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Ukraine's propaganda war

Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the Russian channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka, Ukraine. For Shazhkova, channel-surfing in the front line town of Avdiyivka is a monotonous business. With the face of Vladimir Putin looming large on her TV screen, she flicks over to the next station with a sigh, only to land on the Russian army's official channel.

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Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the Russian channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka, Ukraine. For Shazhkova, channel-surfing in the front line town of Avdiyivka is a monotonous business. With...more

Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the Russian channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka, Ukraine. For Shazhkova, channel-surfing in the front line town of Avdiyivka is a monotonous business. With the face of Vladimir Putin looming large on her TV screen, she flicks over to the next station with a sigh, only to land on the Russian army's official channel. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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People listen to a broadcast of Ukrainian radio on a square in the village of Grechishkino. Much of eastern Ukraine's broadcasting infrastructure is controlled by the rebels or has been destroyed by the fighting. This has left Ukraine, whose own media typically characterizes separatists as 'Russia-sponsored terrorists', outgunned in an information war that has played a central role in the crisis.

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People listen to a broadcast of Ukrainian radio on a square in the village of Grechishkino. Much of eastern Ukraine's broadcasting infrastructure is controlled by the rebels or has been destroyed by the fighting. This has left Ukraine, whose own...more

People listen to a broadcast of Ukrainian radio on a square in the village of Grechishkino. Much of eastern Ukraine's broadcasting infrastructure is controlled by the rebels or has been destroyed by the fighting. This has left Ukraine, whose own media typically characterizes separatists as 'Russia-sponsored terrorists', outgunned in an information war that has played a central role in the crisis. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Parts of a destroyed TV tower and a new one under construction are seen near Slaviansk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on roof-top aerials.


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Parts of a destroyed TV tower and a new one under construction are seen near Slaviansk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on...more

Parts of a destroyed TV tower and a new one under construction are seen near Slaviansk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on roof-top aerials. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Ukrainian servicemen use a mobile device as they rest at their position on the front line near Avdeyevka. Ukrainian government forces control the ground in Avdiyivka, but pro-Moscow rebels just across the front line of a two-year separatist conflict dominate the airways, along with stations beamed in from Russia to the east.

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Ukrainian servicemen use a mobile device as they rest at their position on the front line near Avdeyevka. Ukrainian government forces control the ground in Avdiyivka, but pro-Moscow rebels just across the front line of a two-year separatist conflict...more

Ukrainian servicemen use a mobile device as they rest at their position on the front line near Avdeyevka. Ukrainian government forces control the ground in Avdiyivka, but pro-Moscow rebels just across the front line of a two-year separatist conflict dominate the airways, along with stations beamed in from Russia to the east. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Loudspeakers broadcasting Ukrainian radio are seen in the village of Grechishkino, Ukraine.

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Loudspeakers broadcasting Ukrainian radio are seen in the village of Grechishkino, Ukraine. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Loudspeakers broadcasting Ukrainian radio are seen in the village of Grechishkino, Ukraine. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Pensioner Lena Ivanova watches TV in her house on the front line in Avdeyevka. Located just nine miles north of the rebels' stronghold in the city of Donetsk, Avdiyivka lies at the heart of the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has killed over 9,500 people since early 2014.


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Pensioner Lena Ivanova watches TV in her house on the front line in Avdeyevka. Located just nine miles north of the rebels' stronghold in the city of Donetsk, Avdiyivka lies at the heart of the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has killed over 9,500...more

Pensioner Lena Ivanova watches TV in her house on the front line in Avdeyevka. Located just nine miles north of the rebels' stronghold in the city of Donetsk, Avdiyivka lies at the heart of the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has killed over 9,500 people since early 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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TV equipment damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine.

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TV equipment damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

TV equipment damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine. Western backers, including the United States, have donated broadcasting equipment worth 60 million hryvnias (�1.85 million), but the cash-strapped government in Kiev cannot afford all the construction costs.


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A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine. Western backers, including the United States, have donated broadcasting equipment worth 60 million hryvnias (�1.85 million), but the cash-strapped government in Kiev cannot...more

A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna, Ukraine. Western backers, including the United States, have donated broadcasting equipment worth 60 million hryvnias (�1.85 million), but the cash-strapped government in Kiev cannot afford all the construction costs. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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A TV antenna is seen on a house on the front line in Avdeyevk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on roof-top aerials.


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A TV antenna is seen on a house on the front line in Avdeyevk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on roof-top aerials. ...more

A TV antenna is seen on a house on the front line in Avdeyevk. In its fight for hearts and minds, Kiev is redoubling efforts to improve access to Ukrainian television and radio for the majority in the region who rely on roof-top aerials. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the pro-Russian separatist channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka. 


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Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the pro-Russian separatist channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukrainian pensioner Olha Shazhkova shows one of the pro-Russian separatist channels available on her television at home in the front line town of Avdeyevka. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna.


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A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A TV tower damaged by shelling is seen on the front line in Popasna. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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