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Using an old video, Ukrainian television channel “Inter” illustrated the news about Russian armored vehicles

On August 17, the Ukrainian television channel “Inter” reported about rotation of armored vehicles between Russia and certain settlements in the Donetsk region that are under the control of separatist militants. As evidence to support this claim, the channel used a video recording showing the movement of military equipment. Here is the actual story: In fact, this video is unrelated to this news. The same video was already used in

Fake Twitter account of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament

Some marginal Russian and pro-Russian websites have published false information based on a fake Twitter account of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. This “news” is being actively disseminated across social networks. For example, a tweet from this account is the source for this item “Turchynov demands they die bravely and not to make complaints to the mass media”. Here is what this item: “Soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian Army! Enough with crying to the

Fake: Poroshenko Gave Orders to End the ATO by August 22 and to Cut Off Gas Transit to Europe

On August 20 the largest Russian service specializing in the translating foreign news and articles published the material of a Chinese website haiwainet.cn, titled “The Limit of Putin’s Patience,” which contains several false statements. In the first paragraph the author, Lao Mu, argues that Poroshenko gave orders “to solve the problem of the eastern regions by August 22″ and says that this is the reason government forces have increased their

Filmed a month ago, video from Luhansk was presented as up-to-date event

Video, entitled “Luhansk. Furious fighting for the city. 08.16.2014”, is being actively spread around news portals and social networks. The video shows the bombardment of Ukrainian city of Luhansk. Initially this video was published on the Youtube channel Ukraine Today (UK) on August 16 with the title “Luhansk. Furious fighting for the city”. Description under the video says: “House-to-house combats have been fighting near the center of the city since

Fake: Underage Refugees Tore Down the Ukrainian Flag from a School near Kyiv

On August 9 the Ukrainian newspaper Fakty i Kommentarii [Facts and Commentary] in its section, “It is what it is,” reported an incident in the village of Vorzel in Kyiv Region.  Unknown attackers had torn down the Ukrainian flag from a local school, torn it apart and left it on the square.  The publication quoted an Olga Pochtarenko, allegedly a local woman and mother of three. According to her, the police were fortunate to

Fake: Polish Company ASBS Othago is Fighting on the Side of the Ukrainian Military Forces

Russian and pro-Russian news websites continue spreading false information from terrorists that ASBS Othago, a Polish private military company, is taking part in the conflict on the side of the Ukrainian military forces. August 14, another message about this company’s involvement was spread in the Web. “Insurgents have eliminated six fighters of a private military company ASBS Othago near Izium”, e-news outlets wrote. This information started spreading in social networks. This is not the

A video shot in May in Sebastopol presented as made in August

A video appeared on YouTube with a title “Putin arrived to Sebastopol. August 13, 2014.” This is an amateur video recording featuring the appearance of Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, in Sebastopol and his conversations with people. In a scene, one could hear joyful cheers such as “Russia!” and “Putin”, as well as cryings of exalted female adorers of the Russian president. However, the details of this

Lies, Damned Lies and Russian Disinformation

Executive Summary The Russian Federation uses extensive propaganda, outright lies, and—most importantly—disinformation as part of the hybrid warfare it is waging against Ukraine and the West. Disinformation combines truth, what people want to be true, and cleverly disguised outright falsehoods. Moscow has been actively using such disinformation as part of a conscious broader policy on Ukraine, and it readily changes or rejects elements of the false narrative it has been

Carpatho-Rusyns refuted information about their struggle for the federal status of their region

Russian and pro-Russian mass media inform that Carpatho-Rusyns allegedly continued their struggle for federalization of Ukraine. This statement does not correspond with reality, leaders of three main Carpatho-Rusyns’ organizations claim. August 10 Rusvesna.su website published news about the Congress of Rusyns and Hungarian communities of the Transcarpathia (Zakarpattia Region) that had allegedly taken place in Budapest. Congress delegates decided to address to the EU, UN, Hungary, the USA and Russia, asking

Russia’s top 100 lies about Ukraine

The American website Examiner.com published Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Russia’s propaganda machine shows no signs of slowing down. To the contrary, it seems to have reached a new hysterical level of blatant disinformation, since Russian and pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine are rapidly losing ground. To attract reluctant “volunteers” into the trap of a misguided war machine, Russia wages twisted information war through its mainstream media, useful fools in the

Faked photos of Russian “humanitarian” tanks at the Ukrainian border are being spread throughout social networks

White-painted photos of Russian tanks and APCs are being spread through social networks. A lot of bloggers post these photos with the explanation that this is Russian so-called “humanitarian” enginery at the Ukrainian border. Bloggers assume that tanks and APCs had to be hastily repainted white when it had become known that they would accompany humanitarian aid. However, these photos were not made at the Ukrainian border last days. Some of them are taken from

Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Part 4

The American website Examiner.com published Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Russia’s aggressive disinformation campaign about recent events in Ukraine reached epic proportions. For example, Alexander Skryabin (who died of cancer in 2011) was revived by the Russian mainstream media to commit not one, but two sets of separate terrorist acts in Ukraine. Even after this fabrication was exposed, only Russia Today removed the article and published a retraction. It should

The lie: Bombardment of Horlivka will cause an environmental disaster

August 11 famous Russian online mass media published a video in which the press secretary of Stirol Concern Pavlo Brykov announced that an explosion in this concern (situated in Horlivka, Donetsk Region) might allegedly cause an environmental disaster. “An accident in Stirol will entail a leak from a chemical government plant of Horlivka where so-called ‘blood poison’ – mononitrohlorbenzol – is still stored. Taking into account a wind rose, rivers’ basins and

Russia’s war against Ukraine and the whole world

“It is my strong belief that for our victory in the war, waged by Russia against Ukraine and the world, all of us – each Ukrainian and the state apparatus – should know and clearly understand the phenomenon, its scale and level of threat which was faced by Ukraine”, states Andriy Parubiy in his column for ” Ukrayinska Pravda“. We must know the enemy. We must know ourselves. And we must

Moscow lied that Red Cross had given consent to Russian “aid convoys” for Donbas

Russian media reported that International Committee of the Red Cross (the ICRC) had allegedly supported Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov’s proposition to deliver Russian “aid convoys” to Ukraine. Media referred to the site of the ICRC. However, there has never been such a statement on this web-site. On August 8, Russian mass media spread news about the Red Cross giving its consent to Russian “aid convoys” access

Weekly newscast from StopFake team. Number 20

StopFakeNews # 20. You will hear about a Ukrainian journalist and singer Bogdan Boutkevitch, who was misrepresented, about Churkin’s speech at a UN meeting, as well as see how a news from a satirical website turned into a sensation. And surprise: a short interview with Elena Serduk from the London School of Economics, the author of several articles about the work of Russian and Ukrainian media. She came to visit us shortly after her visit

Putin And Assad Are Using A Lot Of The Same Propaganda Methods To Conceal Their Crimes

It pays to remember that Syria’s intelligence, and most of its political elite, were trained in the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia — and not just in how to torture and kill people. The IQ, consistency and logical cohesion of state-relayed propaganda in Damascus owes a great deal to prior tutelage in Moscow, as the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis have nicely demonstrated. We have heard innumerable explanations from

Fake expert of European Union

Ukrainian portal “Golos.UA” quoted Wolfgang Grasse, “the expert of the EU” in their publications on political topics. But, according to representatives of the EU in Ukraine, this man does not work in the institutions of the European Union. This year the portal “Golos.UA” published Wolfgang Grasse’s comments 61 times. The position of this person was referred as “the EU expert”, “expert of the European Parliament”, “representative of the EU.” In particular, in August

Fake: American customs officer apologized for Obama to the Russian tourist

Social networks, blogs and some news websites spread the information about the customs officer in the New York’s JFK airport, who allegedly put in the passport of Russian tourists a note of apology for their president. The note said: “I’m sorry for our president. I did not vote for him. ” For example, a Russian news website ura.ru wrote: Even Russian Esquire journalists took this information as truth. They published a post

“Actress on tour” Tsypko called herself a Donetsk lawyer and told about shooting a family in Kramatorsk

Maria Tsypko, a famous supporter of Donetsk and Luhansk separatists, who appears regularly on Russian TV channels with the most extraordinary stories and plays every time a different role, testified “atrocities” of the Ukrainian army. For this time, Tsypko called herself a lawyer from Donetsk. Appearing in the program “The moment of truth” on Russian Channel 5, she told about the family of a citizen soldier nicknamed “Lynx” that was

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