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StopFake #209 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Hungarian teenagers kill Ukrainian boy in Transcarpathia. Germany supports Crimea annexation. Ukraine secretly cedes its borders to the EU. Schools of hate: fakes and manipulation about Ukrainian boot camps for children.

Schools of Hate: Fakes and Manipulation about Ukraine Boot Camps for Children

Scores of Russian online media aimed to scare their readers last week with headlines such as Barracks for children, western media see Ukrainian Nazism, and Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children schooled in hate and war. These manipulative stories about Ukrainian scout style summer camps claim that hundreds of thousands of children are being prepared for war and taught to shoot guns. The Russian articles are based on an October

Fake: Ukraine Secretly Cedes its Borders to the EU

Propagandist Russian publication Ukraina.ru announced that passengers at Kyiv and Odesa airports were being screened by border guards from EU countries. “Polish, Lithuanian and even Italian border guards are checking Ukrainian passengers traveling to Europe” Ukraina.ru claims. Rambler.ru, Politmir, Newsfront, Strana.ua, Sputnik and other pro-Kremlin media dutifully disseminated this fake. Ukraina.ru claims that foreign border guards are questioning Ukrainians about their trips to Europe and looking for violations of EU

Fake: Germany Supports Crimea Annexation

Germany supports Russia’s annexation of Crimea and is ready to take steps towards recognizing the Russian status of the peninsula. Members of the German parliament are poised to gradually recognize the Ukrainian peninsula as part of Russia. On November 3 scores of pro-Kremlin media featured these sensational headlines, starting with the Russian daily newspaper Izvestia, followed by the Russian Defense Ministry television station Zvezda, Rambler, Kriminform and others. No matter

StopFake #208 with Marko Suprun

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister wants to root out Russian passport holders. EU warns Ukraine against militarization of Azov sea. Finnish court smacks three pro-Kremlin trolls with hefty fine for harassing and slandering a journalist investigating Russia’s troll internet army.

Fake: Hungarian Teenagers Kill Ukrainian Boy in Transcarpathia

Social media, chat rooms and regional Ukrainian media all circulated stories claiming that a Ukrainian boy was cruelly murdered by Hungarian youths in a village near Berehovo in Transcarpathia. This information first appeared on Facebook on October 30 but was soon deleted. Soon thereafter the claim appeared on the Politiko social forum under the name Nadia Smereka. This posting is the only notification from Nadia Smereka on the Politiko site.

Fake: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Wants to Root out Russian Passport Holders

All Ukrainian citizens who also have Russian passports will be rooted out – stories with such headlines were featured in the scores of pro-Kremlin media on October 30 from Ukraina.ru to Gazeta.ru, NTV and others, citing Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin who allegedly  said “Let those who have Russian passports surrender them, otherwise we will root them out.” The publication Politnavigator went even further and claimed that Ukraine was about

StopFakeNews #207 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Majority of Ukrainians consider Donbas conflict a civil war. Crimea beats record for number of tourists. Using the army to return Crimea to Ukraine. Did the deputy minister really say that? StopFake News #207 with Marko Suprun.

Fake: EU Warns Ukraine against Militarization of Azov Sea   

  The European Union is speaking out against Ukraine’s military buildup in the Azov Sea, declared the pro-Kremlin internet publication Ukraina.ru on October 23. The EU expressed dissatisfaction with the growing number of Ukrainian military vessels in the sea and even warned Ukraine against increasing its military presence there, the publication claimed. Other pro-Kremlin media such as RIA Novosti, RBK and TASS carried the same story, albeit with less accusatory headlines,

Fake: Majority of Ukrainians Consider Donbas Conflict a Civil War

In a tried and true manner pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru distorted the words of a European political analyst to declare that the majority of Ukrainians do not believe Ukrainian authorities’ statements about Russian aggression in the east of the country and 63 percent of them consider the conflict to be a civil war. In fact Simon Weiss, a fellow at the German think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, said that most Ukrainians

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