16:03 Oct. 16, 2016
France 24 Channel has tried to follow the trace of Russian involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict
France 24 has investigated how the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas exist claiming their "independence" and survive without a connection with Ukraine. Journalists of the channel prove once again that separatists in Donbas are "Russian-backed".
Two years after pro-Russian separatists declared the "Donetsk People's Republic", fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatist forces continues, despite the ceasefire signed in September 2014.
But who is arming the separatists of this self-declared republic? And who is financing the reconstruction? Reporters follow the trail of weapons and money and lay bare Donetsk's best-kept secret.
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The involvement of Moscow appears nevertheless obvious, not just on the battlefield but also in many sectors of the economy of the so-called "republics".