Debunking ‘Ukraine’s Marina Ovsyannikova’
02 April 2022 | 8:01 am
A video with more than 1 million views on TikTok shows a woman allegedly interrupting the live broadcast of a Ukrainian news channel to denounce President Zelensky. The video, reminiscent of Marina Ovsyannikova's protest on Russian state TV, was digitally edited. It comes from a pro-Russian TikTok account that creates satirical content. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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