Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Kiev snow pictures 'a con trick'

Kiev has been hit by paralysing blizsards (AP)

Civic authorities in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev have been accused of trying to pull a fast one about their efforts to clean up from a paralysing blizzard.

A photo that appeared on the city's website Sunday after a snowfall of 20 inches showed three snowploughs clearing a street. The trouble is - the street was actually in Moscow.

Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency said that it was one of their photos taken last November and retouched to remove the name of the ploughs' Russian operator.

A Kiev city spokeswoman said the photo was a "regrettable technical mistake".

The photo was removed from the site, but not before some frame grabs of it were posted on Facebook, prompting comments such as "shame."

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