Its media..they have to take care of the propaganda, the state policy on media and thereader base they feed. West, Russia, China use the media liberally to promote and fan the interests of the state. So most of the 'breaking news', rumors are staged propaganda. Sputnik has that flavor. We have seen that in some cases the rumors do materialize into diplomatic strategy or defence deals, of course with changes that evolve over time. Best thing is to collect info from various sources and use logic..wait and watch.