Who is financing occupied Donbas?: Russian secret behind Ukraine's self-declared republics

10:01 Oct. 19, 2016

Russian secret behind Ukraine's self-declared republics

People take part in a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, on September 8, 2016 (Getty Images)

France 24 report on mechanics of Russian financing of 'mini republics' in Donbas and news faking

Two years after pro-Russian separatists declared the "Donetsk People's Republic", fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatist forces continues despite numerous ceasefires. But who is arming the separatists of this self-declared republic? And who is financing the reconstruction?

France 24 reporters follow the trail of weapons and money and lay bare Donetsk's best-kept secret.

Read also Russia directly finances occupied Donbas - ex-separatist official

Russia denies any involvement with the separatists, which makes this conflict a war of communication and misinformation. The involvement of Moscow appears nevertheless obvious, not just on the battlefield but also in many sectors of the economy.

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