Information Warfare: russian fakes for May 18th, 2022

Millions of Ukrainians are encountering russian propaganda every day. It spreads through TV, radio, mass media, social networks, and 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 focused on the evacuation of Azovstal.  After more than 80 days of siege, the Ukrainian garrison negotiated the transfer of the wounded to russian forces. The propagandists portray this as a crushing Ukrainian defeat, even though russia lost huge amounts of time, men, and material trying to take the city, destroying it in the process. This Pyrrhic victory is the only military success russia had in a long time, so the propaganda will do everything to exploit it. russian media channels are already mocking and denigrating the Mariupol defenders, trying to turn their heroic defense into a meaningless defeat. We will see a lot of fakes aimed at destroying the reputation of the Mariupol defenders and the Ukrainian army as a whole, we will see attempts to demoralize Ukrainians and break their will. Main fake narratives:

  • The US was developing bioweapons in Ukraine
  • Poland is planning to capture western Ukraine
  • NATO weapons are useless
  • Ukrainian soldiers are surrendering en masse
  • The west is controlling Ukraine
  • 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: Ukraine was preparing to capture regions of russia



At first, russian propaganda claimed that Ukraine planned to attack the russian separatist enclaves in the east of the country. Now, propagandists claim that Ukraine planned a full-scale invasion of russia.

This narrative is often used to justify russian invasion of Ukraine. Only Ukraine did not plan to invade, russia did. Ukraine did not gather a 200 thousand strong armies on the border, russia did. Ukraine did not start the war, russia did. 

FAKE: Kyiv had destroyed the friendship with russia



russian officials are changing their tune as of late. We can hear, with increasing frequency, puzzled and annoyed statements about Ukraine’s unwillingness to capitulate. As russian military failures pile up, russian propaganda starts to call Ukrainians fanatics, and blames Ukraine for “stupidly and irrationally prolonging the conflict” by defending itself. As if the outcome of the war is long decided, and any Ukrainian resistance is harmful and futile. Only it looks more and more likely that russia is going to lose the war.

Such statements, designed to dismay and demotivate Ukrainians, would work if russia really had the upper hand. Now they only show the depth of russian desperation. A country that attacked its neighbor unprovoked is complaining that the neighbor is resisting and that the old friendship is ruined. It seems that blaming the victim is a time-honored tradition of russian culture.

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 Disinformation 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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