary of Disinformation

There is no Russian army on the territory of Donbas but military-police formations have been created, ready to repulse an offensive against Donbas.

Disproof

One of the most repeated examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation. But the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming, much of it coming, inadvertently or deliberately, from Russian troops themselves. Further details, for example, are in the following reports: http://bit.ly/1i9fChX, http://bit.ly/1JUXaQB, http://bit.ly/1RbWQU5, http://bit.ly/1L6f6J6, http://bit.ly/1GpWmnW.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has concluded that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

President Putin himself admitted to the presence of Russian “people there, who deal with certain matters, including in the military area” [aka soldiers] in December 2015 http://bit.ly/1kC94ch and again in October 2016 http://bit.ly/2enbpt2. He even awarded  medals to Russian soldiers who fought in Donbass http://bit.ly/2dsPbWN. And Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoygu awarded a medal to a Russian soldier for fighting near Debaltseve http://bit.ly/2eNYKka.  Furthermore, evidence of Russian soldiers and Russian commandment in Donbass can be found here: http://bit.ly/2e6RE77.

Further debunking at Polygraph.info https://www.polygraph.info/a/newsc-putin-ukraine-election-media/28918925.html.

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Reported in: Issue 92
Date: 14.12.2017
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: Russia, Ukraine
Reported by: Polygraph.info
Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine
Disinforming outlet: Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual news conference
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