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StopFakeNews #125 [ENG] with Brian Bonner

The latest edition of StopFake News with Kyiv Post chief editor Brian Bonner. This week’s fakes include claims that Kyiv sanctions against Russian banks will worsen Ukraine’s investment climate, visa free travel to the EU will flood Europe with Ukrainian radicals and prostitutes, the Kremlin competes to outperform itself in cynicism about Eurovision and more in this week’s StopFake digest.

Fake: Ukraine’s President Acknowledges Donbas Loss

Kyiv has lost the Donbas, Ukraine loses control over the Donbas, even the president admits this – such headlines heralded the latest fakes presented this week by Russia’s best and brightest disinformation entities. Russia Today, NTV, TVC,  Lenta.ru, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukraina.ru, Argumenty I Fakty, RBK,  Russian Defense Ministry channel Zvezda, Novorossiya and others all disseminated this fake story. Russian media claimed that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko admitted to losing the

StopFakeNews #124 [ENG] with Matt Kriteman

The latest edition of StopFake News with Matt Kriteman. This week’s fakes include stories about impending hunger and food riots in Ukraine, more claims that Ukraine is so broke it can’t host Eurovision, Russia launches a fact checking initiative and more.

Fake: Hunger in Ukraine

A new theme proving very popular in Russian media is the alleged hungry winter Ukraine is living through. Leading the pack with this fake story is none other than Russia’s Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda, which announced recently that hungry Ukrainians are driven to scrounge for bread quite literally thrown to the birds. Zvezda’s source is a Facebook post by Lada Laferova from Odesa, who claims that she herself saw

The Debunking Business is Booming

By Jim Kovpak, for StopFake Some readers are already aware of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s attempt to break into the fake news debunking business. It launched a few weeks prior to this writing and was a dismal failure. Rather than debunking actual fabricated news stories, the Foreign Ministry merely attached a Photoshop-made stamp to stories it deemed “fake,” including The New York Times’ story about the project itself.  Now it

Fake: Ukraine Has No Money for Eurovision 2017

Ukraine has no money to conduct the 2017 Eurovision song contest, Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda declared this week, citing Ukraine’s Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk as its source, who allegedly said Ukraine had no money and proposed that European investors chip in and help. Ukraine’s supposed inability to organize and finance this year’s Eurovision is a favorite Russian disinformation topic that was launched almost immediately after Ukraine’s Jamala won

StopFakeNews #124 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. This week’s fakes include mendacious Russian claims about Ukrainians’ future visa free travel to the EU Schengen zone; Moscow claims Ukraine used a video game as evidence in its International Criminal Court suit against Russia and the massive European demonstrations in support of Donbas that actually were not in the least bit massive.

Fake: Ukraine to Get Limited EU Visa Free Travel

Russia’s Sputnik Radio featured a story this week claiming that Ukrainians would not get the visa free travel to the EU that Kyiv had been negotiating with Brussels for. In an article dripping with contempt and condescension towards Ukraine and Ukrainians Sputnik’s commentator Vladimir Filippov announces that while Ukrainians will get EU visas, they will not get what they wanted most, the right to work in the EU. Despite this,

Fake: Ukraine Uses Video Game as Evidence in ICJ Suit against Russia

Russian newspaper Moskovskyi Komsomolets accused Ukraine of presenting a staged video as evidence at a hearing before the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague. “As proof, Ukraine demonstrated a video game seemingly showing Russia transporting heavy artillery for the militia” in eastern Ukraine, the newspaper writes. This spurious claim is not supported by any evidence, link or explanation. The hearing is part of Ukraine’s suit against Russia for

Fake: Ukraine Deliberately Shuts off Water Supplies to Occupied Luhansk

While Russian media were busy disseminating fake stories claiming that Ukraine had deliberately cut off water supplies to the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) in the east of the country, Ukraine repaired the damaged pumping station that was the cause of the water shutoff. Russian media cited the Luhansk water utility Luhanskvoda who announced on March 11 that water supplied from a regional pumping station located on free Ukrainian territory,

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