Citing alleged disinformation, Russian-backed separatists in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine have blocked access to Google.
Denis Pushilin, head of the Ukrainian breakaway region, accused the search engine in a message posted on his Telegram channel, of promoting violence against all Russians, stressing that the ones to blame are its handlers from the US government.
Without providing evidence to support his assertions, Pushilin said that there will be no obstacles to Google’s work if it stops pursuing its criminal policy and returns to the mainstream of law, morality, and common sense.
The Western media companies are continually accused by Moscow and its proxies in eastern Ukraine of spreading anti-Russian propaganda and taking a one-sided stance on the war.
Meanwhile, the UK’s defense ministry has informed that the Ukrainian forces are repelling Russian attacks on the Vuhlehirsk nuclear power plant in Donetsk UK as part of the focused artillery strikes on areas around the cities of Kramatorsk and Siversk.
Hailing the arrival of eight Himars in Ukraine as a possible gamechanger for the course of the war, Kyiv has expressed hopes that the advanced weapons would allow the Ukrainian army to strike Russian targets and weapons depots further behind the front lines.
Moscow has used the news to justify its attempts to exert control over territory in the south of Ukraine, beyond the eastern Donbas region, for its own protection, accusing the West of dragging out the conflict by supplying Kyiv with more arms.
Previously on Friday, Russia’s defense ministry informed that between July 5-20, its forces had destroyed four US-supplied Himars rocket systems.