East StratCom disinformation claim:

The Luhansk Peoples republic is an independent state.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 18. January 2017

Debunk claim:

Eastern Ukraine is part of Ukraine. The international community does not recognise the so-called “presidential and parliamentary elections” held in Donetsk and Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ on 2 November 2014. These were held contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Protocol, signed within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group, and obstructing efforts to find a sustainable political solution to the crisis.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depoua, blogger, researcher in Disinformation Review issue 55. The item is located at row number 21 in the report.

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