Information Warfare: russian fakes for May 23th, 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 mostly focused on russian offensive in Donbas. The battle for Severodonetsk continues, with propagandists predicting doom and gloom for Ukrainian defenders, but, as before, there are no major russian successes to talk about. It seems that russia is desperate for at least some kind of victory, and Severodonetsk looks like it has become the goal of the whole operation.

Poland remains the main foreign target of russian propaganda, and the number of insults and lies thrown its way increases with each passing day. Whatever Poland is doing, kremlin does not like it.

Main fake narratives:

  • NATO and the EU are orchestrating a global food crisis
  • The US was developing bioweapons in Ukraine
  • Poland is planning to capture western Ukraine
  • Ukrainian soldiers are surrendering en masse
  • The west is controlling Ukraine
  • russians don’t commit war crimes, Ukrainians do
  • Sanctions against russia are destroying Europe
  • The world is dominated by russophobia

FAKE: A new law about special status for the citizens of Poland in Ukraine is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty



After a visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a new law about the special status of Polish citizens in Ukraine. russian propaganda, which was trying to diminish and demonize Poland for a long time now, portrayed this as a confirmation of their fake about Poland wanting to subjugate Ukraine. Even though the details of the law are not known, propagandists already say that it will give Poles in Ukraine more rights compared to Ukrainians and submit the country to Polish rule. None of that is true.

Poland had enacted a law that provides additional civil rights and benefits to Ukrainians, to better accommodate the refugees and help them find temporary work and a place to live. Ukraine is enacting exactly the same law for Polish citizens in Ukraine, to thank the nation of Poland and advance friendship and integration between the two nations.

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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