Vladimir Putin’s recent agenda fuels fake claims on social media
25 March 2023 | 2:08 pm
Vladimir Putin is accused of of kneeling down to Xi Jinping and using a body double during his recent trip to occupied Mariupol. We debunk these claims in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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