Information Warfare: russian fakes for March 30th 2022 (at 18:00)

Millions of Ukrainians are encountering Russian propaganda every day. It spreads through TV, radio, media, social networks and by word of mouth. To defeat the enemy, we must fight it on all fronts. To this end, we have prepared a daily compilation of Russian fakes.

Today, the russian information space is dominated by the narratives about the russo-Ukrainian negotiations in Turkey. Russian officials are trying to calm down the populace, saying that it is better to win through diplomacy, than through warfare. The militaristic hysteria that had spread during the last weeks is being suppressed. The Russian government is slowly walking back its demands for payments for gas in rubles after European countries refused to pay.  The official statements concerning the war are creating a notion that all of russian military failures were a part of a plan, and that plan is close to success.

Main fake narratives:

  • The Ukrainian army is destroyed, victory is close
  • World is blind to Ukrainian war crimes
  • Sanctions against Russia are destroying Europe
  • Ukrainian biolabs
  • Russophobia is dominating the world

FAKE: Ukraine had created a fake history for its children



In essence, russian propagandists are complaining that the Ukrainian education system has removed all remnants of soviet propaganda from its books and is presenting its pupils with facts. Russian propaganda is using this as another proof of “Nazis in Ukraine”: by their logic, if you are not praising USSR, you are a Nazi.

The “impossibility to know Yuri Gagarin” argument is absolute nonsense, since two of the most important people in soviet space program, those who made Gagarin flight possible – Korolev and Glushko, are both Ukrainians, and there are entire sections about them in Ukrainian history books.

FAKE: Ukrainian coat of arms is a Nazi symbol



Russian propagandists will stop at nothing to accuse Ukraine of Nazism. You don’t need to search far to find that the “trident”, as it is used by Ukraine, is one of the emblems of Volodymyr the Great. The coat of arms of Ukraine has no relations to Germany or racism.

FAKE: Chernihiv city market was robbed and burned down by the Territorial Guard



Russia is trying to accuse Ukraine of russian war crimes once again. The State Emergency Service had reported that on the night of March 30 Chernihiv city market was set on fire by a russian artillery strike. Photos from the market show clear signs of shelling (see pictures below). The accusations of a robbery are especially cynical – russian are doing everything they can to discredit Ukraine, even while destroying Ukrainian cities.

FAKE: Satanists have joined the fight against russia



Russians are trying everything to denigrate Ukraine, so it’s not a surprise they are using religion. Fairy tales about satanists that are casting dark rituals to harm russia will fill any sane person with laughter.

FAKE: US wants to make EU into its regional economic appendage



The EU is the second-largest world economy. Four of the wealthiest EU countries have, individually, GDPs larger than russia. Seven out of the top ten countries with the highest freedom of press in the world are European. Europe is both the economic and democratic center of the world. EU and NATO countries are tied by economic, social and military treaties, but the idea that the US could control the western world is preposterous. Russian propaganda is trying to convince its audience that European countries are weak and slavish, distracting them from the horrible state of their own country.

FAKE: Ukrainian Odin military unit is named after nazi-pagan god



Russian propaganda is, once again, relying on a poor education of their audience. Odin is not a god of the “ultra-right mythology”, he is a main deity of the Scandinavian pantheon. To warp an entire European region’s cultural heritage just to accuse Ukraine of Nazism is a new low for russian propaganda.

Be advised: Russia is waging a full-scale information war against Ukraine. There are multitudes of new fakes swarming through the mass-media every day. To protect you and your family, be sure to obtain and share your information only from official sources.

Official information channels:

· Office of the President of Ukraine

· General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces

· CinC AF of Ukraine 

· Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 

· Ministry of Defense of Ukraine 

· Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

· Security Service of Ukraine

· Ministry of Internal Affairs

· National Police of Ukraine 

· State Emergency Service of Ukraine

· State Border Guard Service of Ukraine 

· Centre for Strategic Communication

· Centre for Desinformation Resistance

· State Special Communications Service of Ukraine 

· Ukrainian Ground Forces 

· Ukrainian Navy

· Territorial Defense Forces 

· National Bank of Ukraine

Information about transportation and infrastructure:

· Ministry of Infrastructure 

· Ukrainian Railways  

· Airspace of Ukraine 

· State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine 

· Boryspil International Airport

· Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority

· Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv

· State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety

Keep calm and trust only official sources. Ukraine will prevail!

The material was prepared by ZMiST. Please follow ZMiST on Twitter and Facebook.

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