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Facebook said it has removed more pages and accounts that are believed to have originated in Russia and were involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

In an announcement posted on its corporate blog on May 6, the world's largest social-media company said it targeted groups and pages that were being deceptive about who was behind them and what they were up to.

The takedown included accounts on its Instagram photo-sharing platform, Facebook said.

"We found two separate, unconnected operations that originated in Russia and used similar tactics, creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in the post.

The "coordinated inauthentic behavior" was "part of a small network emanating from Russia that focused on Austria, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom," he said.

Ukraine was the focus of 97 Facebook accounts, pages, or groups removed from the social network, he wrote.

Posts by the account typically involved local and political news, the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the war in Syria, and Russian politics.

Facebook did not disclose the identities of those behind the accounts.

The move is part of the latest effort by the social-media giant to cut down on the number of false and deceptive accounts that have proliferated on the platform in recent years.

U.S. intelligence agencies say Facebook and other social-media platforms were used by a Russian company called the Internet Research Agency to sow discord and spread misinformation in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted the company, its purported owner, and several others for their use of fake Facebook accounts during the 2016 election.

KYIV -- Ukrainian authorities said a reporter has been hospitalized in a coma after a brutal attack, and the assault is now being investigated as attempted murder.

Police in the city of Cherkasy said unidentified men attacked Vadym Komarov on May 4 in the center of the city, about 200 kilometers south of Kyiv. He was hospitalized and underwent unspecified surgery, and as of May 6 remained in a coma.

Officials did not say whether they believe Komarov may have been targeted for his reporting.

However, Oleksandr Radutsky, a member of the city council, said Komarov had repeatedly written about controversial issues including embezzlement of city budget funds and alleged corruption on the city council. He had also investigated the circumstances behind a prison riot at a Cherkasy penal colony.

Radutsky told the Ukrainian news site UNIAN that Komarov was shot in an apparent assassination attempt in 2016.

Sergey Tomilenko, the head of the Ukrainian Union of Journalists, said in a Facebook post on May 4 that Komarov “really annoyed many in Cherkasy, those who have great power and big money.”

He called on law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the attack.

According to the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 12 reporters have been killed in Ukraine since 1992; seven of those were specifically murdered for their work.

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