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Fake: NATO Preparing for War with Russia

NATO has begun preparations for a full scale war against Russia, scores of Russian sites declared as 2019 was drawing to a close. The Russian General Staff is confident that NATO is getting ever closer to Russia and increasing its presence along Russian borders in order to draw the Kremlin into World War III, Russian experts claim. Western leaders no longer hide their Russophobia as they continue to militarize the

Fake: National Security Chief Urges Ukraine to Prepare for War with Russia

Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda published a news story claiming that Ukraine’s National Security Council Secretary Oleksander Turchynov urged Ukrainians to prepare for war with Russia. The claim however is based on a blatant distortion of what Turchynov actually said. Turchynov described huge Russian troop movements that indicated potential Russian incursions and said Ukrainians should be prepared for more war – as they have had to be since the

Russian Media Distorts Ukrainian Position on the War in Eastern Ukraine

The website Ukraina.ru published an article this week entitled “Kiev promises a quick military victory in the Donbas”. According to the article, Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials are confident of conducting a “lightning war with Russia in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics”. The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR, LNR) are what Russian supported separatists are calling the territories they’ve occupied in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukraina.ru article references Ukrainian television channel

Russian Media Misrepresent German Article about Ukrainian President

Russian media misrepresented an article by Nina Jeglinski published in Bavarian newspaper Mittelbayerische Zeitung by stating that the journalist predicted the forthcoming resignation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. On August 23, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency posted an article claiming that Jeglinski had written: “Ukrainians more than once proved that their patience is exhaustible and they are ready to oust their president.” Based on this, RIA Novosti then concluded that,

Fake Quotes Attributed to Famous Singer

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. 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. However, Hnatiuk’s concert manager, Yaroslav Tsyba,

Fake: Millions of Russian Citizens in Ukraine to Be Interned

On May 12, Sputniknews falsely reported that a bill has come into effect in Ukraine that could send “millions of Russian citizens” in the country to special internment camps. “If the bill is approved, millions of Russian citizens residing in Ukraine will be interned in special camps as war prisoners,” the article states. According to Sputniknews, the bill “provides for the compulsory internment in special camps of foreign nationals residing

Navigating the ‘Arm Ukraine’ Debate

There has been a lot of debate in the Western press over whether to supply Ukraine with defensive arms. How to make sense of all the editorialising? Which op-eds and columns should one take seriously? Consider the following questions. 1. Has the author published anything about Ukraine prior to 2013? This war is not being fought in a vacuum. Knowledge of the ‘theatre’ of conflict matters. Abstract models and theoretical

Russia’s War on Information

Russian President Vladimir Putin has nearly completed his purge of independent news media in Russia.  “This is not just a war of information,” says one keen analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  “It is a war on information.” The latest casualties are two of the last major sources of independent news in Russia. Last month, Dozhd TV was booted from cable television channels and lost its office space, and a wave of pink slips from its

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