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.
FAKE: Kremenchuk missile attack is a fake
After the June 27 russian missile attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, it was predictable that russia would deny any and all wrongdoing. But this time, the kremlin did not rush to provide an official statement on the attack. The blackout in the official media channels lasted for more than a day, with the first messages only appearing at noon on June 28. It is apparent that russian propaganda machine used the time to formulate a single official narrative about the attack. Official russian sources then claimed that the shopping mall was “closed”, there were no people inside, and the fire was caused by a successful missile strike on a nearby warehouse that stored NATO weapons.
The unofficial propaganda channels did not take any time to unify their stance and started spreading dozens of conflicting conspiracy theories about the attack, which, by their sheer volume, could “muddle the water” enough to confuse the western viewer and make them doubt any information about the attack. Some were saying that the attack was not made by russia (later denied by russian MoD), and the whole thing was staged. Others – that the real target was the city’s oil refinery, and that the bodies of victims were moved from the refinery to the shopping mall, which was then set on fire. The only thing that all the fakes have in common, is that no civilians were actually hurt and the bodies of the victims are fake or planted.
We once again see that russia is trying to deny and avoid responsibility by inventing wild fantasies and conspiracy theories. But, as always, the evidence speaks for itself. There were hundreds of eyewitnesses, local and international journalists, and the whole tragedy was filmed by multiple bystanders. No amount of lies will help russia to escape justice.
FAKE: The Soviet military threat was the invention of the US.
Here is the list of Soviet and russian invasions and military hostile actions since the start of the cold war:
1948–49 – The Berlin Blockade
1953 – East German Uprising
1956 – Invasion of Hungary
1962 – the Cuban Missile Crisis
1968 – Invasion of Czechoslovakia
1969 – the Sino-Soviet border conflict
1979–89 – the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
1991–1993 – War in Abkhazia
1992 – Transnistria War
1992 – East Prigorodny Conflict
1994–1996 – First Chechen War
1999 – War of Dagestan
1999–2009 – Second Chechen War
2008 – Invasion of Georgia
2014–present – Invasion of Ukraine
2015–present – Syrian Civil War
2018–present – Central African Republic Civil War
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
· Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
· Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
· Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
· Ministry of Internal Affairs
· 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
Information about transportation and infrastructure:
· 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!
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