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Putin is Operating a Counterfeit, Propoganda TV Station in Ukraine

Date: February 26, 2015

BBC Ukraine reports that Ukrainian television broadcasts have disappeared from viewer screens in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

They have been replaced by Russian and by regional channels operated by separatists (or, should I say, by their Russian puppeteers). Ukrainian efforts to reach viewers in occupied territories via more powerful signals and equipment supplied by Poland have been stymied by the fact that two thirds of viewers in occupied territory watch cable or dish-TV, which can only be serviced locally.

The BBC report does not mention a more subversive form of information sabotage – the operation of a counterfeit station that pretends to be Ukraine’s popular 1+1 channel. (I learned of this through unimpeachable sources, who for obvious reasons, do not want to be identified).

Here is how Donetsk’s “Potemkin 1+1” channel works: “Potemkin 1+1” carries the Ukraine 1+1 logo in the upper left hand corner. Gullible viewers believe they are watching broadcasts that originate in Kiev. Contrary to its published schedule of news, weather, sports, and entertainment, “Potemkin 1+1” broadcasts old movies, comedies, and other forms of light entertainment. There are no news programs, although the Kiev schedule calls for regular news breaks.

What do Vladimir Putin’s propagandists get from “Potemkin 1+1” by broadcasting only light entertainment?

Donetsk viewers wonder: What is going on? Does Kiev not know there is a hot war in our backyard?

The fake 1+1 programming leads viewers in war torn Donetsk to believe that the rest of Ukraine is indifferent to their suffering. They live without water; see their buildings destroyed and civilians killed, while Kievans and West Ukrainians sit around the TV enjoying soap operas and old comedies.

When Donetsk viewers turn to Russian and separatist channels, they are greeted with horrific images of ruined towns and villages, tall tales of young girls raped and murdered by crazed Ukrainian Nazis, and of indiscriminate bombardment from the west for the sole purpose of terrorizing the innocent civilian population of Donetsk.

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