According to their commander, Russian-backed rebels in a breakaway area of eastern Ukraine have restricted access to the search engine Google (GOOGL.O), alleging “disinformation”
Denis Pushilin, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader, accused Google of instigating “violence against all Russians” and blamed it on “handlers from the U.S. government” in a message posted on his Telegram channel.
“If Google stops pursuing its criminal policy and returns to the mainstream of law, morality and common sense, there will be no obstacles to its work,” he stated.
He provided no proof to back up his claims.
Google did not immediately react to a comment request.
Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine have accused Western firms of promoting anti-Russian propaganda and adopting a one-sided attitude on the war since deploying soldiers into Ukraine on February 24.
In March, Russia banned Facebook and Instagram after a court convicted Facebook founder Meta guilty of “extremist activity” Moscow has already restricted access to Facebook in order to limit use to the network by Russian media outlets.
Following suit, the DPR and the independent Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) blocked Facebook and Instagram, aligning themselves with Russia’s policies on the US-based social networks.