Written by Henry Meyer, Ilya Arkhipov, Stepan Kravchenko, and Yuliya Fedorinova
Rebuttal statement from the Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov:
For years President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have stated that Moscow is not attempting to integrate the unrecognized republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Publications which suggest otherwise are therefore naive and primitive news.
Our only plan is to achieve the Minsk agreements, to exert every possible influence together with our partners in the Normandy format in order to help ensure that Kiev finds a way out of the consequences which arose from the civil war and the coup d’état three years ago.
Link to the original fake news story: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-20/putin-quietly-detaches-ukraine-s-rebel-zones-as-u-s-waffles