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    Posted March 3, 2014 by
    Odessa, Ukraine
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    Kremlin started preparing for the war in Ukraine well in advance. Evidence


    Leading Russian media started to heat up the temperature in the info-space around Ukraine several month before Putin commanded military invasion to Crimea, Ukraine.


    The screenshot in the headline is showing the news article in Ukrainian edition of NEWSru — one of the top Russian media previously known as an online news outlet of the NTV channel network. The article dated December 1, 2013 emphasizes the word war far too many times for such a short news-break. At that time there were no signs of large-scale conflict in Ukraine.


    The heading in the news is stating that “The war was announced in the East of Ukraine. Kharkiv and Donetsk are getting mobilized” — that was not an exaggeration, it was a deliberate misinformation aimed to prepare readers for the conflict that was not even foreseen at the time.


    NEWSru was far not the only media to present the situation in Ukraine in such dangerous and provoking manner, Arguments & Facts also came out couple of days later with the following headline: “Brother against brother. Five reasons for a civil war in Ukraine”.


    There are more facts preceding the crisis in Ukraine I will disclose in the next several reports.

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