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Russian Investigation Committee’s Fake: «Dnipro» Battalion Fighter Admitted Genocide

The Russian Federation Commitee reported an alleged fighter of «Dnipro» battalion Sergei Litvinov, who admitted genocide in South-east Ukraine to have been arrested and sent to Moscow for «mental examination». However, Anton Gerashchenko, councillor of the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has refuted the existence  of such fighter in «Dnipro» battalion. We also contacted the commander of «Dnipro» battalion, Iurii Bereza. In his commentary for StopFake he said a man with

Fake: Ukrainian Military Shelled Bus Stop in Donetsk

On October 1, Lifenews reported eight people killed in Donetsk bus stop shelling. The report featured bus stop on the crossing of Kiev Av. and Poligraficheskaia Str. which “was shelled by the Ukrainian military who used rocket systems”. One of the missiles hit the bus and it burned down. Lifenews journalists accuse the Ukrainian military of the bus stop shelling, bus destruction and the death of eight civilians. They claim the shelling was

Fake: The Son of German Tankman Gave to Ukraine a World War II Tank as Beneficent Aid

October 1 information about a tank StuG III Ausf. G., which had been given to Ukrainian militaries by residents of German city of Sarstedt, appeared in Facebook. Judging by description, the tank belonged to Otto Sauer, the son of the German tankman-ace of the World War II Heinrich Kling. According to Mr. Sauer, he decided to make such a specific beneficent aid because he wanted to help Ukraine that “had always

James Miller: “Russian media attack the truth”

What is more important in journalism: speed or accuracy? How can Ukraine resist Russian propaganda? How journalists can distinguish true and lies? Read about this in an interview with James Miller, editor of The Interpreter, media, based in the USA and dedicated to reporting and analyzing events in and around Russia. James Miller is a former teacher with a background in anthropology. Now he is an American journalist who specialized

Timothy Snyder: Ukraine has to have its own story of the past

Timothy Snyder speaks with Stopfake.org about Russian propaganda and Ukrainian counteraction. Why does Russian propaganda work? The reason why the Russian propaganda works is that it speaks to a certain things in peoples’ psychological reality. Many people around the world think that the United States is responsible for all kind of problems, and so that a sensible thing to say: the United States is responsible for the problems in Ukraine.

Russian Ministry of Defense Qualified the Information about Russian Militaries Taking Part in the Conflict in Ukraine as “Speculations”

The member of the Russian State Duma Dmitriy Gudkov received from the Ministry of Defense a response to his enquiry about Russian militaries taking part in the conflict on the Ukrainian territory. He wrote about this in his blog and published soft copies of both documents – his enquiry and the response to it. In its response the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation qualified the information about Russian militaries

Fake OSCE Expert

On September 30, the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva  published an interview with Latvian political scientist Einars Graudins, who was presented as an “OSCE expert”. However, this person has no link whatsoever to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It is confirmed by the OSCE mission in Ukraine through its official Twitter. We can confirm that an individual named Eivars (or Einars) Graudins has NO LINK WHATSOEVER to the

REN TV uses Crash Pictures in ‘mass Grave’ Reports

The website of Russian TV channel REN TV has been using images of victims of the MH17 Malaysian airline disaster to illustrate reports about the alleged discovery of “mass graves” in east Ukraine, Stephen Ennis writes in his article for BBC. Over the past week, pro-Kremlin media have been full of stories of “mass graves” said to contain victims, including civilians, “tortured”, “executed” and “raped” by retreating Ukrainian troops in

Last Names of 11 “Cargo-200s” from Orenburg Region Matched the Last Names of Football Players of FC Gazovik

Russian human rights activist Elena Vasilieva published on her website information that 11 bodies of soldiers perished in Ukraine had been allegedly delivered to Orenburg Region. In support of her words Vasilieva published a photo of an extract from the order of the military unit №12128 (Totskoye-4) that made it clear that perished soldiers had been dismissed backdating from the Russian Army. This information has been disseminated by dozens of

To Understand Putin, Read Orwell

Ukraine, Russia and the Big Lie Anyone who wants to understand the current Russian position on Ukraine would do well to begin with George Orwell’s classic, 1984. The connections go deeper than the adjective “Orwellian”: the structure and the wisdom of the book are guides, often frighteningly precise ones, to current events. The easiest way to begin, in light of the now entirely open Russian invasion of Ukraine, is with

Fake: Flag with Nazi Swastika in Ukraine

On September 20, the official Twitter account of the Permanent Mission of Russia in Geneva published a photo entitled “Modern Ukraine. Human Rights on the Upgrade”, showing a building with Ukrainian and Nazi flags. However, this photo has been “wandering” around the Network under different titles for a long time. Let us recall that it was taken during the shooting of a movie in Kharkiv in 2011. At the moment

Proofs of Russian Troops Invasion in Ukraine

I group: captured military personnel and machinery with military unit numbers: Captive Russian militaries: 12 (1+9+2) 9th Motor Rifle Separate Division, Nizhny Novgorod, August 23 (1 man): 98th Division of Airborne Troops, 331st regiment, Kostroma, August 26 (9 men): 31st Airborne Separate Brigade, Ulyanovsk, August 28 (2 men): Machinery: 1. Airborne combat vehicle (ACV), number 275, captured near Luhansk on August 20. According to documents it belongs to the 1st company

Lies: Germans Proved the Boeing Had not Been Downed by “Buk”

On September 10, Ukraina.ru outlet — a joint project of notorious Russian journalist Dmitrii Kiselev and Ukrainian activist Alena Berezovska, known for her close relations with Viktor Yanukovich — published a report in which it is stated that the Malaysian Boeing had not been downed with “Buk”, but by S-125 (NATO classification — SA-3). Such conclusion was made from the answer of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany (for

Fake: German Tanks have Crossed the Ukrainian Border and are on the March to the East

On September 13, the website ukraina.ru informed that German tanks had allegedly crossed the Ukrainian border and were on the march to the East of Ukraine. It was said that photos of unusual armored vehicles had been made on the circular road of the city of Lviv on September 12. Many mass media, particularly TV channel Russia 24, spread the news about German tanks. The channel referred completely to the

Channel Russia 24 Staged and Filmed a Rally

On September 6, Russian TV-Channel Russia 24 showed a video report about an alleged rally in Venice against the policy of Kyiv authorities and the genocide in South-east Ukraine. The information about the alleged rally against genocide in Ukraine went viral in news feeds and social networks. Yet, this information is not true. The Ukrainians who witnessed the rally filmed how Russia 24 shooting team was giving orders to the

Fake: Mariupol Citizens Met Poroshenko with Cries “Russia!”

News about Mariupol citizens crying “Russia!” during the visit of the President Poroshenko is spreading across social networks and news websites. A short video is presented as the evidence. Since it is pretty hard to hear the word “Russia” in it, the fake forgers started to come up with their own versions. For example, the website of Russian Ministry of Defence Zvezda wrote, that in such way pro-Russian citizens tried to

Fake: Ukrainian Military Missile Launch Gone Wrong During the Manoeuvres

A video of a missile launch from a ship gone wrong is spreading across the Web. It shows a missile falling into the water after the launch, appearing from it some seconds later to fly some distance and finally sink. The authors of the video claim was a missile launch from U209 Ternopol corvette. Some videos about this accident received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. While some users

Video of Arseniy Yatseniuk’s Speech to Diaspora was Presented as Accidental Recording

A video with Arseniy Yatseniuk has been being spread throughout the Network since September 6. In this video Ukrainian Prime Minister allegedly tries to read some text preparing for a press conference. An uploader of the video states that Yatseniuk did not know that the camera was on. Particularly, the video entitled “Ukrops ! Here is how you are bullshitted. They forgot to switch off a camera. Yatseniuk reads his

Children in Sloviansk Schools are not Forced to Learn German Instead of Russian

On September 10, Russian Channel One in its news program showed a report about Ukrainian authorities starting to tread on the neck of the Russian language in Sloviansk. “Note that the educational programme in Sloviansk has been changed. Children are no longer allowed to study Russian, as the pupils report, now they are taught German instead. Apparently, it is closer ideologically to the current authorities. And this all is despite

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