Information Warfare: russian fakes for May 6th, 2022 (at 18:00)

Millions of Ukrainians are encountering russian propaganda every day. It spreads through TV, radio, mass 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 still not as active, since the first week of May is a holiday week for russia. The news is filled with preparations for May 9 victory parade. Propagandists staunchly deny the reports of western intelligence agencies about plans for russia to officially declare war on May 9, so those reports are probably true.

Kremlin approved the list of companies, whose products are subject to “parallel import”. Basically, it is a state-approved contraband and piracy scheme for goods and intellectual property of companies that left russia.

We see more stories about Europe being starved to death, probably to highlight the impressive russian standard of living.

A lot of negativity is focused on Poland, with russian propagandists spewing insults at the Polish nation on an hourly basis.  

Main fake narratives:

  • Ukrainian soldiers are surrendering en masse
  • Ukraine is being controlled by the west
  • russians don’t commit war crimes, Ukrainians do
  • Ukrainian refugees are causing crime and spreading disease
  • Sanctions against russia are destroying Europe
  • The world is dominated by russophobia

FAKE: Poland announced its plans for annexing western Ukraine



russian propaganda efforts to break the western unity are now focused almost entirely on Poland. The number of insults and deprecating comments towards Poland and Polish people had risen significantly in recent days. Poland, a staunch Ukrainian ally with a history of bloody russian occupation, is portrayed as a country without culture, its only national idea being the destruction of russia.

As Poland celebrated its Constitution Day on May 3, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in his address to the nation, proclaimed his confidence in Ukrainian victory. He also quoted President Zelenskyy, by saying that he believed that Ukraine and Poland will live together without any borders between them.

russian propaganda twisted this statement, interpreting it as a promise to annex western Ukraine. kremlin officials started to talk about Polish “fanatical greed” toward Ukrainian lands, dictated by “phantom pains” of the former Polish empire. 

This is obviously, and, quite hilariously, a projection of the internal russian psyche, complete with references to empire-building and historical lands. Just replace “Poland” with “russia”, and you will have the current russian national idea.

Additionally, when President Duda spoke about “no borders” between Poland and Ukraine, he was quoting President Zelenskyy. 

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 Defense 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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