East StratCom disinformation claim:

There are no Russian troops in Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 31. October 2016

Debunk claim:

The evidence to the contrary is overwhelming, much of it coming, inadvertently or deliberately, from Russian troops themselves. Further details, for example, are in the following reports: https://informnapalm.org/12180-rossijskie-vojska-ukraine/, http://www.martenscentre.eu/publications/caught-act-proof-russian-military-intervention-ukraine, http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/24445-hiding-in-plain-sight-putin-s-war-in-ukraine-and-boris-nemtsov-s-putin-war, https://euobserver.com/foreign/127667, https://news.vice.com/video/selfie-soldiers-russia-checks-in-to-ukraine. // President Putin himself admitted to the presence of Russian “people there, who deal with certain matters, including in the military area” [aka soldiers] in December 2015 http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50971 and again in October 2016 http://www.interpretermag.com/day-968/. He even awarded Russian soldiers who fought in Donbass http://novosti.dn.ua/news/257915-putyn-nagradyl-rossyyskykh-voennykh-voevavshykh-na-donbasse-medalyu-suvorova. And Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoygu awarded a Russian soldier for fighting near Debaltseve https://citeam.org/putin-shoygu-debaltseve/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 46. The item is located at row number 70 in the report.

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