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