Russia Update: Did Col. Strelkov Report the Downing of MH17 Before Other Social Media Users?

July 16, 2015
Col. Igor Strelkov and his bodyguards in Donetsk on 11 July 2014. Photo by AFP

Pro-separatist social media indicates that the Russian-backed fighters bragged about downing a plane they thought was a Ukrainian AN-26 cargo plane. Yet outside of VKontakte or any other separatist social media, ultimately, it’s the official or loyal Russian press that contains the most damning trails of information about the separatists’ brag.

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