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Putin is Operating a Counterfeit, Propoganda TV Station in Ukraine

BBC Ukraine reports that Ukrainian television broadcasts have disappeared from viewer screens in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. They have been replaced by Russian and by regional channels operated by separatists (or, should I say, by their Russian puppeteers). Ukrainian efforts to reach viewers in occupied territories via more powerful signals and equipment supplied by Poland have been stymied by the fact that two thirds of viewers in occupied

Moscow is getting ready for a hybrid war with Lithuania. Is the Polish minority going to be the flashpoint?

Another series of Russian provocations involving the Baltic states, related to the Ukraine war, makes so called hybrid war scenario more and more realistic within the region of the Baltic Sea. The incidents that took place so far, such as the Internet existence of “People’s Republic of Vilnius” or the hooligan attacks on the Polish Embassy in Vilnius, seem to suggest that the Kremlin is going to use the Polish

Kremlin international radio service Sputnik launches Polish editiion

The Kremlin’s international radio service, Sputnik, is launching a Polish website that it says will offer “diverse perspective on international news.” The launch, at a time of economic crisis in Russia that has seen journalists laid off from domestic news agency TASS and budget cutbacks for cinema support and some other government-funded news outlets aimed at international audiences, suggests that Russian president Vladimir Putin is keen to maintain Russian influence

‘Out of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth’

What he learned from watching a week of Russian TV, Gary Shteyngart wrote for The New York Times: On a cold, sunny New Year’s Eve in 2014, I am sitting at the edge of my king-size bed at the Four Seasons hotel in New York, munching through a stack of Wagyu beef slices and demolishing a bottle of pinot noir while watching a woman play a man playing a bearded

Russia’s Ren-TV Uses Old Footage to Confirm Current Ukrainian Military Misconduct

Russia’s Ren-TV network recently posted on YouTube a video entitled, “Ukrainian Soldiers, Escaped from the Trap, are Making Beasts of Civilians.” In order to give evidence of the serious misconduct by Ukrainian soldiers in Artemovsk after they had left Debaltseve, Ren-TV supplied old footage of excesses by fighters in Kharkov’s radical organization Oplot. The footage is from in Donetsk in October, 2014. Video of Ren-TV (from 0:26). The original video

Fake: British Parliament Members Denounce EU Interference in Ukraine

On February 20, Russia’s largest online journal, lenta.ru, published an article entitled “Members of the British Parliament Denounce Interference of the EU in the Situation in Ukraine”. The article states: “The House of Lords EU Committee claimed that the EU and Great Britain misread the mood of the Ukrainian society before the crisis. It is said in the statement on the site of the Parliament of Great Britain that ‘the

LifeNews’ Fake: Russian Drummer from “Metal Corrosion” Forced to Serve in Azov Battalion

The Russian website LifeNews reported that the drummer of the Russian band “Коррозия металла” (Metal Corrosion), Andrey Martynenkov, was forced into Ukrainian military service and to serve in a musical platoon of the voluntary Azov regiment. The source of this information was not Martynenkov himself, but the leader of the band, Sergey Troitskiy. “They seized the drummer directly on the street, during his visit to relatives in Rovno,” Troitskiy said.

Fake: Jen Psaki Says that Yanukovych “Resigned” of His Own Accord

In a February 14 broadcast, Russia’s First Channel covered a briefing by U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. TASS journalist Andrey Shitov asked her about the change in Ukraine’s government in 2014. First Channel gave the following translations of Psaki’s reply: “I don’t think I need to go through the history here, but since you gave me the opportunity – as you know, the former leader of Ukraine resigned of

Fake: Bulgaria’s Parliament Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

On February 13, Russian mass media (rusnovosti.ru, mignews.ru, and lenta.ru) reported that Bulgaria had recognized Crimea and Sevastopol as parts of Russia. In fact, this was only the stated position of the leader of the far-right Bulgarian party Attack, Volen Siderov, who announced this at a meeting in Sevastopol. He also noted that Bulgarian nationalists had not forgotten that Russia had liberated them from the Turkish oppression and promised to

Ex-porn star Sasha Grey gets dragged into a propaganda war between Ukraine and Russia

Former American porn star Sasha Grey ditched her acting career and worked as a nurse for pro-Russian rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine until she was brutally murdered by Ukrainian government forces. That, at least, is according to an anti-Kyiv propaganda campaign featuring a photo of Grey that has appeared on Russian social media networks, including Odnoklassniki, a social media site popular among people over the age of 30. The Moscow

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

This article is part of a citizen-media data-analysis project, a collaboration between RuNet Echo and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Explore the complete article series on the All the Presidents’ Tweets page. When we started collecting our Twitter data last October, we were predominantly interested in what Russians and Ukrainians were saying about their presidents. But we decided to cast a wider net and collected all the tweets containing

Ukraine’s Lonely Cyberwarrior vs. Russia

He hacks Russian ministries and CCTV cameras in rebel areas, but Eugene Dokunin and his team are up against a horde of Russian trolls. KIEV — Despite the ceasefire announced for eastern Ukraine last weekend (which already appears to have fallen apart), Eugene Dokunin, the self-titled Chief Commander of the Ukrainian Cyber Army, is gearing up for a major offensive. His team is working on an ambitious plan, codenamed “Apocalypse,”

Bellingcat Report – Origin of Artillery Attacks on Ukrainian Military Positions in Eastern Ukraine Between 14 July 2014 and 8 August 2014

Summary Ukrainian armed forces positioned near the Russian-Ukrainian border were attacked by artillery fire in the summer of 2014. Between 9 July and 5 September 2014, the Ukrainian Border Service and the National Security and Defense Council reported more than 120 artillery attacks from Russia. Russian officials, however, have denied the existence of any artillery attacks on Ukraine originating from its territory. The pressure of sustained artillery attacks through early

Russian Sputnik looks for journalists in Estonia

  The Sputnik News Channel, designed to spread Russian propaganda, has begun to look for journalists who could work in the portal and radio station to be created in Estonia; Russian staff of Postimees and Delfi have already received the corresponding letters, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.     Russian state-owned media channel Russia Today that spreads Russia’s positions in Western countries launched last year an international news service Sputnik News. The

Fake: David Bowie to Give Concert in Donetsk in Support of Novorossia

On February 15, the Ukrainian internet site Alisa once again raised the possibility that David Bowie was considering giving a concert in Donetsk. Last September, similar rumors circulated after the website Antifacist reported on Bowie’s intentions to give a Donetsk concert. Bowie’s comments were said to be taken from an interview he gave in the Britain’s Daily Telegraph. I bend a knee before the courage and will for freedom of

Fake: Obama Signs Law on the Privatization of the Ukrainian Energy Sector

Germany’s “Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten” published an article about a law (HR5859) that has been signed by U.S. President Barack Obama, claiming that the law will promote the privatization of the Ukrainian energy sector and the financing of Ukrainian military and mass media within the U.S. State Department’s budget. Following this, the Russian portal “ПолитНавигатор” (“Political Navigator”) published a translation of the German article, with additional commentary and acknowledging the source,

Russia’s latest disinformation campaign attempts to justify ceasefire violations

While the West enjoyed the celebration of love on Valentine’s Day, events in Eastern Ukraine were far removed from the lovefest. In spite of the ceasefire, fierce fighting continued in the area of Debaltseve, where several thousand Ukrainian troops are cut off from the only road to Ukrainian-held territory. Continually arriving shipments of sophisticated weaponry by the regular Russian army allow the militants the ability to maintain a protracted standoff.

Navigating the ‘Arm Ukraine’ Debate

There has been a lot of debate in the Western press over whether to supply Ukraine with defensive arms. How to make sense of all the editorialising? Which op-eds and columns should one take seriously? Consider the following questions. 1. Has the author published anything about Ukraine prior to 2013? This war is not being fought in a vacuum. Knowledge of the ‘theatre’ of conflict matters. Abstract models and theoretical

Weekly newscast from StopFake team. Number 47 (dubbed)

StopFakeNews #47 The shelling of Kramatorsk, Putin’s pencil, and Yarosh’s two rogue battalions. In this issue: It is falsely claimed that Dmytro Yarosh announces his battalions will continue advancing after the ceasefire; Donetsk headquarters staff falsely claim that they were unable to fire at Kramatorsk; and Putin does not break a pencil.  

Yarosh Did Not Announce that His Battalions Continued Attacking after the Ceasefire Had Been Declared

Russian mass media – including RIA Novosti, Lifenews, and RT – stated that “[Dmytro] Yarosh and two of his battalions were advancing on Debaltseve.” The journalists cited the official site of the National Guard of Ukraine. However, many readers were confused by the fact that the Right Sector had nothing to do with the National Guard, and that there were no Right Sector battalions near Debaltseve. Moreover, the National Guard

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