Fake Photos Appeared on the Internet, of Children who were Supposedly Killed in Eastern Ukraine

Fake Photos Appeared on the Internet, of Children who were Supposedly Killed in Eastern Ukraine

On May 27, 2014, a journalist from LifeNews, Ermina Kotandzhyan, posted on her Twitter page a photo of an eight-year-old boy, who had allegedly been wounded at the airport of Donetsk in a shootout. She also attached a link to a fake Twitter page, which allegedly belongs to the self-proclaimed Crimean Prosecutor General, Natalia Poklonskaya. However, the given photo has no relationship whatsoever to the events in Donetsk. The photo

Photograph of Quebec City fuel-bearing train accident is presented as Sloviansk

A photo is circulating on the Net, allegedly showing the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, on May 26, 2014, with burning city blocks after a bombardment by the Ukrainian Army. However, this photo was not taken in Sloviansk but in Quebec City, Canada; it was taken after a fuel-bearing train was involved in an accident.

Fake: Protest to Rejoin Poland in Ternopil

On May 27, 2014, there was an actively circulating news story on social media websites (LiveJournal, Facebook, VK), about a protest taking place in the Ukrainian city of Ternopil, for the reunification with Poland. “There is a protest going on in Ternopil, at the moment, to conduct a referendum regarding the breakaway of Galicia region from Ukraine, with the later intention of rejoining Poland. The police have joined the protesters,”

Fake: Police Officer Confirmed that 10 Civilians were Killed in Donetsk

On May 28, 2014, the Vice News portal published an article about the Donetsk confrontation between the militant separatists and the Ukrainian armed forces. A part of the article states: “At the morgue the bodies continue to pile up. According to the police officer, stationed outside the cordoned-off hospital building, there were at least 35 bodies stretched out inside, including 10 civilians caught in the crossfire. Many were nearly unidentifiable

Fake: System “Election” has been disabled

On the night of May 24th to May 25th the personal webpage of Arsen Avakov (Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs), avakov.com, showed a message; it stated that unknown persons had destroyed the vote-counting system “Election”, necessary for the presidential elections in Ukraine. Presumably, it was Avakov himself, who had written that the system could not be revived in time for the actual elections, and that the votes would have to

Fake: Prince Charles Apologised for Comparing Putin with Hitler

During his visit to Canada a few days ago, Prince Charles compared the actions of the Russian President Vladimir Putin with the deeds of the German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, which had preceded the start of the Second World War. He also condemned the Russian annexation of Crimea, noting that Hitler had also seized territories of other countries.

Fake: a LifeNews journalist directed the fire of separatists

A report about one of the journalists of the Russian TV channel LifeNews coordinating the DPR militants’ fire at Ukrainian positions has been spread throughout the Network lately. Such a conclusion was made because this very channel was the first to show the video where a cameraman indicated targets for the militants. That’s why this video got on-screen graphic of LifeNews.

Analysis of Events near Volnovaha

There are two main versions of events with respect to the attack on the 51st Motorized Infantry Brigade checkpoint, located near Volnovaha, Donetsk Region; 16 Ukrainian soldiers died as a result of the attack. The first version is being circulated by Russian mass media, and it states that the soldiers were killed by mercenaries, hired by the Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Region, Ihor Kolomoyskyi; he is also the owner of PrivatBank.

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