Tag "Life News"

Fake: Donbas Displaced Person Attacked for Speaking Russian

Scores of Russian media featured stories this week claiming that a man displaced by the war in Donbas currently living in the small northern Ukrainian town of Buymer in Sumy province was attacked for speaking Russian. As a result of the attack, the man allegedly suffered a torn mouth. Russia’s Defense Ministry’s organ Zvezda, Komsomolskaya Pravda ad Life all featured this glaring fake. The source of this story was a

Fake: Shevchenko Statue Demolished in Zaporizhzhia Region

On February 6, Ukrainian and Russian media actively spread the news that a monument to Ukraine’s national poet Taras Shevchenko was demolished in Tokmak, a city in the  Zaporizhzhia region. Tokmak City Council Member Vadym Lukash said this decision was taken solely by the city’s mayor, without explaining anything to the city council. The story then took on a life of its own, various versions of why the statute was

“Separatism” in Lviv – For Money and Russian Propaganda

Western leaders putting pressure on Ukraine to accede to Russian demands and offer the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ autonomy would be well-advised to notice all the other parts of Ukraine which, according to Russian media, are also demanding self-rule. Around 20 people staged a blitzkrieg demonstration with banners demanding greater autonomy for Halychyna [Western Ukraine] on July 17.  The action lasted no more than 5 minutes, but was

Lifenews Misinforms about “Desertion” of General

On June 22, the Russian television channel Lifenews informed its viewers that Alexander Kolomiets, a Ukrainian Major-General in the reserves, had deserted his position in order to join the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” But Lifenews completely mislead about the actual standing of the deserter, presenting him as an acting assistant secretary of defense in Ukraine. The report stated: “Kolomiets decided to interrupt his successful career, and he evacuated his family

Russian Media Misrepresent Protester Demands in Donetsk

On June 15, Russian and separatist mass media reported on a spontaneous protest that took place in Donetsk. City inhabitants were demanding that the Ukrainian military stop shelling the city. But this was one of several protester demands, and the majority of Russian media omitted reporting the rest. As reported, the people asked the local, self-proclaimed authorities to resettle them away from the Oktiabrskiy area, near the Donetsk airport, which

Russia’s pro-Putin media darling loves his new life in Brooklyn — minus the hipsters

His father is a multi-millionaire media mogul who has called Vladimir Putin the “father of the nation.” At 24, he founded LifeNews, a news organization with a formidable reputation for breaking news and offering up a servile attitude toward the Kremlin that has won it fortune and infamy. By propagating populist messages and railing against Putin opponents and American imperialism, he and his father have built a tabloid empire that

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