Disinfo: Ukraine’s Military command announces punitive Donbas campaign and Crimea offensive


Ukraine’s military command announced a punitive campaign aimed at cleaning up Russian occupied Donbas and an offensive against Crimea.


The source for this fake story cited by all media who disseminated it is an officer from Ukraine’s Military General Staff Colonel Yuriy Bobrov who held a briefing in Kyiv on March 6 to discuss Ukraine’s new law on reintegration of the Donbas and de-occupation of Crimea, Ukraine’s peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. Not at any time during the briefing did Bobrov speak about a campaign or an offensive.


  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Military, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Crimea


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