Fake: Accident at the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant, Evacuations Underway

On September 23 various social media networks featured claims of radioactive fallout at the Rivne nuclear power plant in western Ukraine resulting in the evacuation of people in the town of Varash. In fact there was no nuclear incident, no radiation had been leaked and there was no evacuation underway. The fake claims were denied by Ukrainian authorities. Several social media news accounts announced that the third block of the

Manipulation: Ukrainian Military Bombed Snizhne

Russian and pro-Kremlin media Pro Donbas, Monitor.UA, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Donetskoye Agentstvo Novostey, Antifascist and others have marked the sixth anniversary of the bombing of Snizhne, a town in Donetsk oblast by claiming that Ukrainian military are responsible for the bombing. “On July 15 the residents of Snizhne have been coming to Lenin Street No. 14 to lay flowers and honor the memory of those killed in the Ukrainian air strike

Fake: Ukraine Throws Russian Language Teachers Behind Bars

Russian media reacted to the detention of teacher Tatyana Kuzmych in the Black Sea port of Kherson by declaring that Ukraine was beginning punitive actions aimed at eradicating the Russian language in the country. Publications such as Tsargrad, Politnavigator, Federalnoye Agentstvo Novostey, Novoross Info, Yandex and other implied that Kuzmych was arrested because she teaches Russian, but according to Ukrainian authorities,  the teacher was detained because she is suspected of

Fake: Ukrainian Military Abandon Positions after Separatist Issued Ultimatum

In fact, Ukrainian military continue to remain at their positions. Ukrainian, Russian and pro-Kremlin media all disseminated stories claiming that Ukrainian armed forces had abandoned their fortified positions near the city of Horlivka at the request of the Denis Pushilin, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The first to feature this fake story was the site, EADdaily, Stena, UAZMI, Novorossia, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Krasnaya Vesna, Vchasno and

Fake: Ukraine to Be Bridgehead for US Nuclear Strike on Russia

Russian media reacted to the recent presence of US military aircraft in Ukrainian airspace by claiming that the flights were practice runs for an air attack in which Ukraine would serve as a bridgehead for an American nuclear strike against Russia. On September 4 three US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers flew from the UK to southeastern Ukraine where they circled along the coast of the Azov Sea in an

Fake: Ukrainian First Graders Can’t Count Past a Hundred

A recent article in the Russian online newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda claimed that Ukrainian first graders can’t count beyond one hundred and Ukrainian schools are incapable of teaching students anything apart from a “patriotic education.”  The article, an interview with Russian political analyst Rostyslav Ishchenko decries the growing presence of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine’s education system and claims that the lack of Russian in Ukrainian schools will bring down the

StopFake will participate in the media coverage monitoring of the local elections with the support of the EU and the Council of Europe

On 7 September 2020 the coalition of civil society organisations consisting of Journalism Ethics Commission, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Institute of Media and Communication”, “Stop Fake (Ukraine)” and association “Women in media” with the support of the Project “European Union and Council of Europe working together to support freedom of media in Ukraine” is launching the monitoring of media coverage of 2020 local elections in Ukraine. The aim of the monitoring is

The spirit of „Solidarity” – Polish PM’s article in Ukrainian media

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki published a special article in foreign media for the 40th anniversary of the “Solidarity”. In Ukraine, it was published by one of the biggest portals “European Truth” (Yevropeyska Pravda). Three days before the 40th anniversary of the creation of “Solidarity” movement, Ukrainian media published the translation of Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki’s article “The spirit of Solidarity is necessary for today’s Europe” (in Ukraine it was

The legend of Polish „Solidarity” in the heart of Kyiv

Anna Walentynowicz, the legendary figure of Polish “Solidarity” had Ukrainian roots. Today, she can be not only Polish hero, but also Ukrainian and her memory can bring our nations closer. The exhibition about “Anna Solidarity” is presented in Kyiv thanks to Polish Institute’s initiative. On 31st August 2020 in Kyiv the exhibition “Anna Walentynowicz – the hero of two nations” was opened. Its main initiator and organiser is Polish Institute

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