FAKE: The anti-aircraft regiment voluntarily laid down its arms and surrendered in Kharkiv region
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FAKE: The anti-aircraft regiment voluntarily laid down its arms and surrendered in Kharkiv region

3 March 2022
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Debunking fake news in partnership with Facebook.

There is information on social media that the 302nd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment voluntarily laid down its arms in the Kharkiv region. Allegedly, 471 fighters surrendered, all of them were detained, said the representative of Russia’s Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov. This “news” was spread by such Russian propaganda resources as “Russia Today”, “TASS”, “Lenta.ru”, “Regnum” and others.

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This is a fake. It was debunked by the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleh Synegubov and the Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

“None of the warriors of Ukraine’s Armed Forces has laid down his arms. All Ukrainian servicemen are in their battle positions, we are defending our native Kharkiv region and destroying the enemy. Russia is actively spreading the fake that the 302nd Anti-Aircraft Regiment has been detained in the Kharkiv region. This is a fake! Russia is trying to shake faith in our forces,” the statement said.

Before that, on the morning of Feb. 27, Russian military light vehicles broke through in Kharkiv, including the central part of the city.

The occupiers have been shelling Kharkiv constantly since Feb. 25. According to the Ministry of Defense, on Feb. 28, the Russian Tu-22m3 missile bomber fired 16 missiles at residential areas of Kharkiv. Nine people were killed and 37 were injured, including three children. On March 1, the occupiers launched a new missile strike on the city center, including the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration and Freedom Square. Ten people were killed and more than 35 were injured.

Reliable information about the course of the war can be found on these sources:

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