Crews of leading Russian TV channels are shooting scenes in the occupied Donbas near the settlement Debaltseve, where the militants' damaged heavy weapons and armored vehicles are towed to, marked as Ukrainian, press-secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told a Khyiv briefing on Thursday, citing Ukraine intelligence reports, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
According to the intelligence service, from the beginning of August, under the guidance of the Center for Information and Psychological Warfare (Novocherkassk) of the Southern Military District of the Russian armed forces, videos are being shot in the areas of advanced positions of Russian occupation forces.
"TV crews of leading Russian TV channels are involved as well as personnel and equipment of enemy units. For the filming of staged scenes in the vicinity of the settlement of Debaltseve, enemy forces have been towing into the area damaged weaponry and equipment with identification marking of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," he said.
According to the spokesman, some of the footage is edited to appear as if was shot on mobile phones by local residents and personnel of illegal armed formations.
"Fake news created in this way will be imposed on the Russian population, residents of the occupied territories and the world community as 'reliable information' in order to provoke anti-Ukrainian sentiments on the eve of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's independence," the Defense Ministry spokesman said.