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Over 5.8 million fake news on special operation in Ukraine already detected - official

A serious information campaign against Russia and Russians is now underway on the global level, Public Chamber member Yekaterina Mizulina, said

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. More than 5.8 million fake reports, related to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, have already been detected online, the director of the Safe Internet League, Public Chamber member Yekaterina Mizulina, said on Thursday.

"We are now in the midst of an information war. More than 5.8 million fakes have been detected by now," she said, adding that the organization monitors over 240 million various online sources, including in Russian and foreign social networks, as well as over 40,000 media outlets in Russia and all over the world.

In her words, "a serious information campaign against Russia and Russians" is now underway on the global level.

"Among the goals of this information war is to try to use those fake reports, this disinformation, to conceal military crimes, killings of Donbass residents, killings of small children," Mizulina added.

The situation on the line of contact in Donbass escalated on February 17. The DPR and LPR reported the most intense shelling from Ukraine in recent months. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his recognition of the DPR and LPR’s sovereignty. Russia recognized the republics within the borders that have been established by their constitutions (the administrative borders of Donetsk and Lugansk regions at the beginning of 2014).

On February 24, Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aimed to demilitarize and denazify the country. DPR and LPR started their operation to liberate their territories, which are under Kiev's control.