MOSCOW, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a legislation proposing up to 15-year prison sentences for distributing “false” information about Russia’s operations overseas, as Moscow’s forces continue their military assault in Ukraine.

The law, which was enacted by Russia’s parliament last week, imposes prison sentences and fines on people who broadcast “knowingly false information” about Russian government actions in other countries.

If the erroneous information “had considerable impact,” it is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

The new legislation expands on legislation passed in March that stipulates a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail if false information about the Russian army is published.

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