Disinfo: The Ukrainian army is shelling residential areas in Donbas

Summary

At 5 a.m. on 28 May 2019, the Ukrainian Armed Forces again opened massive fire in Donbas using heavy weapons, shelling residential areas.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine that makes false claims about Ukraine's aggression.

On 28 May 2019, the Special Monitoring Mission recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations in the Donetsk region (about 100 explosions) and more in the Luhansk region (about 80 explosions), as compared with the previous day. The Mission recorded ceasefire violations inside the Zolote and Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement areas. Specifically, it did not record any "massive shelling" from the Ukrainian side.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, DNR, Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas
  • Outlet: 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (01:49-01:59)
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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