Russia’s Defense Ministry claims Shoigu visits occupied Ukraine

4 March, 07:00 PM
Sergey Shoigu in a helicopter (Photo:Скриншот / Міноборони Росії / Telegram)

Sergey Shoigu in a helicopter (Photo:Скриншот / Міноборони Росії / Telegram)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has allegedly visited a combat zone in Ukraine for “inspections” of Russian forces, according to a video posted by Russia’s Defense Ministry on Telegram on March 4.

The ministry said that Shoigu had visited a command post in the south of temporarily occupied Donetsk Oblast, where he heard reports and discussed the supply of troops.

The video shows the minister handing out orders and medals to the occupiers, saying that they are “fighting with dignity” and have “a lot of work ahead of them.”

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The video has not been authenticated and it is unclear where or when it was taken.

Russia’s Defense Ministry published a similar video in June 2022, pretending Shoigu visited occupied areas. Likewise, there was no evidence that the video had been taken in Ukraine.

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