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Fake: Ukraine Does Not Want to Claim its POW’s from Occupied Territories

Kyiv is not interested in freeing Ukrainian citizens who were taken prisoner by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR, LPR). This claim has become a favorite trope of Russian and separatist propagandist media. On June 19 the so-called Justice Ministry of the DPR again declared that official Kyiv does not intend to free those prisoners and has “once again thwarted the exchange of prisoners”. RIA Novosti, Ukraina.ru, Regnum

Fake: University of Turin Recognizes so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Diplomas

Last week Italian national Maurizio Marrone announced that the University of Turin would recognize certificates from the universities of the so-called Donetsk people’s Republic. Maurizio Marrone is the president of the so-called Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in Italy and a research doctor at the University of Turin. This news was published on the Facebook page of the DPR representation and two local Turin newspapers. For the first

Fake: Plague Epidemic amongst Ukrainian Soldiers

The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is disseminating a fake story claiming that the plague has broken out among Ukraine’s military in the southeastern port city of Mariupol. During his recent briefing, DNR representative Eduard Basurin announced that Mariupol hospitals are filled to capacity with soldiers suffering from tularemia, a “light form of the plague”. The infection is quickly becoming an epidemic and several marines have already died, Basurin claimed. This

Fake: American Snipers in the Donbas

Russian media is awash with stories that American snipers  are fighting on the Ukrainian side in the eastern occupied territories.  The source for this claim is the intelligence service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and its spokesman Eduard Basurin. The video broadcast on Russian national television channel REN TV shows Basurin reading from a piece of paper, announcing that the DPR intelligence service has located snipers who arrived

Fake: Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Invites Separatist Militants to Join Its Ranks

The Russian site Ukraina.ru published a story this week claiming that Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko invited separatist militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to join the Ukrainian armed forces. The Donetsk People’s Republic website also disseminated this fake story,while Russia’s federal information agency Rosbalt went even further, announcing that Ukraine called on the separatists to turn themselves in together with tanks and APCs. What Lysenko actually

Fake: Luhansk People’s Republic Opens Consulate in Austria

Following in the footsteps of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic recently opening a consulate in the Czech city of Ostrava, which the Czech Republic does not recognize, Ukraine’s other Russian supported separatist enclave, the Luhansk People’s Republic declared that it too was opening a consulate in Austria. Sputnik, RIA Novosti, Ukraina.ru as well as some Ukrainian media all announced the opening of an LPR office in Austria. Alfred Almeder, an

Fake: Donetsk People’s Republic office to open in Czech Republic

The first ever office of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) will open in Europe, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this unrecognized separatist entity. This will be the first officially registered DNR office in Europe and its official representative in CZ is Nela Liskova, a leader of the Czech public organization Narodni Domobrana (People’s Militia), writes the DRN site. Liskova is referred to as the DNR Honorary consul in

Fake: Separatist buried alive in Ukraine

Social media and Russian sites are actively reposting a video which allegedly shows a separatist being buried alive in Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry television station Zvezda announces: A video has appeared on the web showing unknown persons in camouflage presumably executing a DNR (Donetsk People’s republic) or LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic) militant on Ukrainian territory.” The video Zvezda refers to first appeared on YouTube on June 20, 2016 but was later

Fake: Nadiya Savchenko Advocates Amnesty for Donbas Separatists

Russian government funded cable and satellite television network RT, citing another official news agency,  RIA Novosti, broadcast a story claiming that recently released from Russian custody Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko called for amnesty for Donbas separatist militants supported by Russia. Lenta.ru, Kommersant.ru, Ukraina.ru reprinted this story. “Yes. Because there are a lot of stupid guys there who just came to shoot” RIA Novosti quotes Savchenko’s response to a

Fake: Drunken US mercenaries on a rampage in Mariupol

Last week several Russian media, including RIA Novosti, cited Eduard Basurin, the so-called “deputy chief of staff of the Donetsk Peoples Republic militia” who said that 17 American citizens from a private military company provoked a conflict with the residents of Mariupol.   Basurin said: “17 soldiers from a private military company were noticed in the “Port city” night club in Mariupol. Presumably, they are citizens of the United States.

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