The Russian secret behind Ukraine’s self-declared 'Donetsk Republic'


Two years after pro-Russian separatists declared the "Donetsk People's Republic", fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatist forces continues. But who is arming the separatists of this self-declared republic? And who is financing the reconstruction? France24's reporters follow the trail of weapons and money and lay bare Donetsk's best-kept secret.

In eastern Ukraine, the separatists of the "Donetsk People's Republic" clash daily with Ukrainian forces, despite the ceasefire signed in September 2014.

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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