Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Leader Alexander Zakharchenko, timing his announcement so as to divert attention from the three year anniversary of the MH17 shootdown by Russian and Russian proxy troops using a Russian buk missile, announced the formation of “Little Russia” or MaloRossiya.
The announcement was quickly denounced by France.
This was followed quickly by Germany condemning the announcement.
Ukraine also condemned the announcement in the strongest of terms.
- Zakharchenko’s declaration on Malorossiya shows Putin’s aggressive plans, unwillingness to peacefully solve situation
The only country to publish positive statements were Russia, albeit in Sputnik, a propaganda outlet.
All told, this was pitiful timing. The three year anniversary of the shootdown of MH17 dominated the headlines. Press coverage of the announcement was abysmal, only 16 reports in English, worldwide. Only the Sputnik reports were relatively positive with positive imagery.
Notice, please, the first report came out on Sputnik.