Ukraine is massively shelling residential areas in Donbas

Summary

Ukrainian forces have begun “massive” shelling of residential areas in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on war in Ukraine with repeated false claims about Ukraine's aggression.

The report is based on an unsubstantiated claim made by a RIA Novosti correspondent.

The same report cites a news item published by the separatist Donetsk News Agency (DAN) that quotes separatist military spokesperson Ruslan Yakubov as saying that the situation is quiet and that no shelling is taking place. The DAN news item makes no mention of any recent shelling by Ukrainian forces.

Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian Service also debunked RIA's claim.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donetsk, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Ria Novosti
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