According to Ukrainian intelligence officers, Russia’s main propaganda TV channels prepared high-profile “documentaries” in the Donbas in order to slander the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the press service of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported.
“Russian command has intensified its measures to create provocative materials aimed at defaming the ATO forces and accusing them of violating the Minsk Agreements,” the Main Directorate of Intelligence says.
According to their data, Russian military commanders used film crews of the leading Russian TV Channels, Russia-1, NTV and REN TV for this purpose. They filmed high-profile propaganda in Donetsk and Mariupol using specially trained instigators from local communities.
On the 5th of February 2017, RIA Novosti released a statement from the separatists that said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces allegedly deployed eight Tochka-U tactical missile systems to Donbas. Two of these missile systems allegedly arrived in the territory of Avdiivka Coke Plant while six more arrived in Novobakhmutivka.
The General Director of PJSC Avdiivka Coke, Musa Magomedov denied this information. Magomedov stated that there have never been and will never be any weapons at the plant. “We have dangerous products onsite and the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is well aware of this,” the industrialist noted.