Ukraine

Children at the heart of Ukraine’s image propaganda war

A little girl lost as war rages in the Ukrainian city of Donbass - at least, that’s what some internet users would like you to believe. It’s actually a little Australian girl paddling in mud with her puppy in 2010. And it’s just one example of many attempts at manipulation currently making the rounds online. Read more...

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Video: ultra-nationalist militants fighting alongside Ukraine’s army


The Ukrainian army made stunning gains over the weekend, overrunning pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk after months of bitter fighting. But according to new video, members of Right Sector – an extremist group - are battling alongside regular army soldiers. Read more...
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Eastern Ukraine shelling: 'I'm afraid to leave my basement'

Following Ukraine’s decision not to renew a ceasefire – which had already been broken on numerous occasions – hostilities with pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east intensified on Tuesday. Amateur photos taken in the town of Kramatorsk reportedly show a minibus damaged by the shelling, in which four civilians were killed and five wounded Tuesday morning, according to local authorities aligned with Kiev. A local resident tells FRANCE 24 how difficult life has become there. Read more...

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Is this video of separatists executing two Ukrainian army officers staged?

 
The authenticity of a video that alleges to show the execution of two Ukrainian officers in the restive east of the country is under heavy scrutiny. In the footage, a masked man shoots two men hooded and facing the wall after a separatist leader – identified as Igor Bezler – addresses the camera and gives the order to fire. Read more…
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The mysterious 'strangled woman' of Odessa

 
A photo showing the dead body of a woman who appears  to be pregnant, sprawled atop a desk, has sparked numerous rumours on social media networks. Many Internet users have claimed that, contrary to the official version, this Ukrainian woman was strangled when pro-Kiev ultranationalists attacked a building in Odessa. The photo is now sharpening propaganda on both sides of the Ukrainian crisis. The FRANCE 24 Observers team decided to investigate. Read more...
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An Observer in eastern Ukraine: 'Our daily lives aren't affected'

With pro-Russian rebels regularly taking over city administration buildings in eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainian soldiers on a mission to retake them, it might seem like local residents' lives would be upended. However, our Observer in Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces just retook the city hall following ten days of occupation by pro-Russians, tells us that this series of events has had surprisingly little impact on the population. Read more...

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Clash of the cartoons in Ukrainian crisis

 
The crisis in Ukraine is not just playing out on the military level. The battle between pro-European and pro-Russian forces is also occurring via cartoons on social networks. Read more...
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