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Ukrainian Soldier Willingly Joined Separatists

Summary of Disinformation

Sergeant Taras Hapliak from Ukraine’s 24th mechanized brigade deserted his post and surrendered himself to Russian militants in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) because of the drunkenness of his colleagues.


Taras Hapiak is a real person and a sergeant in the Ukrainian army. According to the Ukrainian Security Service, in March of 2017 he was captured by LPR militants. Hapiak was freed in a prisoner exchange on December 27, 2017. After his release he related how he was forced to record the video under torture. Further debunking by Stopfake.

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Reported in: Issue 112
Date: 12.05.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: TV Zvezda, Eastern Ukraine, Military, Human rights, War in Ukraine
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Zvezda
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