East StratCom disinformation claim:

There are no Russian troops in Donbass; but if there were, Ukrainians would welcome them with flowers, as liberators of the country.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 17. March 2016

Debunk claim:

Repeating an already debunked myth. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine (http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/hiding-in-plain-sight-putin-s-war-in-ukraine-and-boris-nemtsov-s-putin-war).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 20. The item is located at row number 31 in the report.

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