On August 17, the Antifacist website falsely reported that Ukrainian People’s Artist Mykola Hnatiuk had accused Ukrainian and Western media of “stirring up war in the East of Ukraine.” It claimed that the famous Soviet-era singer had done so via social media.

antifashist.com website screenshot

antifashist.com website screenshot

The singer’s “statements” then spread through social networks and were reposted by Informbureau, Political overview, cont.ws, universe-tss.su,usapolitics.ru, and Kubanian news, among otheres.

infromburo.dn.ua website screenshot

infromburo.dn.ua website screenshot

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kubnews.ru website screenshot

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politobzor.net website screenshot

However, Hnatiuk’s concert manager, Yaroslav Tsyba, told StopFake that the singer had made no such comments.

“This is a usual fake, a provocation,” Tsyba said. “He never stated that. I just do not know who made up all this nonsense and for what reason.”

Hnatiuk’s official website states that the singer “does not have any pages on social networks” and “has not been granting any interviews for two years.”

nikolaygnatyuk.com website screenshot

nikolaygnatyuk.com website screenshot

Attributing false quotes to well-known people and celebrities is a common method for quickly spreading misinformation.