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Journalists lack knowledge of social media and propaganda: the results of the Presidential election campaign monitoring were published

On May 20, 2019, the coalition of civic organizations “Ukrainian Commission on Journalism Ethics”, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute”, and StopFake, with the support of Council of Europe projects, held a final press conference on the results of the independent monitoring of media coverage of the presidential race in Ukraine. Final report on the results of independent monitoring of media coverage of the presidential election campaign in

Distortion: US Says Russia Will Help Ukraine

Russia must extend a hand to Ukraine’s new president and help the country, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi. Russian pro-Kremlin publications such as TASS, Ukraina.ru, and Tsargrad all claim that Pompeo urged Russia to take the initiative to break the deadlock in the situation and help the new Ukrainian president settle into his

Fake: Ukraine Has No Right to Use the Kerch Strait

Ukraine’s claims presented to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea concerning the country’s rights to the Kerch strait are completely inappropriate, declared Alexander Molokhov, the director of an international law working group, a wing of the so-called permanent representation of the Crimean republic to the Russian President.  Molokhov’s comments were a response to the May 10 International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea hearing Ukraine’s  case

Fake: EU Meets pro-Kremlin Night Wolves Bikers with Enthusiasm

Thousands of Russian bikers from the pro-Kremlin Night Wolves club arrived in the German capital on May 9 to lay flowers at Soviet war memorials in Berlin, pro-Kremlin publications announced last week. The Wolves were enthusiastically welcomed in all European Countries through which they traveled during their two week trip. “The flow of people into the memorial keeps growing, many are carrying the Russian tricolor, victory banners, some are dressed

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Fake: Kyiv recognizes that Russia is protecting Donbas residents. Distortion: US delegation leader condemns NATO actions in the Black Sea. Touted Russian robot turns out to be… Korean

Fake: Kyiv Recognizes that Russia is Protecting Donbas Residents

This week several pro-Kremlin publications declared that Ukraine admitted that Moscow is really protecting the residents of Russian occupied Donbas. Ukraina.ru and Luga news write that official Kyiv recognizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s May 1 decree to ease the procedure for obtaining Russian passports for Donbas residents is aimed at protecting the citizens of his country. This admission is attributed to Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories Yuriy

Manipulation: US Delegation Leader Condemns NATO Actions in the Black Sea

Pro-Kremlin media disseminated stories this week claiming that a US delegation visiting Crimea had expressed concern about NATO’s actions in the Black Sea, thereby expressing the views of the international community.  Bruce Gagnon, one of the organizers of the delegation’s trip to Russian annexed Crimea also visited Moscow and St. Petersburg . Gagnon, who criticized NATO’s presence in the Black Sea is notorious for some of his earlier statements, such

Fake: Ukraine’s New Language Law Violates Country’s Constitution, Violators Criminally Liable

On April 25 the Ukrainian Parliament passed a new language law and Russian media went apoplectic with new doom and gloom predictions and condemnations.  The law violates Ukraine’s Constitution, they wailed, Russian speakers will be discriminated against and their rights will be violated, they warned, the pro-Kremlin publication Ukraina.ru even declared that the new law violates scores of international agreements and treaties that Ukraine was party to. The president of

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