On April 20th, Russian NTV channel’s regular show “Chrezvychajnoe Proisshestviye” [English: “Extreme Incident”] showed a woman, who allegedly resides in the city of Kramatorsk; she spoke of hiding from bombs in her basement. Main idea of the storyline: National Guard opened deadly fire on the civilians of cities Kramatorsk and Mariupol. A journalist’s voice-over states: “Many [people], in order to survive the so-called anti-terrorist operation, are literally ready to go underground.”

Later on, this supposed resident of Kramatorsk (Donetsk region), Ludmila Zhuromskaya, leads the NTV film crew to her basement, and comments: “this house was built by my grandmother and grandfather, who both went through the Great Patriotic War. They never imagined that we would later need this basement as a bomb-shelter. In a peaceful time, in 21st century Ukraine, we are hiding from bombings in a basement.”

Screenshot of NTV story

Screenshot of NTV story

 

Screenshot of NTV story

Screenshot of NTV story

NTV show’s story begins at 3 minutes, 9 seconds, and Ludmila Zhuromskaya appears at 10 minutes, 20 seconds:

This supposed resident of Kramatorsk, Ludmila Zhuromskaya, was recognized by residents of Terpinnya village, Zaporiz’ka region, as one of their own: she is a secretary in a local co-op. ICTV journalists visited Ludmila in her village, which is located 300km from Kramatorsk; pretending to be Russian journalists, they asked her to tell her story again. The woman answered: “I don’t mind, but not now. Why? Because after the last coverage there was big trouble. Here, nobody understood me. Ours is a very difficult village – I can’t show my face, folks.”

Screenshot of ICTV story

Screenshot of ICTV story

However, Ludmila’s husband was not opposed to repeating her words on camera, or to showing the film crew that very “bomb-shelter”, which his wife lied about: “My wife and I hide there. Say that we hide together, the two of us.”

Screenshot of ICTV story

Screenshot of ICTV story

Story by Ukrainian channel, in which journalists exposed the “actress”:

Ludmila and her husband receive monetary compensation for their fictional stories.