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Russian propaganda creates fake about subversive activities of anti-war Ukrainian movement in Romania

Russian propaganda creates fake about subversive activities of anti-war Ukrainian movement in Romania

On the eve of the NATO summit, propagandists were trying to convince the Western community not to provide assistance to Ukraine On July 9, the 75th anniversary NATO summit kicked off in Washington, D.C., with Russia's war against Ukraine as one of the central topics. Russia has launched another information campaign to discredit Ukrainians in order to prevent the adoption of positive decisions for our country. Through Russian Telegram channels and accounts on social media platform X, as well as in English, Spanish, German, Greek and Romanian for the western audience in the media, Russian propagandists are spreading the fake…
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Russian propaganda spreading fakes about military mobilized from colony

Russian propaganda spreading fakes about military mobilized from colony

Russian media outlets and z-Telegram channels are spreading information that military service persons who were voluntarily mobilized from penal colonies are allegedly committing numerous crimes in the Sumy region. In particular, the propagandists shared the image of a burnt police car and footage of confiscated drugs. The publications allege that these crimes were committed by convicts mobilized to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Both are fake. The images used by the propagandists to illustrate the incident with the distribution of drugs in the Sumy region were actually taken in Kramatorsk of the Donetsk region. As part of a joint operation…
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Russian propaganda spreading fake photos about queues at exchange offices in Ukraine

Russian propaganda spreading fake photos about queues at exchange offices in Ukraine

Russian pro-war Telegram channels have recently spread reports of queues at exchange offices amid news about a possible default in Ukraine. This is allegedly due to the fact that citizens are trying to get rid of the hryvnia, and some exchange offices seem to have run out of foreign currency. This is a fake. Such photos have nothing to do with the current situation and especially with default. The picture in which people seem to be standing in line at an A-Bank branch to exchange currency is an old one. The license plates of the car with the letters of…
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Russian propaganda spreading fake about Olena Zelenska’s purchase of exclusive car for EUR 4.5M

Russian propaganda spreading fake about Olena Zelenska’s purchase of exclusive car for EUR 4.5M

Ahead of a NATO summit, Russian propaganda is sharing a fake by creating a website and fabricating a car sales invoice Pro-Russian English- and French-language accounts on the social media platform X, as well as Telegram channels, are actively spreading information claiming that First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska purchased a new Bugatti Tourbillon hypercar for 4.5 million euros during her visit to France in early June 2024. The primary source cited by the propagandists is the French-language website Verite Cachee France. As "proof", the authors of the article on the website cited a video in which Jacques Bertin, an…
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Russian propaganda trying to intimidate Ukrainians with fakes about generators

Russian propaganda trying to intimidate Ukrainians with fakes about generators

Propagandists spread photo fakes and invented fines amid growing demand for generators After power outages caused by Russian shelling of energy infrastructure became more frequent in Ukraine, Kremlin propagandists resorted to a new wave of related fakes. Through Russian Telegram channels and pro-government media outlets, they launched another campaign regarding the purchase and use of generators by Ukrainians. The other day, a number of channels began to share photos from a Ukrainian home appliance store. It displays a sign with the inscription "Generators are not for sale. Everything has been reserved for the National Police and Territorial Recruitment and Social…
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Russian propaganda distributing fake video amid opening of EU accession negotiations with Ukraine

Russian propaganda distributing fake video amid opening of EU accession negotiations with Ukraine

Video clip with graffiti against Ukraine's European integration was allegedly shot on the streets of Brussels Russian pro-war Telegram channels and English-speaking pro-Russian bots on X are spreading a video allegedly shot in Brussels, which shows graffiti with a caricature of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the caption "Please! Invite one more defaulting debetor to EU." A man behind the scenes concludes in Ukrainian that no one in the EU is allegedly waiting for Ukraine. This is a fake. Such graffiti has never been painted in Brussels. The video was actually shot in the Belgian capital. But there are other…
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Russian propaganda spreading fake about creation of bot farms in Ukraine to destabilize situation in Dagestan

Russian propaganda spreading fake about creation of bot farms in Ukraine to destabilize situation in Dagestan

Propagandists are trying to link terrorist attacks in Makhachkala and Derbent to Ukraine Kremlin-run Telegram channels and bots on the social media platform X in Arabic are distributing a screenshot of an "advertisement" from the Ukrainian website OLX, which says that people are allegedly being searched for in Ukraine to write "angry comments" on Russian social networks and online forums. Such activity is supposedly directed against the Russian authorities and dictator Vladimir Putin to destabilize the situation in connection with the June 23, 2024 terrorist attacks in Dagestan. This is a fake. If you search for the word phrase "angry…
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Russian propaganda spreading photo fake to discredit Ukrainian fans at Euro 2024

Russian propaganda spreading photo fake to discredit Ukrainian fans at Euro 2024

Propagandists continue to feed a narrative that the West is tired of Ukraine Pro-Kremlin media outlets and Telegram channels have shared the photo of an announcement for football fans that allegedly appeared in the sports bar Carambolage in Stuttgart. In connection with the European Football Championship, which is currently taking place in Germany, the administration of the establishment supposedly urged visitors to refrain from racist insults and discussing politics while watching games. The notice allegedly appeared in both German and Ukrainian, which, according to the propagandists, makes Ukrainians the direct recipients of this "request". This is a fake. The "announcement"…
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Russian propaganda spreading fake about students building fortifications in Kyiv region

Russian propaganda spreading fake about students building fortifications in Kyiv region

Propagandists faked an ad from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture Pro-Russian Telegram channels and communities on the social networking site Vkontakte began to actively circulate reports about the involvement of Ukrainian students in the construction of fortifications in the city of Irpin, Kyiv region. As "evidence," the authors of the posts added a photo of an announcement that was allegedly posted in a Kyiv-based university - Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA). It says that the management of the university allegedly obliges the students of the "KN-19" and "KN-18" groups to take with them everything they…
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Russian propaganda spreads photo and video fakes about Romanian fans at match with Ukraine

Russian propaganda spreads photo and video fakes about Romanian fans at match with Ukraine

Clipped audio track of well-known Ukrainian protest song about Putin was used in the fake video Russian and foreign media outlets and bots on the social media platforms X, TikTok and YouTube are spreading alleged photos of fans of the Romanian national team who hung the flag of the so-called "DNR" on the stands during a Euro 2024 match with Ukraine. After that, Russian bots on X began to distribute a video in which Romanian fans allegedly shouted the name of the Kremlin dictator during this match. The photo and video are fabricated. The photo with the flag of the…
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