UPDATED. Provocation and Disinformation Overview
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UPDATED. Provocation and Disinformation Overview

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13 January 2023
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russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on January 13

  • US TV presenter and actress Mindy Robinson said Zelensky uses fraudulent international aid schemes to launder US taxpayers’ money, spreading fake news about Ukraine.
  • “Ambulances” appeared in Odesa that Ukraine’s Armed Forces service members used to carry out covert mobilization.
  • The new CMU resolution is again trying to introduce the mass mobilization of women.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Mindy Robinson is a journalist for The DC Patriot, a US publication. This media outlet with low-quality coverage spreads fake news, propaganda, and disinformation. Therefore, this journalist’s allegations are merely part of the russian narrative about the Ukrainian authorities profiting from the war. The purpose of this narrative is to discredit Ukraine primarily in the eyes of Western partners and shake the Ukrainians’ confidence in the authorities’ actions in wartime.
  • No Ukrainian media outlet, including those in Odesa, reported on such “ambulances.” Therefore, it is most likely a russian propaganda fabrication to divert attention from russia’s hidden mobilization and shift the emphasis onto the forced mobilization reportedly underway in Ukraine. In fact, the mobilization in Ukraine continues officially until February 19, as established by the presidential decree. Currently, mobilization in Ukraine primarily concerns those with combat and military experience.
  • According to the resolution, women having a medical or pharmaceutical specialty can undergo military registration (i.e., being only registered, not sent to the front lines!). Also, women with specialties/professions related to the corresponding military registration specialty can register voluntarily.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on January 12

  • The Armed Forces planned an attack on the russian cities of rostov-on-don and taganrog. The AFU’s map found in the Avdiivka area arguably proves this.
  • Mariupol residents have been massively receiving keys to new homes in the city. According to them, the locality has never had such beautiful houses, surrounded by lovely terrain, exercise equipment, and playgrounds.
  • Kyiv has begun experiencing a shortage of food products. Photos of spoiled vegetables from the capital’s supermarkets were provided to prove this.

Now the TRUTH:

  • It is not the first time that russian propaganda has published various falsified “evidence” that Ukraine was or still is preparing for an attack on russia’s territory. These pseudo-facts are needed to justify the continuation of the war and russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Naturally, the Armed Forces have no such plans. Instead, Ukraine is fighting to liberate its territories from 1991, occupied by russia since 2014.
  • Media stories about people in Mariupol receiving new apartments are probably staged and have nothing to do with the city’s reality, which the russian invaders almost totally destroyed. The town has no heat, water, and electricity supply, with most of the residential buildings being unfit for habitation. In fact, russia is not rebuilding them. The russian occupation authorities built several new houses to make staged videos there, but russia did not carry out any actual reconstruction of the city.
  • There is no shortage of products in Kyiv. Videos and photos of rotten vegetables do not prove the lack because the footage is utterly devoid of context. It could have been shot in any supermarket in any Ukrainian city. However, even then, it does not mean a shortage. Supermarkets often display damaged or expired products at lower prices to sell the leftover products. Or the vegetables could have been significantly damaged during transportation or improper storage (in particular, due to the lack of electricity after russian shellings). There could be many versions of why spoiled vegetables are in the photo, but none confirm the deficit of products in Kyiv or Ukraine in general.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on January 11

  • Ukraine will start sending those aged 16 to the front lines. The Cabinet of Ministers issued a corresponding resolution.
  • After the New Year, men are more actively caught on the streets and immediately sent to the hottest spots on the front lines, even without preparation. Numerous online photos and videos are evidence of this.
  • Business entities received “orders” to send 100 people to the front lines. If a company does not have 100 men, women are mobilized.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Current Ukrainian laws provide that citizens of Ukraine aged 18, fit for service, and not entitled to be exempted or deferred from conscription can be drafted to serve at the front lines. Furthermore, such individuals can be mobilized only after primarily drafting those with military experience. After they turn 17, individuals can only be entered into the military register as stipulated by the new CNU resolution. According to it, draftees aged 16 (in the year they turn 17) to 27 can undergo military registration (not be immediately sent to the front lines!),  and draftees and reservists who have not reached the maximum age of being in reserve (which, as a rule, is 60-65 years old).
  • The Armed Forces said no increase in conscription is planned for the near future. However, it can happen if the situation at the front lines changes unpredictably. Military personnel also need to be rotated, which is entirely normal. In Ukraine, people with military experience are primarily mobilized, with priority given to ATO and JFO participants. However, Ukraine’s president, military, and political leadership have not announced such changes.
  • The new CMU resolution includes no so-called “mobilization orders” or provisions regarding 100 mobilized men from one business entity. The changes in the decree primarily concerned state authorities and companies, not citizens. From now on, the Unified State Register of conscripts, individuals eligible for military service, and reservists will be used to carry out the military registration of Ukrainians. Information will be exchanged between all state authorities based on this Register, including enlistment offices, local self-government bodies, employers, courts, national police bodies, civil registration bodies, employment centers, etc. Company heads and HR staff will handle the organization and maintenance of military records. The duties are transferred to the employee who keeps employee records if a company has no HR department. Military records will be maintained based on Ukrainian passport data and military registration documents.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on January 10

  • russia’s security council secretary, nikolai patrushev, said most Ukrainians might have already understood that the West is fighting against russia with their hands but are afraid to talk about it out loud.
  • In addition, patrushev repeated that russia was not at war with Ukraine because russia could not have hatred for ordinary Ukrainians.
  • In Ukraine, a summons can be served through the Diia or Privat24 apps.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Patrushev is lying: the latest December 2022 polls by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation show that 93% of Ukrainians believe in Ukraine’s victory. At the same time, Ukrainians consider Western partners (both NATO and the EU) guarantors of Ukraine’s security in the future and a guarantee of rebuilding the country’s economy.
  • This allegation is utterly cynical because russia attacked Ukraine, announcing it directly on February 24, 2022. Then russia launched the so-called “special military operation.” Only later, having suffered dozens of failures at the front lines and lost thousands of soldiers and equipment, russia had to change its rhetoric and begin talking about a war with the West, not with Ukraine. After all, losing a fight to the collective West is not as shameful for russia as losing to Ukraine.
  • CMU resolution No. 1487 of December 30, 2022, introduces more serious military registration controls and should streamline the procedure through digitization. Conscripts will indeed be able to send their data to the enlistment offices via the Diia service, e.g., regarding a change of residence. However, it remains unknown when the military registration procedure will be available in Diia and how long it will take for the Register to synchronize with Diia. The Digitization Ministry explains that there is currently no resolution for the summonses to be sent through Diia, and the Ministry’s plans do not include such tasks. A new service yet to appear in Diia is an electronic military ID, and how this service will be implemented has yet to be announced.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on January 9

  • Henry Kissinger believes peace is possible only if Ukraine is neutral and does not join NATO.
  • Ukraine is waging war against monuments: this time, they decided to dismantle the monument to Soviet airborne troops commander general Vasyl Margelov in Dnipro.
  • Zelensky refused the truce to continue to enrich himself during the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Firstly, in one of his last columns, Kissinger stated instead that Kyiv can no longer be neutral and is an integral part of the NATO security system. And secondly, Kissinger often talks about the concessions that Ukraine must make and the terms of the truce to prevent an escalation of the conflict and the involvement of other actors in it. Therefore, Kissinger’s words sound well-aimed only for russian propaganda, but they do not align with Ukraine’s genuine interests.
  • “War with monuments” is a euphemism invented by rosprop to degrade the value of Ukraine’s fighting on the cultural front. The so-called “war on monuments” is Ukraine’s attempt to break historical ties with russia. For centuries, russia imposed its culture on us, depriving us of our independence. Eliminating references to hostile culture is an integral part of Ukraine’s path to freedom from russia.
  • Russian propaganda invented several versions of Zelensky’s rejecting a truce: either the Western partners supporting Nazism in Ukraine did not allow it, or Zelensky was ready to fight to the last Ukrainian, destroying the Ukrainian nation. According to a third version, a truce is unsuitable for Zelenskyi because peace will allegedly leave him without a source of enrichment. However, this allegation is baseless and utterly devoid of logic. Ukraine loses billions of dollars due to the war daily, in particular, because of destroyed Ukrainian homes, infrastructure, roads, hospitals, schools, and the killing of thousands of Ukrainians, which is russia’s sole responsibility. Ukraine will need years to recover and billion-dollar investments and foreign support to at least return to pre-war levels. It would be a highly doubtful way to get rich.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on January 7

  • There is an outbreak of tuberculosis among the Armed Forces members. Due to an unspoken order, they are not allowed to leave to get treatment.
  • Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbock also spoke out against the Christmas truce because the Germans are descendants of the Nazis, who even now support the Nazi regime in Ukraine, as stated by dmitry medvedev.
  • Zelensky once again rejected the hope for peace with russia, refusing the “Christmas truce” offered by putin.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Russian propaganda is again spreading the myth that there is arguably a tuberculosis outbreak among the Armed Forces members. The same rosprop “outbreak” occurred in May 2022. The information disseminated by pro-russian platforms does not correspond to reality and has no confirmation whatsoever. The purpose of such statements is to demoralize and spread panic among the military.
  • Annalena Baerbock has nothing to do with Nazi Germany of the first half of the 20th century, and medvedev’s comparison is utterly absurd, as are all other russian statements regarding Nazism in Ukraine. Russia has been fabricating them but has never been able to prove them, so the question arises: is there really Nazism in Ukraine? As for the so-called “Christmas truce,” it is primarily russia’s cynicism that cannot guarantee a regime of silence, firing at Ukraine and killing the civilian population, including on religious holidays.
  • The so-called “Christmas truce” announced by putin unilaterally had nothing to do with reality. Firstly, the russian army continued shelling on Christmas Day. Secondly, in response to putin’s hypocritical statement, the Office of the President of Ukraine once again emphasized that the ceasefire conditions would include the complete withdrawal of russian troops from Ukrainian lands within the 1991 borders.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on January 6

  • The Banderites declared war on Orthodoxy because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had never worked for putin.
  • The SBU continued to “terrorize” churches even during Christmas, mainly because of the believers’ desire to study in their native russian language.
  • Residents of Kupyansk say the russians did not terrorize the local population at all, and the stories about torture and murder are Ukrainian propaganda delusions.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The russian orthodox church (ROC) led by moscow patriarch kirill actually supported the russian invasion of Ukraine. Congratulating on Christmas, russian president vladimir putin said, among other things, that russian church organizations supported the participants of the so-called “special military operations” in Ukraine.
  • The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) investigators checking churches and other buildings of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (moscow patriarchate) report finding pro-Kremlin literature during the searches. In the liberated territories, they discover former warehouses of the occupying authorities and russian symbols.
  • Such interviews with residents of Kupyansk are only disseminated by pro-russian sources, making it impossible to determine in detail who gave the interview and whether it was fabricated. On the other hand, according to the official reports of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the President, the Ministry of Reintegration, and other numerous state institutions of Ukraine, dozens of crimes are known to have been committed by the russian occupiers in the Kharkiv region. The exhumation of the bodies made it possible to establish traces of torture and discover torture chambers in some buildings.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on January 3

  • If Zelensky had made russian the second state language, there would have been no war, but the Americans forbade him to do that.
  • The law on media does not contribute to Ukraine’s European integration of Ukraine but contradicts it.
  • The hotel in Kyiv that russia destroyed with rockets on December 31 was not operating, housing UAVs for the Armed Forces instead. According to another version, military personnel was stationed in the hotel. 

Now the TRUTH:

  • Firstly, Ukrainians do not want russian to be the second state language. Even in 2012, only a quarter of the population supported giving russian the status of a second state language, and about half believed it could be made official only in those regions where most people wanted that. By 2020, the share of supporters of the official status of russian in some areas had decreased to less than 20%. Already in March 2022, the share of supporters of Ukrainian as the only state language exceeded 80%.
  • The Media Law is only a part of the media reform necessary for European integration, which has been under discussion since 2019. One of the most significant innovations this law will bring is regulating online media, which did not exist before. Even though it initially intended to regulate everything, including bloggers, the version adopted this year in first reading is much more moderate and reasonable. Therefore, the law has nothing to do with censorship and in no way contradicts Ukraine’s movement toward Europe.
  • There is no reason to claim that the hotel, destroyed in Kyiv on December 31 as a result of russian missile fire, was used for deploying military personnel or storing drones. On December 31, russian rockets also damaged a commercial building and a car in the Holosiivsky district of Kyiv, and a private residential building and the Adler hotel in the Solomyanskyi district. Two schools and a kindergarten in the Solomyanskyi district and another school in the Pecherskyi district, suffered varying degrees of damage. Missile fragments were also found on the street in the Dniprovskyi district of Kyiv. Notably, russia does not comment on the rest of the damage, which is another confirmation that the December 31 shelling was another act of russian terror against the civilian population.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on January 2

  • Ukrainians did not celebrate Stepan Bandera’s birthday on January 1 because George Soros did not allocate a grant for that purpose.
  • According to another version, Ukrainians did not organize mass celebrations of Stepan Bandera’s birthday because of the fear of being served with summonses.
  • On December 31, russia launched missile attacks exclusively on energy infrastructure and military facilities.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This year, Stepan Bandera’s birthday was not celebrated as widely as in previous years. However, philanthropist George Soros’s funding has nothing to do with it. Mass events in Ukraine hardly ever occur due to the constant risk of russian missile attacks. Regarding Soros, it is part of the russian narrative about our country’s external governance, according to which all social activists are called “little Sorosists,” i.e., those who live on funds from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Firstly, such a generalization does not make any sense because dozens of international organizations operating in Ukraine finance the activities of public activists. Secondly, the activities of the Open Society Foundations do not pose any threat to Ukraine. On the contrary, they work to develop democracy, protect human rights, help independent media operate, and ensure the growth of the Ukrainian economy. Mass events in Ukraine are currently limited due to the risk of russian shellings and potential mass casualties in crowded places. Therefore, the limited celebration of Stepan Bandera’s birthday was linked to the threat of russia’s missile attack. Regarding summonses, their delivery does not necessarily mean being sent to the front lines, and they can be served anywhere. However, it may mean that people must visit an enlistment center to verify credentials or undergo a medical examination.
  • On December 31, particularly on New Year’s Eve, russia attacked Ukraine with 45 drones. In addition to the Shaheed UAV attack on December 31, russia attacked Ukraine with 31 missiles, 12 air strikes, and over 70 strikes using multiple rocket launchers, as reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The civilian infrastructure of the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kyiv, Khmelnytskyi, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kherson regions was damaged. Two civilians were killed and 50  injured due to the russian shelling.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on December 31

  • Points of Invincibility have begun to charge for their services.
  • There are no men left in the Mykolaiv National Guard Brigade due to significant losses at the front lines. Because of this, the head of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, Vitalii Kim, was photographed only with the service members when greeting the brigade.
  • Transneft received applications from Germany and Poland for oil pumping in 2023, as announced by the company’s head, Nikolai Tokarev. Despite these countries’ statements about their reluctance to continue deliveries, Transneft received applications for December 2022 and the next year.

Now the TRUTH:

  • According to the official website, services provided by the Points of Invincibility are free and accessible 24/7. Recharging gadgets is also free of charge at the Points set up by private entrepreneurs. Other services might require payment based on the owners’ decision. The government has not informed us about any fees to be paid for entering the warm-up points.
  • On January 2, Vitalii Kim congratulated the National Guard members on the 31st anniversary of creating the 19th Mykolaiv Regiment of Public Order Protection (not the brigade, as the fake publication reported). Information about the event and the photos were published on the official Facebook page of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration. The post included nine pictures. In addition to the image with military personnel, there is a photo of the line-up and presentation of awards. Male and female service members attended the event. However, only two photos from this selection were shared online.
  • It is fake news. In a comment for Bloomberg, the German economy ministry spokeswoman said oil companies at the Leuna and Schwedt refineries would no longer order russian crude oil in the new year. And the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt (a city near the Polish border) “reserved capacity for Kazakh oil in the pipeline system” for January. Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen also said it would not renew a contract for russian oil expiring in January 2023, with a second long-term deal for russian oil to be discontinued after the imposition of sanctions.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on December 26

  • Of course, electricity is rarely available in the sleeping areas of Kyiv’s left bank. However, the right bank, where the President and the government sit, has no electricity problems whatsoever.
  • Ukrainians’ sufferings caused by blackouts do not make a single russian happy, including putin, as recently stated by propagandist margarita simonyan.
  • Losses of Ukrainian troops reached 140,000 service members.

Now the TRUTH:

  • No, blackouts work differently. Due to shelling and damage, there is an imbalance in the energy system, which can lead to large-scale accidents. Outages stabilize the power system. The lights are turned off on the right and left banks, the city center, and the outskirts. There are no areas that would not be disconnected based on prestige. However, due to the specifics of construction in Kyiv and other cities, some buildings’ power supply is not turned off during blackouts being integrated with infrastructure facilities.
  • What the russians write on social networks suggests the opposite. In their social media comments, russians are openly delighted at the shellings, blackouts, and even the killing of Ukrainians. Of course, russia’s leading propagandist cannot admit this in public. However, most russians support the continuation of the war, believing that killing Ukrainians (or rather, Nazis, “Ukrops,” and Ukrainian fascists) is not genocide but liberating the world from Nazism.
  • There is no reason to believe the data is reliable. Neither official Ukrainian sources nor independent foreign investigative journalists, military analysts, or intelligence agencies have made such information known. The latest official data was the Ukrainian army losses of 13,000 in the war started by russia, as reported by OPU adviser Mykhailo Podoliak.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 24

  • On December 24, Ukraine’s Armed Forces shelled the center of Kherson by Grad systems. According to another version, Kherson was shelled by HIMARS.
  • The West does not need all of Ukraine. It wants to destroy the entire infrastructure and cities during hostilities and then hand them over to russia, leaving the rest of Ukraine under the Yugoslav scenario.
  • Behind-the-scenes rumors spread about Zelensky allegedly promising US lobbyists an offensive in the winter. Therefore, the military commissioners must draft 50,000 new soldiers in December and January. Besides, covert mass mobilization continues all the time in Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On the morning of December 24 (on the eve of Christmas), russian troops shelled Kherson’s center using rocket launchers. According to Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, the head of the Kherson RMA press office, the shells hit the central market with a large number of people in it, and also a kindergarten and infrastructure facilities. Overall, the Kherson region was shelled 71 times on December 24. Sixteen people were killed and 64 injured, as reported by Yaroslav Yanushevich, the head of the Kherson RMA.
  • This allegation is devoid of logic. Western countries do not destroy our cities and infrastructure, but russia does. Instead, the West imposes sanctions on russia to limit its war-fighting capabilities and, at the same time, invests in the reconstruction of Ukraine. Unlike russia, none of the countries in the West has ever tried to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty or announced it would seek to seize certain territories, divide Ukraine, or detach some parts from it. What has been discussed, including in the EU, is that Ukraine can become part of the European family whole.
  • russian platforms are again spreading unsubstantiated rumors about covert mass mobilization in Ukraine. Photos and videos of men allegedly served with a summons are usually shown as proof. However, receiving a summons does not mean going to the frontline. In particular, summonses can be issued to verify data at the enlistment office or undergo a medical examination. The continuation of mobilization depends on the course of the war. Therefore, any forecasts are irrelevant. The President announces the mobilization by decree. General mobilization in Ukraine has been ongoing since February 24, 2022, and is periodically extended by presidential decrees. So far, mobilization has been prolonged for 90 days several times, being renewed for another 90 days (from November 21 until February 19).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on December 23

  • russia’s war against Ukraine is, in fact, part of the West’s plan to collapse russia. It all started in belarus in 2020 when the West launched a “color revolution” to oust Lukashenka and install a Western-controlled government. However, the attempt failed because of the people’s support and security forces that protected the state from a coup. So the West decided to organize a “Maidan” in Georgia in 2021, but this attempt was also unsuccessful. The next step was a “color revolution” in Kazakhstan in January 2022, but the CSTO suppressed the conflict.
  • During the event “Women of Ukraine – Heroes of the World” in Kyiv, female military uniforms were presented, meaning a “women’s draft” was planned.
  • “What to expect of some European countries, which at some point gave birth to National Socialism and fascism,” wrote Dmitry Medvedev in an article about the year 2022.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This is merely a conspiracy theory, i.e., an attempt to link events in a cause-and-effect way having no connection except for a coincidence in time. The West did not organize the protests against Lukashenka, and the Belarusians rose because of the falsified elections. However, the security forces suppressed the demonstrations. Unlike during the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, they did not side with the protesters remaining loyal to the authorities. Political repressions, falsification of criminal cases against activists, and mass arrests of those showing (however little) disrespect for Lukashenka’s totalitarian regime continue in belarus. In October 2021, protesters in Georgia demanded the release of Mikheil Saakashvili, who was arrested immediately after returning to the country. There is also no reason to believe that the protests were arranged from abroad. It all started in January 2022, with residents of one of Kazakhstan’s regions rallying against a sharp increase in the price of liquefied gas, commonly used to refuel cars in the region. In a couple of days, the protests spread to the entire country, and Kazakh authorities used force to stop them, particularly turning to the CSTO for help (which includes russia and belarus). However, the protests cannot be called fruitless because the Kazakhs succeeded in removing the Nazarbaev family from their long-term rule. Therefore, the accurate description of the events clearly suggests that the protests were always preceded by people’s dissatisfaction with the authorities’ actions. Furthermore, those actions were often illegal or contrary to public interests. In this case, no guidance from the West is needed since protests are a tool of the democratic (not totalitarian) world to express their disagreement with their government’s actions. Nevertheless, suppressing a protest by force signifies a totalitarian regime.
  • More than 40,000 women in Ukraine already serve in the Armed Forces, with 5,000 on the front lines. The event, “Women of Ukraine – Heroes of the World,” was dedicated to women already serving in the Ukrainian army. During the event, female military uniforms and ammunition were presented and later handed over to female members of Kyiv’s 112th Territorial Defense Brigade. So there is no reason to believe that this event means women will be sent en masse to the front lines.
  • The thing is that the emergence of these ideologies is the result of Hitler and Mussolini coming to power. Undoubtedly, the population’s support of these ideologies also played a role. However, their origins and spread were due to these movements’ leaders. By making such statements, Medvedev is trying to prove that the West still supports Nazism in Ukraine the way it did half a century ago. However, that is not true. Firstly, allegations about Nazism in Ukraine are absurd and have never been confirmed. Supporting Nazism and fascism is generally prohibited in Ukraine. Secondly, the West supports Ukraine’s pro-European and democratic development and its resistance against russia because it is the resistance of all of Europe against russia’s aggression. After all, the russian regime has much more in common with all the signs of fascism than Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on December 22

  • Only russia can restore Ukraine’s energy system.
  • In December, the Armed Forces destroyed the Artemsil plant near Bakhmut
  • Athens has become an accomplice of Ukrainian neo-Nazis, providing them with weapons, as stated by the official representative of russia’s foreign affairs ministry, Maria Zakharova. According to her, Kyiv is waging a criminal war against the civilian population of Donbas, the Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions, including ethnic Greeks living there.
  • 2023 and 2024 will be the years of prearranged famine. The Presidential Office and Zelensky convinced everyone that there would be no food shortages while continuing to sell wheat, exposing people to future starvation and hoping that the West would help.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The propaganda outlets are trying to prove that the complete occupation of Ukraine is inevitable. However, the life of Ukrainians will supposedly improve under occupation, which is not true. The de-occupation of many Ukrainian cities shows that the russian army established a dictatorship in the occupied territories, torturing and killing the civilian population, arranging covert mobilization, deporting Ukrainians to russia, robbing Ukrainian businesses, and forcing them to cooperate with russia. As for restoration, propagandists often demonstrate pictures of the alleged recovery of Mariupol. In reality, the city is not being rebuilt. Only a few stories about erecting new houses were filmed for TV. At the same time, the town remains destroyed and dead.
  • Shelling and destroying Artemsil began back in May when the russian strikes demolished the factory’s several buildings, and the production of salt stopped altogether. A few months later, russia tried to shift responsibility for destroying the Ukrainian plant onto the Armed Forces. By doing so, russia continues the narrative that the Armed Forces fire at peaceful objects while russia tries to protect them. As russia has no evidence, the reports are limited to baseless and unsubstantiated claims.
  • russian propaganda outlets are ready to accuse any country of supporting the brutality of the Armed Forces and Nazism in Ukraine. In particular, they put pressure by playing with the sense of ethnic belonging. Although the same logic could be used to say the russians have been shelling the east and south of Ukraine, where russians live while claiming to protect the russian-speaking population. By the way, the truth is that while Western countries support Ukraine in resisting russian aggression, russia is organizing a genocide of Ukraine’s population by shelling both military and civilian infrastructure.
  • russian media outlets are once again threatening Ukraine with famine, allegedly due to selling grain abroad. However, there is no reason to create a grain shortage or products derived from it, as Ukraine has been continuously exporting grain left over from last year’s harvest. Every year, Ukraine collects much more wheat than it needs for domestic consumption. Firstly, if this grain is not sold, it will simply spoil because that amount of grain is not required in Ukraine. Secondly, the continued grain export protects other countries dependent on Ukrainian agriculture from a food crisis. By blocking grain corridors, russia provokes hunger in the world. Thirdly, suppose there is a famine in Ukraine. In that case, it will be another doing by russia, which continues to attack grain storage facilities, food warehouses, and shell and mine the fields where agricultural companies have been growing their products for years.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 5 p.m. on December 21

  • The media law, aptly called by the West “worthy of the worst authoritarian regimes,” was adopted in a desperate attempt to cut off Ukrainians from any point of view other than the official one promoted by the government’s speakers.
  • Internet connection fees were doubled in Ukraine, so people would not read alternative news, being forced to watch TV exclusively.
  • russia’s defense minister Shoigu said the russian military is taking sufficient measures during the so-called “special operation” to save as many Ukrainian civilian lives as possible.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Restricting freedom of speech (as reported in the message) is censorship. It is prohibited in Ukraine, and the law on media does not cancel it. The law is supposed to define the concept of online media and make the structure of media ownership transparent and open, reducing the opportunities for political and oligarchic forces to influence the agenda of Ukrainians in their vested interest. Firstly, the state does not set Internet access fees, but private Internet service providers do. Secondly, increasing fees is not an attempt to limit Ukrainians’ Internet access and establish a “TV dictatorship.” The rise in prices is a consequence of russia’s war against Ukraine. Shelling and destroying the Internet providers’ infrastructure, rising prices for imported components due to the devaluation of the hryvnia, blackouts, and the need to invest in generators and other alternative power sources — all this is ultimately reflected in the price. However, russian media outlets are apparently hush-hush about it.
  • russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoigu openly lies because the russian army does nothing to save civilian lives. In addition to regular rocket attacks on civilian objects, it is worth mentioning the shelling of the “green corridors” and the mass torture in Bucha, Izium, Balakliia, Borodianka, and other de-occupied Ukrainian cities. Overall, this war does not make any sense for russia, except for the genocide and destruction of Ukrainians, which is why it is at least cynical to talk about measures to save the lives of civilians.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on December 18

  • Information about the EU allocating $ 600 million to help Ukrainians prepare for winter spread online. Every citizen of Ukraine can reportedly apply for a payment of UAH 13,280. The posts suggest following the link to the Telegram channels to find out more about the assistance. Also, the image contains the logo of the eSupport state program
  • Information was spread online about the percentage of people in England practicing Christianity being less than 50% for the first time. Those who have abandoned Christianity over the last ten years (from 2011 to 2021) began professing Satanism.
  • Videos allegedly showing protests against rising prices, inflation, and migration in Munich in December 2022 were spread online.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In fact, it is a fraudulent scheme aiming to increase the number of subscribers to Telegram channels. Applications for assistance from international organizations are accepted via the eSupport program or at designated banks. It is currently impossible to apply for aid because the first stage of accepting applications is over. The posts’ authors give a link to the Telegram channel, which is supposed to have more detailed information. However, the link leads to a closed one that can only be accessed upon request. In this way, the post’s authors increase the number of subscribers to their Telegram channel.
  • An official census conducted once every ten years by the UK Office for National Statistics showed that the number of followers of Christianity in England and Wales was 27.5 million people in 2021. That is less than 50% of the population (just 46.2%). In 2011, this number was 33.3 million (59.3%). Therefore, the number of those professing Christianity decreased by 13.1% (5.8 million). However, there is no evidence that these people started practicing Satanism. There were 1,893 Satanists in England and Wales In 2011 and 5,054 in 2021. The number of adherents had increased by 167%, but whether those people had converted from Christianity is unknown. Therefore, the number of Christians decreased by 5.8 million, and the number of followers of Satanism increased by more than three thousand people. So it is manipulative to claim that Christians are choosing Satanism en masse.
  • The video shows protests in Munich against coronavirus restrictions on December 15, 2021. On December 15, 2021, a demonstration against the coronavirus restrictions took place on Ludwigstrasse, with about 3,700 people attending. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter said the number of those opposing the coronavirus restrictions had increased in the city. He said violence cases were recorded during the demonstration, and the protesters neglected anti-epidemic measures. The Munich district administration department allowed one rally, but the group split up into two (approximately 500 demonstrators each).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 17

  • A document was circulated online allegedly confirming Ukraine’s electricity exports to Poland.
  • The russian media outlets and Telegram channels spread a photo of a container house set up in Germany for refugees from Ukraine. Reports claim Ukrainian refugees refused to live in such homes because of the letter “Z” painted on them.
  • Photos of two Time magazine covers featuring Volodymyr Zelensky and Adolf Hitler were circulated online. The magazine editors recognized the two politicians as “people of the year” in 2022 and 1939, respectively. According to user comments, the year fits the person.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The document is fake and has already been denied by Ukrenergo. The Ukrainian operator emphasized that Ukrenergo does not have such a body as the Board of Directors (“board of directors” is not listed among Ukrenergo’s governing bodies). In addition, the document refers to Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 1355. In reality, the resolution has to do with some issues related to the activities of the State Service for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience and does not mention energy. Therefore, it can be concluded that the document was forged. Ukraine stopped exporting electricity after russia’s first attacks on the Ukrainian energy system. Data from the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) website confirms that Ukraine does not sell electricity to other countries.
  • There is no confirmation that Ukrainians refused to live in modular houses. The letter “Z” on container houses means a place to sleep. The photos and information about such homes for refugees first appeared in a piece by the German publication Bild, cited by the russian media. According to the article, about 50,000 refugees need housing in Hamburg, Germany, of which 20,000 are from Ukraine. Refugees from Afghanistan and Syria also need lodging, so the Hamburg authorities decided to build homes in the city parts lacking residential places.
  • Time explained that the decision to recognize Hitler as “Man of the Year 1938” (in the January 1939 issue) was justified. This title was not an honor but a distinction applied to the newsmaker who most influenced world events for better or worse. In a 1939 issue, Time described Hitler as “the greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today.” The authors point out that the policies of the Nazis affected neighboring countries, and Nazi pressure was partly responsible for some of the anti-democratic decrees in France. “Fascism had intervened openly in Spain, had fostered a revolt in Brazil, was covertly aiding revolutionary movements in Rumania, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania,” the article says. It also mentions dictatorial laws in Germany. In fact, the issue’s editors did not publish a portrait of Hitler on the cover. He was depicted as a tiny figure sitting with his back to the viewer playing a massive organ, with his slain victims spinning on a Catherine Wheel. Below the black-and-white illustration is the caption, “From the unholy organist, a hymn of hate.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on December 16

  • The EU has directed 90 billion euros to Ukraine since 2014, almost double the country’s annual state budget. However, the life of Ukrainians has not become twice as lovely over the past eight years.
  • The authorities are not satisfied that interest in the “Unified TV Marathon” has faded due to the power outages, and people have begun to use social media more. That is how the government loses its influence on society.
  • Alcohol use flourishes in the AFU because of the cold weather. The military has no other way to keep warm.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Such a comparison is inappropriate. The funds received by Ukraine from the EU have mostly been loans. The purpose of EU funding is to support Ukraine’s economy after the crisis of 2014-2015, provoked by the seizure of Ukrainian territories, which, of course, the russian media outlets spreading such messages forget. In addition, the EU has been providing funds to reform Ukraine, make the changes irreversible, and help the economy grow and develop without foreign aid. Currently, the EU provides funds to support Ukraine’s economy in a full-scale war. However, the funding is insufficient. Ukraine’s defense spending has increased significantly. In addition, there have been more beneficiaries and recipients of various kinds of state aid (e.g., IDPs), so expenditure on restoring the destroyed infrastructure has grown. At the same time, many enterprises that used to pay taxes to the budget are closed. Of course, only russia is to blame for this. However, propaganda outlets apparently leave these facts out.
  • Television started to get less attention even before the power outages, with most Ukrainians preferring social networks to television since the summer. The main reason is information fatigue, whereas social networks provide more variety of content. One must follow the rules of media hygiene to avoid falling prey to hostile online propaganda. Preference must be given to official sources and media outlets on the Institute of Mass Information’s safe list. Among them, in particular, is UA:News. It is also essential to separate facts from opinions. Remember that bloggers and anonymous platforms can spread inaccurate information that should be fact-checked before sharing news with friends.
  • Defenders in the Armed Forces constantly need help, especially in winter: warm shoes, thermal clothing, sleeping bags, potbelly stoves, etc. However, there is no reason to say that the Ukrainian army is so insecure that drinking alcohol is the only way to keep warm. Such russian propaganda messages aim to discredit the service members of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and undermine the nation’s trust in and support for them. In response to these messages, our task is to continue supporting the army daily with donations, daily work, and our faith in victory.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on December 15

  • russia’s UN ambassador v. nebenzya said, “The goals of the SMO […] will be fulfilled. If they cannot be achieved by peaceful means […], then the goal will be achieved by military means. Responsibility for the fact that […] the civilian population is suffering lies with the Zelensky regime and its sponsors […] Until Kyiv and the West come to their senses, we will protect our interests by all means.”
  • According to russia’s media outlets, “the situation is very complicated in the territories under Ukraine’s control. The cities have no electricity, water, or heating […]. The Ukrainian authorities will not resolve this problem and only offer “voluntary evacuation.”
  • russia’s education ministry head s. kravtsov said the “deeds” of the russian “SMO heroes” would be included in school history textbooks: “The SMO heroes will, by all means, be included in the history textbooks. Much work has already been done, including in the “Conversations about what matters” lessons.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Like most other representatives of russia, nebenzya is ready to lie even in front of the whole world. Russia alone must be held responsible for the suffering of the civilian population. Ukrainian authorities cannot be interested in killing their own people, so these messages are entirely devoid of meaning and logic. The West (i.e., those Nebenzya calls “sponsors”) supports Ukraine in this war as a country protecting European nations from russian aggression.
  • The situation in Ukraine’s recently de-occupied territories (particularly in the Kherson region) is very tough due to hostilities and months of russian occupation. Under occupation, the russist terror reigned everywhere in Ukrainian cities. The local population was robbed, businesses were taken away, people were forced to cooperate, and in case of disagreement, they were tortured and even murdered in some places. During the retreat, the russian army destroyed everything they were leaving behind to terrorize Ukrainians even from a distance. After the liberation, the cities began to restore the supply of water, electricity, communications, goods, medicines, and the work of state authorities and institutions as quickly as possible.
  • It is characteristic of russia to rewrite history. Textbooks featuring pseudo-heroes of the so-called “special operation” have already been found in the de-occupied territories. Such “education” aims to zombify people from the youngest school age to convince them that russia freed Ukrainians from Nazism and that life under russian occupation and in russia is better than in independent Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on December 14

  • The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on media introducing censorship in the information space.
  • The authorities hide the fact that the Shahed drone attack on the Kyiv region on December 14 left many residential buildings and military equipment damaged and the region’s residents injured.
  • According to dmitry medvedev, Zelensky wants to use independent observers from the EU at critical infrastructure facilities as a human shield.
  • There will be a new wave of mass mobilization in Ukraine in January.

Now the TRUTH:

  • These allegations are baseless. The law has no provisions enforcing censorship. Moreover, the Ukrainian Constitution and laws prohibit censorship as an obstacle to freedom of thought and speech and free expression of ideas and beliefs. According to the media law, registered online media can be blocked only for a number of gross violations (e.g., child pornography or calls for overthrowing the constitutional order) and only by a court decision. In addition, the law is part of Ukraine’s European integration process, which makes its adoption fundamentally important.
  • Quite the contrary: official sources did provide information about the consequences of enemy attacks on December 14. For instance, the Kyiv Regional Military Administration said air defense forces shot down a total of 13 Shahed drones over the Kyiv region and the capital. Drone wreckage did damage to two administrative buildings in the Shevchenkivskyi district, with information about the victims being updated. The OPU deputy head, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said a private house was damaged in the attack in Vyshneve, Kyiv region. In addition, there were numerous photos of downed drone wreckage on the internet. However, the authorities keep reminding people they should not publish the missile or drone impact spots as it might help the enemy adjust their fire.
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the European Union to send their representatives on special missions to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure facilities. He spoke about it at the “In Solidarity with the Ukrainian People” international conference in Paris on December 13. However, Zelensky’s goal is not to use EU representatives to create a “human shield” but to demonstrate that russia carries out attacks on critical infrastructure. And russia’s falsifications about the shelling of the energy industry not being critical and the authorities deliberately turning off the lights to put pressure on the West are groundless. However, medvedev revealed russia’s true intentions and readiness to bombard Ukraine, even if other countries’ representatives would suffer from it.
  • Continuation of mobilization depends on the course of the war. Therefore, any forecasts are irrelevant. The President announces the mobilization by decree. General mobilization in Ukraine  has been ongoing since February 24, 2022, and Presidential decrees periodically extend it due to russia’s ongoing large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine. So far, the mobilization has been prolonged for 90 days several times (it was again extended for 90 days from November 21 by decree No. 758 of November 7, 2022). Mobilization needs (numbers) depend on several factors and are calculated by the military. Issues relating to mobilization are regulated by the Law On Mobilization Training and Mobilization and Ukrainian Constitution.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 13

  • Hungary deliberately blocks the EU’s financial aid to Ukraine to weaken Ukraine’s economy and seize Transcarpathia.
  • Zelensky turns Europeans into poor people. Because of his policies, an energy crisis has already begun in Europe, inflation has accelerated, weapons stocks have run out, and countries have been overflowing with brazen Ukrainian refugees. Now Zelensky is also asking the EU to give its gas to Ukraine.
  • Black transplant specialists continue to sell the organs of wounded and killed soldiers of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to Europe.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Hungary has neither claimed the territory of independent Ukraine nor tried to violate our sovereignty. Unlike russia, which exerts influence on the Hungarian government. In particular, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly expressed his pro-russian views. Therefore, blocking aid to Ukraine is indeed an attempt to weaken Ukraine, not to seize its territories by Hungary but to help russia in this war. Such statements aim to divert Ukrainians’ attention from what actually poses a danger to the country and from whom we must protect ourselves.
  • These messages mix up cause and effect. Ukraine did not cause the destabilization of the world economy, but russia did by starting a war against Ukraine. Because of russia’s actions, the whole world directed its efforts to help Ukraine, which is defending not only its territory but also the whole of Europe from russia’s direct aggression.
  • The Ministry of Health has repeatedly refuted the myth about black transplant specialists. Simply put, the activities of such transplant specialists would be useless since it is nearly impossible to transplant organs in the conditions of war. Intense hostilities stand in the way, as do the complex procedures for extracting and transporting organs to the recipient. Therefore, it is a russian propaganda myth aiming to intimidate Ukrainians and an attempt to discredit the West by saying it only uses our cooperation for its own benefit (in particular, to get cheap organs from wounded fighters).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 12

  • Ukraine’s National Police head called for Donbas children to be exterminated because they have not heard the Ukrainian language for 8.5 years. In his opinion, people are the main problem of Donbas. Therefore, Ukraine is fighting to liberate lands, whereas people will probably be physically destroyed.
  • According to russian president’s press secretary dmitry peskov, there is no heavy military equipment on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
  • OPU technologists ordered the SBU not to allow criticism of the government and the military on social networks.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Head of the National Police, Ihor Klymenko, did not call for exterminating Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories. Here is a direct quote: “People are poisoned by russian propaganda. Those are large territories where they haven’t heard Ukrainian for 8.5 years and in which hatred for all things Ukrainian, for Ukraine, has been cultivated and propagated. Therefore, the main issue is people.” Thus, he did not say that the inhabitants, especially of Donbas, should be gotten rid of after de-occupation, but that a lot of work would have to be done to return them to the Ukrainian agenda after years of occupation of their consciousness by propaganda.
  • Back in July, it became known that the russian occupiers had brought heavy equipment and ammunition to the territory of the ZNPP. A CNN journalist verified the footage showing russian military equipment being placed in a turbine hall connected to the nuclear reactor of the captured ZNPP. In December, Energoatom said the russian troops had brought several Grad multiple rocket launchers to the plant. The occupiers deployed this system near power unit No. 6, right next to the area of the station’s dry storage of spent nuclear fuel. It was where the russians had previously secretly built several “protective structures,” violating all requirements for ensuring nuclear and radiation safety.
  • It would be impossible to hide such information because the authorities cannot control the social networks used by Ukrainians. Digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter moderate their content themselves. Moreover, if the government systematically hid actual frontline losses and failures, this information would still eventually appear online.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on December 9

  • russian media outlets and Telegram channels spread the news that three residents of Kharkiv died at the Point of Invincibility from carbon monoxide poisoning on November 29, 2022.
  • Officials buy themselves iPhones and luxury cars for money donated to the army.

Now the TRUTH:

  • No Ukrainian media outlets reported the news. Screenshots of this “news” were published only by russian Telegram channels that systematically spread disinformation about Ukraine. The articles’ screenshots must have been edited, and a false title added. At the request of the Ukrinform news agency, the spokeswoman of the head of the Kharkiv OMA, Olena Shapoval, said the news of the death of three people at the Point of Invincibility was fake.
  • These allegations are groundless because propaganda usually does not provide evidence that the funds from charitable funds were used by the authorities to buy personal luxury items. It is possible to check each charity fund’s activities since they regularly report on what and how much was spent. Overall, CF can be verified by inquiring about the following: Is contact information available, and are social network pages updated? The accounts the funds are sent to: are they CF legal entity accounts or personal payment cards? Check whether the website you are on is fake (information might be duplicated from real CFs; many elements are lacking; photos are of low quality or are stock photos; there are translation errors and other stylistic errors); Use the youcontrol.com.ua service to double-check whether the fund is a registered legal entity and its founders’ and directors’ reputations.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on December 5

  • According to russian mass media, Kyiv is preparing a provocation to disrupt the UN initiative to restore ammonia transit supervised by the UK special services and assisted by the Canadian PMC GardaWorld. Kyiv intends to blow up the roofs of ammonia storage facilities and workshops at the Odesa port plant to pass it off as a missile attack by the russian armed forces.
  • According to a russian media version, the massive missile strike on Ukraine on December 5 was revenge for the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelling the center of Donetsk the day before.
  • According to another version, the mass attack on December 5 was a response to Ukraine’s terrorist attack on the airfield in Engels, russia.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no reason to claim that Ukraine will prepare a provocation like that. It is not the first time during the full-scale war that russia has tried to accuse Ukraine of provocations to remove blame from itself in advance. However, this method never worked. russia uses such messages to maintain the image of Ukraine as a terrorist country. Since there is no real evidence of Ukraine’s terrorism, russia falsifies these facts every time.
  • This is not the first time that russia has tried to impose on us the opinion that strikes on civilian infrastructure are meant as revenge for this or that terrorist attack by Ukraine. The first time, on October 10, it reportedly was a retaliation for the Crimean bridge and, this time, for shelling the center of Donetsk. It is not true each time since russia prepares massive missile strikes at least seven days in advance, linking the reasons for the strikes to events occurring 2-3 days before.
  • russia is trying to convince others that if Ukraine stops its terrorist attacks, there will be no more retaliatory strikes. It is also not true because russia launches missile attacks to disrupt the Ukrainian home front and supplies for the army and the economy and ultimately demoralize Ukrainians. There is no objective reason for these bombardments other than terrorizing the civilian population.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 4

  • The letters with explosives sent to Ukrainian embassies are a show put on by Ukraine to blame russia and ask for more weapons.
  • Searches carried out by the SBU in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra prove that anyone can now be arrested for alleged treason and collaboration.
  • Ukrainian people have already lost this war. The proof is that russia is at least rebuilding the destroyed cities, while Ukraine cannot do anything for the war-affected areas.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no evidence that this is a show. The letters sent to Ukrainian embassies are part of russia’s intimidation campaign, which cannot win a single victory on the diplomatic front, unlike Ukraine. russians get no preferences at international meetings. For instance, no one usually wants to listen to the absurd statements voiced by the representative of russia nebenzya at UN meetings. His allegations are seen as clogging the agenda of the organization. Therefore, the russians have no choice but to threaten the diplomats because of their successes.
  • No, not anyone. The law provides a precise classification of what can be considered collaborationism. In particular, it includes direct calls to support the aggressor (i.e., russia) and violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty. As for the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, it was under the management of the UOC MP, which has long been known to be controlled by russia’s special services. From now on, the russian special services activities carried out via the religious institutions of Ukraine will be restricted as much as possible.
  • Several essential details are missing from these statements, whose absence completely distorts the message’s content. First, russia is not just rebuilding cities. The russian army first destroys them (Mariupol, for one, was almost completely destroyed). Then russia occupies Ukrainian cities introducing occupation administrations there that do not want to care for Ukrainians. Anyone having pro-Ukrainian views is tortured, killed, or, in the best case, deported to russia’s depressed regions. Even if russia builds new housing, as in Mariupol, it is preferable to populate it with russians, changing the demographic composition of Ukrainian lands. That is what russia has already done in Crimea (several times during its history) by deporting Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars from there and settling the peninsula with russians. Ukraine is putting a lot of effort into restoring government-controlled territories. In addition to using its own funds, Ukraine engages investors ready to rebuild Ukrainian infrastructure.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on December 3

  • Ukraine’s entry into the EU only means that women and children who fled the war to European countries are now forced to work there as cheap labor without social protection.
  • russian special services discovered a military-patriotic club in Sievierodonetsk, where children were raised to become terrorists. In particular, they were taught to use weapons, plant mines, and conduct other terrorist activities.
  • Ukrainian soldiers die at the frontline for the government that simply wants to continue to profit from Ukrainians. If they so wished, the authorities could have ended the war with peace negotiations long ago.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This message comprises several messages: on the one hand, it distorts the essence of European integration, and on the other hand, it discredits Ukrainian refugees. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 7.9 million Ukrainians are currently registered under various protection schemes in European countries. Ukrainians are forced to flee from the war, and this has nothing to do with European integration. On the other hand, European integration sped up during the war because the EU countries understood that providing additional protection to Ukraine meant protecting the whole of Europe from russia’s aggression.
  • There is no real evidence that children were raised as future terrorists in Ukraine. Earlier, russia had spread similar fake stories about the Azov regiment and orphans from Mariupol. Such messages aim to pressure people’s emotion buttons using the sensitive topic of raising children. They are better remembered and cause more trust since they touch on an important matter for many people, namely child protection. In addition, russia continues to shape the image of a terrorist country, shifting the world community’s attention from its real crimes to imaginary crimes allegedly committed by Ukraine.
  • russian soldiers are the only ones dying at the frontline for the interests of their government. They came to fight in Ukraine for reasons entirely invented by the russian leadership. Ukrainians defend our country’s sovereignty, independence, and right to exist. That is, the position of Ukrainians is a position of defense. In contrast, the position of russia is aggression, which is ungrounded and, therefore, cannot be motivated by anything. These messages attempt to turn Ukrainians against their government, allegedly waging a bloody war to pursue its own interests.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on December 2

  • Those posing a threat to the Presidential Office and the current government were sent to fight in Bakhmut. In this way, the government tried eliminating those who could harm it
  • The government cannot help Ukrainians in the energy crisis, so the largest anonymous Telegram channels constantly “advise” people on how to take care of themselves.
  • The President’s Office is afraid of freezing the conflict as it would shift the attention of Ukrainians to internal problems their government cannot solve, e.g., rising prices, falling living standards, unemployment, corruption, etc.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Currently, the Bakhmut direction is one of the toughest on the frontline, but there is no reason to claim that the OP sends those it wants to get rid of to this area. First, it is not the OP but the military command that decides on the rotation of the military. Second, the frontline is not a place to dispose of those disliked by the authorities. In each direction, the Armed Forces defend Ukraine and win back temporarily occupied territories.
  • The Telegram channels that spread rumors and gossip and give such advice are mostly those supervised by russia’s special services, as has been repeatedly stated by the SBU and the Center for Countering Disinformation. Saying that people should take care of themselves is an attempt to rock society using one of the most sensitive topics today, namely power outages. First, the authorities warned many times that this year’s winter would be extremely difficult for Ukrainians. In addition, the government equipped points of invincibility and continues negotiating with Western partners to receive additional financial and humanitarian aid, particularly generators.
  • Freezing the conflict is not beneficial for Ukraine, particularly because it would give putin time to strengthen his army, create new weapons, and accumulate new forces and equipment. The Ukrainian army continues to receive Western arms and has already carried out several successful counteroffensive operations, whereas the russian military is exhausted and has no time to recover.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on December 1

  • Rumors have it that enlistment offices will issue summonses to go to the frontline at Points of Invincibility.
  • The plan is to soon abandon aid to Ukraine because it is becoming more and more expensive for Western countries.
  • The purges in the UOC MP are perhaps linked to the fact that Zelensky is trying to divert Ukrainians’ attention from the real crisis and problems in the country.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian propaganda is once again trying to discredit the government’s attempts to resolve the issue of blackouts: this time, points of invincibility are reportedly needed to enlist people to go to the frontline. Purely theoretically, a summons could be issued at points of invincibility, at checkpoints, or in cafes since the law does not limit the places for handing summons. Besides, getting a summons does not mean immediately sending someone to the frontline but verifying data or undergoing a medical examination.
  • At the moment, there is no trend for Western partners to reduce aid to Ukraine. One of the countries standing in the way of assisting Ukraine is Hungary. Some countries are still delaying the transfer of weapons, but their motivation increases with each subsequent shelling by russia.
  • Once again, russia says the authorities are afraid that Ukrainians will be distracted from the war and start paying more attention to problems inside the country. However, most of Ukraine’s current problems (rising prices, unemployment, and the energy crisis) are exclusively a result of russia’s aggression. Therefore, this message can be attributed to the russian propaganda narrative, whereby russia denies carrying out destructive activities in Ukraine and shifts the blame onto the Ukrainian authorities.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on November 30

  • With no strikes on the CHP in Poltava, the city is still cut off from electricity grids. Therefore, the cutoffs are the decisions of the authorities, not Ukrenergo.
  • Western arms smuggling from Ukraine has grown so much that its traces are now even found in Africa.
  • The Ministry of Economy and the BlackRock investment company signed a memorandum of understanding, which actually means transferring the ownership of Ukraine to this company.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Power outages occur throughout the country due to Ukraine’s energy system imbalance caused by missile strikes. Even if Kyiv alone is attacked, outages can still occur elsewhere, e.g., in the west of Ukraine or Poltava. In addition, Ukraine’s energy system is connected with that of Europe: the unification of our energy systems is part of our European integration. Thus, attacks on the energy system in Ukraine may even result in the voltage dropping in Moldova or Romania.
  • Only russian propaganda outlets can see Western weapons being smuggled from Ukraine. However, Europol, the Pentagon, and other security agencies of our Western partners do not observe such trends but only warn about the risks of smuggling.
  • This allegation is part of the narrative about Ukraine not being an independent state but a puppet governed by the West. This time, the investment company would be managing Ukraine, which is not true. Investment companies cannot influence Ukraine’s internal and external policies like any of Ukraine’s Western partners.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 28

  • Even those Kherson residents who really looked forward to being liberated are now frightened by the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Nazism in the city and the risk of dying in a humanitarian disaster due to the return of Ukrainian authorities. Therefore, they are looking for ways to leave the city.
  • Reportedly, Ukrainians are prevented from entering Europe because of non-working databases and systems due to power outages as part of secret agreements between Zelensky and Europe about taking no more refugees.
  • Ukrainians are increasingly ready for negotiations and concessions to russia to improve the standard of living.
  • Sovereignty is independence from world leaders, such as the US or the EU. Hungary is an example of a country with true sovereignty, trying to protect its population from the negative impact of anti-russian sanctions. Ukraine is not a sovereign state because it is entirely under the control of the West.
  • If your neighbors do not turn off the lights, you must complain to the local city or district administration. The fact that their electricity was not cut off is most likely the fault of the local authorities.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The humanitarian disaster in Kherson, namely the lack of electricity, water, food, and medicine, resulted directly from the city’s being occupied by russian troops. In addition, during the withdrawal, the russian army deliberately damaged the power grids to leave the town without electricity and communications. On the other hand, Ukraine is restoring the city’s electricity supply. For instance, as of November 27, 17% of consumers in Kherson already had electricity. They promise to provide electricity for the entire city in the coming days.
  • No such agreements exist, and support for Ukrainian refugees abroad continues to this day. Anonymous russian Telegram channels present this news as backstage rumors that have no confirmation whatsoever and might be mere fabrication. Moreover, there are no reports in the Ukrainian mass media about Ukrainians being prevented from going abroad after an extended blackout.
  • That is not true since the position of Ukrainians does not change even despite russia’s attempts to demoralize them by shelling the energy infrastructure resulting in blackouts, and a lack of water, communications, and heating. On the contrary, russia’s terrorist actions worsen russia’s position in the international arena, leading to even greater exhaustion of the russian economy, alienation of once-friendly countries, and the imposition of new sanctions. Besides, russia spends billions of dollars on terrorism, which could otherwise be directed to improving the lives of its citizens: providing many localities with gas and water, building highways, increasing pensions or other social benefits, medicine for cancer patients — and, overall, to any government support programs.
  • Hungary and its Prime Minister Viktor Orban are friendly with the russian regime. Therefore, Hungary’s actions to block sanctions against russia or financial and military aid to Ukraine are a sign of Hungary’s dependence on russia. Consequently, it is illogical to say that this country is a model of independence. On the other hand, Ukraine is not under the control of the EU, the USA, or any Western country. Western partners help Ukraine in many ways, but they do not infringe on its sovereignty, unlike russia.
  • No, it doesn’t work like that. Power outages do not depend on the decision of local authorities but on the state company Ukrenergo responsible for balancing the energy infrastructure throughout the country. russian Telegram channels use such messages to incite enmity between Ukrainians, trying to set those with lights off against those with the electricity turned on or turned off less frequently. It is impossible to influence blackouts by complaining to local authorities. Hostility towards neighbors due to electricity will only help the enemy divide us, not bring us closer to victory.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on November 27

  • Ukraine steals gas transported by russia to Moldova through Ukraine’s territory.
  • The US government covers up the crimes of the Nazi Kyiv regime, giving it a sense of impunity and permissiveness, the russian embassy in Washington said.
  • On russian federal channels, it is assumed that the Armed Forces might invade the Belgorod region of russia.
  • russia did not forgive Zelensky for shelling the ZNPP and carried out the strikes in such a way as to put out the rest of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Last week, Gazprom threatened to reduce gas transit, saying Ukraine kept gas volumes intended for Moldova. According to Gazprom’s calculations, Ukraine had accumulated 52.52 million cubic meters of gas destined for Moldova. Ukraine’s GTS operator said all the gas taken in for further transportation to consumers in Moldova got transferred to Moldova in full at the Oleksiivka and Hrebenyky points of exit from Ukraine. It is confirmed by all necessary documents signed with related operators, one of which is Gazprom. The Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Moldova, Andrei Spinu, clarified that the volumes of gas that Gazprom was talking about were Moldova’s stocks stored in Ukraine.
  • In fact, the signs of the Nazi regime are characteristic of russia, not Ukraine. And here’s why. Propaganda and rewriting history, the cult of the president’s personality, the symbolism of the letter Z on all propaganda resources, events, and even on russian tanks, the genocide of Ukrainians, disregard for international law, the close union between the government and the church, and the one-party system are all characteristic of the russian regime. Earlier, these signs characterized totalitarian fascist regimes. Of course, the USA does not support any manifestation of Nazism in Ukraine. Instead, russia is ready to lie about it even at a high international level through its embassies worldwide.
  • There is no reason, and it does not make sense, for the Armed Forces to invade russia. It seems that the propaganda outlets are looking for a new justification for their terrorism and still do not give up the far-fetched reasons for the war, talking about the alleged danger to russia from Ukraine and NATO. However, it was russia that attacked Ukraine and violated our sovereignty, which is why the Ukrainian Armed Forces protect Ukrainians on their own territory in Ukraine.
  • Interestingly, russian propaganda outlets are confused with the versions about the causes and consequences of shelling Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. According to one version, russia attacked only those energy facilities that provided for the military. According to another version, blackouts and shutdowns of nuclear power plants are exclusively the actions of the Ukrainian authorities aiming to request more help from the West because of the sufferings of Ukrainians. According to a third version, the shelling is, it turns out, revenge for the ZNPP. However, none of these versions is true. In point of fact, russia is carrying out massive attacks on Ukrainian energy to disable the entire energy system and provoke a blackout for Ukrainians to demoralize and weaken them and our economy. Moreover, russia attacks not only energy facilities but also residential buildings using non-high-precision missiles and habitual terrorism.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on November 26

  • The President’s Office made a mistake by creating the illusion of effective air defense for Ukrainians because now the West does not want to provide new air defense systems.
  • Only russian speakers are mobilized en masse in Ukraine, which is a sign of the destruction of the russian- speaking population.
  • European pensioners are forced to live in poverty due to rising prices and tariffs as a result of the russophobic and pro-Nazi policies of the West
  • Blackouts are the result of the decommunization policy.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The authorities do not create illusions about Ukrainian air defense because our air defense shows high results. But even though air defense systems shoot down most missiles, they cannot protect our skies 100% — nor can any air defense system worldwide. Therefore, Ukraine needs more air defense systems from Western partners to cover the Ukrainian skies more reliably. Through such reports, russia promotes at least two false narratives. The first is that the government has been lying to Ukrainians about the level of protection to make Ukrainians lose faith in the Armed forces. The second is that Ukraine’s Western allies no longer want to support us. First of all, there is currently no mass mobilization in Ukraine, as mainly those with combat experience or military education are called to the ranks of the Armed Forces. Secondly, the mobilization waves are determined by the level of military skills, abilities, and combat operations experience. New members are also selected for the Armed Forces based on their health condition. The language a person speaks has no bearing on the draft. By making such allegations, russia continues the narrative of alleged discrimination against Ukraine’s russian-speaking population. Also, it shifts the emphasis by saying that genocide is not committed by russia but by Ukraine.
  • It is a continuation of the narrative that russia is not suffering from the imposed sanctions, but the EU is. russia mainly spreads the narrative to address its population and the TOT residents to prove that life in russia is better than in the EU, where Ukraine is headed. Of course, it also spreads such allegations among EU citizens to convince them that supporting Ukraine harms their well-being. However, the narratives do not work: support for Ukraine and Ukrainians in the EU does not decrease. Our Western partners only increase their assistance after each new terrorist act of russia.
  • Blackouts and decommunization are entirely unrelated. Decommunization is what Ukraine does to move away from post-colonial dependence on russia as the legal successor of the USSR. The blackouts are the result of russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. Of course, russia does not like the decommunization policy because it is disrupting all cultural and historical ties with the past and present that connects us with russia. Decommunization is also a loss for russia – a loss of control over the consciousness of Ukrainians. Therefore, the connection can exist only in that the shelling of the energy sector is, in particular, revenge for Ukraine’s becoming an independent state. More importantly, russian attacks on the energy infrastructure are russian terrorism that cannot be justified.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on November 25

  • The blackout in Moldova on November 23 proves that Ukraine continues to sell electricity abroad, which is how the government makes money from the sale of electricity, leaving Ukrainians without electricity.
  • russia carries out massive attacks only on military facilities and related energy infrastructure.
  • The Ukrainian authorities deliberately turn off the lights for Ukrainians to ask for more help from the West. In fact, there is no need to cut off electricity since the damage to the infrastructure is insignificant.
  • russia was forced to start the so-called “special operation on demilitarization and denazification.” The reason was that Ukraine had been shelling Donbas for eight years, blockading Crimea and the so-called LPR and DPR, not allowing the TOT residents to receive social assistance and pensions, and pursuing a russophobic policy. The “special operation” had to be launched when diplomatic measures ceased to work.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Ukrenergo has already refuted similar fake news. Until October 10, Ukraine exported electricity to the EU, earning good money. Exports were suspended after the massive missile attack on October 10. This information is easily checked in numerous European open sources, primarily the official ENTSO data platform. The purpose of those spreading such messages is to stir up a society tired of power outages and to divert attention from russian missile strikes forcing Ukrainians to have blackouts. Ukrenergo also explained the reasons for the outage in Moldova on November 23. Due to the russian attacks, there was a frequency spike in our common power grid, causing the loss of Moldova’s connection with the European power grid, from which the country receives a share of electricity.
  • That is not true because russia also shells residential buildings. On November 23, in Vyshgorod (Kyiv region) alone, the russian strikes left seven people killed and another 30 injured. Several more people were wounded in Chabany and Hlevaha in the Kyiv region by rockets that hit residential buildings. Previously, on November 15, three residential houses in Kyiv were damaged due to enemy shelling. In this case, russia often assures the audiences that it was the result of Ukrainian air defense, with russian missiles hitting energy facilities exclusively. The purpose of such statements is to intimidate Ukrainians and convince them that the danger for them comes precisely from the side of the Armed Forces.
  • As a result of russian shelling on November 23, at least 14 regions of Ukraine remained utterly or partially without electricity. There was no water, communications, heating, or electricity in some areas. It is the result of exclusively hostile attacks because it does not make sense for the authorities to deliberately cut off electricity from more than half of the country and thus put their economy in harm’s way. In the same way, the government cannot decide whether or not to disconnect your neighbors. It can be planned outages when Ukrenergo warns you about the day and time of cutoffs and emergency disconnections due to power shortages when outages are needed to balance the entire energy system.
  • Ten months into the war, russia is still looking for an excuse for why it had to be started. This war does not make sense. Even russians do not understand what they are fighting for in Ukraine and why. The so-called “demilitarization and denazification” are incomprehensible terms for the majority of russians, due to which russia had to resort to a more uncomplicated belief of Ukraine being a terrorist state. Similarly, statements about eight years of shelling of Donbas are entirely fake, but russia has been exploiting them for all eight years. As for diplomacy, the Minsk agreements were not beneficial for Ukraine, precisely in their political part. Yet it was russia that did not adhere to the Minsk agreements regarding the ceasefire. By crossing the border with Ukraine on February 24, 2022, russia put an end to all the arrangements.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on November 24

  • The Points of Invincibility are just another PR move of the authorities: they are not functional and cannot provide any help.
  • The authorities of European countries are ready to freeze their citizens for the sake of supporting Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian security forces killed at least 100 civilians in Kherson, and about 200 more went missing.
  • Kyiv and the collective West want to involve the entire population of Ukraine in the war, although it is only a war of the Nazi authorities. Ukraine’s Armed Forces deliberately bombard residential areas with MLRS and anti-aircraft missiles to draw the civilian population into the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There are indeed flaws in the work of the Points of Invincibility. However, inciting animosity and hatred against state or local authorities, saying there is no solution to the problem of blackouts, actually helps support the enemy narratives. The purpose of these narratives is to get Ukrainians disappointed in the authorities’ actions, despair of victory, demoralize them, force them to stop fighting, and increasingly make them admit that we would have to surrender to russia. In addition, the government responded to Ukrainians’ complaints by updating the map of the Points of Invincibility. Currently, it contains the following: 1. Points of Invincibility, i.e., places organized by regional authorities and the State Emergency Service that have generators (recharging gadgets), heating, internet, tea/coffee, and first-aid kits. 2. Points of Invincibility of responsible businesses where it is possible to recharge gadgets for free. 3. Shops, pharmacies, gas stations, and bank branches that will work in the event of blackouts (they do not provide gadget recharging services). Meanwhile, let us remind you that before shellings of the energy infrastructure began, the authorities repeatedly said Ukrainians were in for a difficult winter. The enemy is now merely carrying out its plans. Therefore, it is essential to responsibly prepare for the onset of freezing temperatures than keep up hostile attitudes in society.
  • This narrative aims to convince Europeans that they have suffered from supporting Ukraine, which must be stopped. By making such statements, russia admits that it interferes with the EU information space, attacks Europeans with propaganda, and influences their electoral preferences and political views. Fortunately, russian propaganda is not working in Europe. Despite thousands of russian fake news about Ukraine, Europe does not refuse humanitarian, financial, military, and diplomatic assistance to Ukraine. In the same way, the EU imposes new sanctions on russia, gradually suppressing its ability to wage war.
  • russian propaganda tries to prove that with the return of the Ukrainian government to Kherson, life in the city and region became worse and more dangerous. Of course, russia does not recognize the existence of torture camps in Kherson, repression of those who refused to cooperate with the occupiers, deportation of Kherson residents, and other numerous crimes committed by the russian army and the occupation authorities. In similar messages, russia also tries to discredit Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Special Services, accusing them of cruelty towards those seeking “friendship” with russia. On the other hand, collaborationism is a criminal offense in Ukraine: cooperation with the occupiers in wartime is punishable by law.
  • Ukraine does not shell its civilian objects, while russia uses such allegations to shift the responsibility for killing peaceful Ukrainians and destroying civilian buildings from itself onto Ukraine. As of September 1, russia was known to have destroyed and damaged 1,135 hospitals, 178,000 residential facilities and millions more private ones, nearly 14,000 schools, and 2,135 cultural objects. In addition, it shattered and damaged numerous factories. The total damages from the destruction are currently estimated at $127 billion.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 23

  • In Ukraine, the UOC-MP is being destroyed to introduce control of American intelligence through the OCU.
  • NATO is increasing escalation against russia.
  • The USA does not recognize russia as a terrorist state. This decision is taken only by the EU, thereby harming its economy. Due to the weakening of the EU economy, the US will be the world leader.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian propaganda shifts the emphasis by saying that American intelligence will operate in the OCU and impose Western ideas on churchgoers. On the other hand, the russian special services have always been active in churches of the Moscow Patriarchate, as investigative journalists from Radio Liberty found out, in particular, last year. Back in 2018, the Security Service of Ukraine compiled an information booklet about russia using the religious structures of the Moscow Patriarchate as part of hybrid aggression.
  • NATO can increase the presence of its contingent near the eastern borders of the Alliance because russia poses a threat not only to Ukraine but also to Europe. NATO is taking forced steps in response to russia’s aggression, and therefore, russia is escalating this war, not NATO. Moreover, propagandists changed the focus of their statements from the fight against Ukraine to an alleged war against NATO. After all, losing to the Alliance is not as shameful as losing to Ukraine.
  • The NATO Parliamentary Assembly recognized russia as a terrorist state and called for creating a special international tribunal to punish russian criminals. However, this has nothing to do with the US attempts to weaken the EU economy. Such statements have all the signs of a conspiracy theory since they have no factual or objective basis.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on November 22

  • Ukrainians are preparing protests against power cuts.
  • The Revolution of Dignity showed how protests could turn into a civil war.
  • After the Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian authorities made a mistake by introducing restrictions against russia and, in particular, the russian language, which led to explosive economic and social problems.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The enemy is preparing PSYOP regarding power outages, as reported by the NDSC Center for Countering Disinformation. The occupiers’ Telegram channels are spreading enemy propaganda to discredit Ukraine’s President. The main goal of the PSYOP is to make Ukrainians believe that the Ukrainian authorities are to blame for the lack of electricity. According to russians, Ukrainians will start rallies in various cities because of the PSYOP, which will help the enemy win the war. Shelling civilian infrastructure and then blaming Ukraine for it is the cynicism of the highest order, clearly showing russia’s true face. As a result of russian missile attacks, nearly half of Ukraine’s energy system was disabled.
  • russia is still trying to fuel the narrative that the war in eastern Ukraine, which lasted for eight years, was nothing but a civil war. In this way, russia tries to convince others that it did not intervene in the conflict in Ukraine until February 24, 2022. It is a well-known lie because there is a lot of testimony and evidence that russia waged war in Eastern Ukraine for eight years, and it was never a civil conflict.
  • Social and economic problems in Ukraine in recent years mainly result from russia’s aggression and the occupation of part of Ukrainian territories. Therefore, since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been entirely on course for European integration, severing economic and cultural ties with the aggressor. The start of a full-scale war only exacerbated this necessity. It is characteristic of russia to shift the blame for all Ukraine’s problems from itself onto the Ukrainian authorities.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on November 21

  • In some sections of the Kreminna–Svatovo direction, foreign mercenaries have entirely replaced the armed forces. Polish flags hang over the trenches and on the positions of the “Ukrainian” troops.
  • According to russian mass media reports, “Kyiv continues its punitive measures against Kherson residents. According to the emergency services, Ukrainian security forces have executed 39 pro-russian city residents and transported 74 people to an unknown destination.
  • Polish publication Dziennik Polityczny spread information about Poland preparing for war. The author provided arguments for the statement citing Pentagon spokesman J. Kirby that soon there would be more American soldiers in Poland. According to the publication, the number of permanently stationed US soldiers in Poland was 4,000. Due to the threat from russia, another 4,700 were dispatched there.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no detachment of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine; all NATO representatives are instructors at Ukrainian training centers. The official page of Poland’s Government Center for Security says russia has been making false accusations against Poland and NATO regarding participation in the war in Ukraine. russia uses narratives about foreign mercenaries to justify its army’s failures during the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces.
  • The death penalty is prohibited in Ukraine, so even if traitors and collaborators are detained in the de-occupied territories, they must be tried under Ukrainian laws, not executed. Criminal liability for collaborationism was introduced in Ukraine in March.
  • The article’s conclusion about the Pentagon allegedly preparing to open another front is manipulation. On June 25, 2022, in an interview with Polska Times, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country accepted American soldiers on its territory, planning to increase the readiness of allied forces in the event of a threat. On June 29-30, the NATO summit in Madrid adopted a new concept for strengthening NATO’s Eastern flank. The article also spread a disinformation narrative, consonant with the russian one, about Poland’s desire to restore “Warsaw’s complete control over Ukraine.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on November 20

  • DTEK head, Maksym Tymchenko, said in an interview with the BBC that Ukrainians should be ready to leave the country with the onset of winter due to extended blackouts.
  • According to anonymous sources from the President’s Office, Zelensky allegedly received an ultimatum from the Kremlin: if negotiations do not start in November, Ukraine’s energy system will be destroyed.
  • russian Belgorod might well be shelled by mercenaries from Poland or NATO. Therefore, russia’s attack on Poland might be wholly justified.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The DTEK head denied this statement saying he did not call on Ukrainians to leave the country. Despite the high standards of journalism, the BBC still twisted his words and made a clickbait headline. To preserve the balance of the energy system, Ukrainians should first use electricity sparingly by switching to more energy-saving devices, shifting peak consumption to nighttime, and using the most energy-consuming devices (e.g., small household appliances) only when absolutely necessary.
  • Several markers in this statement indicate it cannot be trusted. Firstly, anonymous sources cannot be verified, and it is unknown who and for what purpose transmitted such information and whether it was transmitted at all. Secondly, the emphasis in this statement is shifted: Ukraine does not agree to negotiations precisely because the terrorist country (russia) has been shelling Ukrainian energy infrastructure. The purpose of this message is to accuse the Ukrainian authorities of provoking an energy crisis even though it is evident that electricity, water, and heat cutoffs are solely the result of enemy shelling.
  • There is no mercenary unit from Poland or NATO in Ukraine. NATO representatives work in Ukraine only as instructors. False accusations against Poland and NATO regarding participation in the war in Ukraine have been repeatedly denied in Poland. russia uses narratives about foreign mercenaries to justify the failures of its army during the Armed Forces’ counteroffensive.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on November 19

  • Kyiv shelled Poland to draw it into the conflict.
  • The destruction of residential buildings in Kyiv and the dead and injured on November 23 are the result of the work of Ukrainian air defense, not russian missiles. russia’s representative, Nebenzya, stated it at a UN meeting.
  • After the de-occupation, Kherson was left without water and electricity. Therefore, the townspeople lived better during the occupation.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Direct evidence of whose missiles hit the territory of Poland has not yet been announced. However, even if it was Ukrainian air defense, Ukraine did not shoot at Poland for no reason or to draw Poland into the conflict. Ukrainian air defense was shooting down russian missiles, i.e., protecting Ukraine.
  • By making such statements, Nebenzya actually admitted to russia’s shelling the Ukrainian energy infrastructure and only denied russia’s being guilty of killing civilians and destroying houses. However, russian missiles ruined homes in Kyiv and killed and injured people. Attacking the infrastructure is already a terrorist act, no matter how the russian leadership tries to justify it.
  • During its withdrawal from Kherson, russia significantly damaged power lines in the region, leaving the city without electricity and water. That is, the lack of water and electricity is not a consequence of the city’s returning under Ukraine’s control, as the propaganda outlets are trying to prove, but rather the result of russian shelling.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 18

  • Information was spread online about NATO countries allegedly transferring blood infected with HIV and hepatitis to Ukraine.
  • Social networks spread a video of Elon Must allegedly firing the head of Twitter’s censorship department in a live broadcast.
  • Collaborator Volodymyr Saldo argues that after the de-occupation of Kherson, Ukraine began repression against civilians.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Health denied this information. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has never turned to other countries for blood supplies. A recurring donation to the blood centers has been set up in Ukraine to maintain stocks.
  • In fact, this is a parody of real dismissals of company employees. The video was edited from two different podcasts. Elon Musk fired the legal policy, trust, and security head in the video in October but didn’t do it while on air.
  • Every time after the liberation of territories, russian terrorists make it up by saying Ukraine organizes total terror against civilians. However, civilians are not in danger if they did not cooperate with the occupiers or publicly support russian aggression. Ukrainian law explicitly lists signs of collaborationism: providing financial or informational support for russia, voluntarily occupying positions in illegal authorities or services in the occupation army.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 17

  • After the liberation of Kherson, russian Telegram channels began writing about the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ plans to transfer hostilities to the territory of russia and advance in the Kursk and Belgorod regions.
  • russian media outlets disseminated a photo of 3D graffiti in the center of Warsaw allegedly showing  Volodymyr Zelensky devouring dollars and euros and dragging Poland into a “black hole.”
  • russian collaborator Volodymyr Rogov said the EU reportedly imposed sanctions on enterprises of the Zaporizhzhia region, controlled by Ukraine.
  • Anonymous pro-russian channels wrote that over 50% of Ukraine’s population lived below the poverty line and that this indicator would increase to 70% by the end of next year.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Ukraine’s military and political leadership has repeatedly said the Armed Forces must liberate all Ukrainian territories. However, no official announced plans to transfer hostilities to enemy territory. The purpose of such information leaks is to demonize Ukraine and mobilize russians to fight against Ukrainians.
  • In reality, no graffiti exists. Employees of the Polish publication Konkret 24 visited where this image was supposed to be and took pictures proving there was no graffiti with the Ukrainian president in the center of Warsaw.
  • The EU adopted the 8th sanctions package against russia in October 2022. Sanctions were imposed against individuals and legal entities involved with pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories. The EU also banned the import of goods from the temporarily occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. However, the EU documents do not list enterprises in the Ukrainian-controlled territory controlled because the sanctions apply only to russia and the occupied territories.
  • Arup Banerji, World Bank regional country director for Eastern Europe, told Reuters that Twenty-five percent of Ukrainians would be living in poverty by year-end, up from just over 2% before the war, and the number could rise to as high as 55% by the end of next year. At the same time, the forecast might change if the war ended earlier and Ukraine could begin an economic recovery.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on November 16

  • russia did not launch missile strikes on Kyiv on November 15. Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles damaged all the buildings.
  • The leader of the “National Association” in the French Parliament, Marine Le Pen, said supplying weapons to Ukraine only contributed to the continuation of the conflict. Supplies should be stopped to speed up the start of peace talks.
  • Sergey Lavrov said at the G20 Summit that russia wanted to see concrete evidence that the West was ready to discipline Zelensky and bring him to the negotiating table.

Now the TRUTH:

  • As a result of the enemy rocket strikes on Kyiv on November 15, two residential buildings were damaged, and an older woman died in one of them. Overall, russia launched 96 missiles at Ukraine. Of these, 75 were shot down.
  • It is not the first time Marine Le Pen has expressed pro-russian sentiments. That is why she is promoting ideas about suspending weapons supplies to Ukraine, which is what russia expects. As for peace negotiations, Ukraine will not agree to talks unless its territorial integrity within the 1991 borders is restored. russia will not benefit from peace on such terms, therefore continuing hostilities and terrorizing the civilian population.
  • First of all, the war continues because russia has occupied part of Ukrainian territories. Ukraine’s Armed Forces keep winning back the occupied areas, maintaining defense in the liberated areas, and protecting the civilian population from russia’s missile terror. Under such conditions, the West cannot influence Zelensky and his desire for peace because negotiations will become possible only after the russian troops leave Ukraine. Besides, these statements are part of russia’s long-standing narrative about the West’s control over Ukraine. Such allegations are baseless because Ukraine makes its own decisions about its domestic and foreign policy, and the West cannot “discipline” the Ukrainian president, as Lavrov put it.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on November 15

  • According to russian media outlets, five years have passed since the day of the complete destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles in russia. “The last chemical projectile and the last drop of its equipment  (the combat poisoning substance Vx) was destroyed not far from the Udmurt city of Kisner.
  • Information was spread online about the US billionaire Elon Musk who bought the Twitter company promising to restore all blocked accounts of russians in this social network and remove the “State media” status from pro-Kremlin publications. In addition, Musk is allegedly going to contact Roskomnadzor to clarify the list of extremist or illegal materials to remove them later.
  • russian foreign minister Lavrov’s statements were spread online about Zelensky following the “ordersfrom the same group of countries that fought against the USSR in the Second World War. “Hitler united most of the countries of Europe under his banner to attack and destroy the Soviet Union. Currently, roughly the same group of countries, albeit with some variations, support Zelensky. But Zelensky is no Hitler, of course, because he doesn’t determine the actions against russia but is ordered to do specific things,” said the head of russia’s foreign ministry.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In October 2017, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) marked the completion of the destruction of 39,967 metric tons of russian chemical weapons stockpile. russia declared an arsenal of 39,967 metric tons of chemicals, including lewisite, mustard gas, phosgene, sarin, soman, and VX, when signing the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993. In the same year (2017), it was reported that the last of the seven facilities for the destruction of chemical weapons in russia had officially completed work in Kisner. However, according to the EUvsDisinfo project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task Force, russia still has undeclared stocks. Military laboratories that produced nerve agents such as Novichok and sarin continue to operate. russian scientists are allowed to continue researching new weapons under a loophole in the treaty that allows the production of small quantities of chemical weapons for defense purposes, such as calibration detection equipment.
  • The news is fictional. It was published on a satirical news website, with the primary source of the “news” being the satirical publication Panorama. The Panorama website explicitly says that all news is not real, being mere “satire and fiction.” Elon Musk did not make such statements in his interviews or write about such intentions on his social media pages.
  • Most European countries have supported Ukraine since the full-scale invasion of russia. On August 22, 2022, Forbes updated the rankings of countries providing for Ukraine the most during the war. The main criteria are aiding Ukraine and refugees (in billion euros), the amount of assistance to the country as a percentage of its GDP, the expulsion of russian diplomats, recognition of russia’s/USSR’s genocide against Ukraine, and essential support. The top five are Poland, Estonia, Latvia, the US, and Lithuania. The rankings also include countries in the “anti-Soviet” union: Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Romania. Japan is a center of support for Ukraine in Asia: this country introduced a number of sanctions against russian citizens. Hungary and Serbia, as russia’s formal partners, do not recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories and accept refugees.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 14

  • Information was spread online about russia allegedly using the Peresvet weapon in the war with Ukraine. Commentators note that the glow from using the latest weapons was visible in several russian cities at once. The publication’s authors add that Peresvet is capable of blinding the enemy’s intelligence systems with the help of a laser.
  • Information was spread online about 58% of Americans believing the United States should not provide aid to Ukraine. As confirmation, the results of the October 22-23 survey conducted by Morning Consult were cited.
  • russian mass media spread information about a detachment of Polish mercenaries fighting as part of the Armed Forces. In addition, russian media outlets claim the mercenaries from Poland allegedly shot Ukrainian soldiers.

Now the TRUTH:

  • These statements are false: an atmospheric phenomenon (the halo effect) occurred in several russian cities. This natural phenomenon periodically occurs when there is high humidity in the air. Light passes through crystallized water droplets, refracts, and forms pillars in the sky. Bright light sources (e.g., the moon, the spotlight of a street lamp, car headlights, etc.) cause the halo effect.
  • russian mass media said 58% of US citizens oppose aid to Ukraine. In reality, the respondents in the survey had to answer the statement: “My country’s government has a responsibility to protect and defend Ukraine from Russia.” According to the poll, 42% of respondents believe the US is obliged to help Ukraine, including 29% of registered Republican respondents, 56% of registered Democrats, and 38% of independent respondents.
  • That is not true. There is no unit of Polish mercenaries in Ukraine, and all NATO representatives are instructors at Ukrainian training centers. The official page of Poland’s Government Center for Security says russia has been making false accusations against Poland and NATO regarding participation in the war in Ukraine. In particular, this concerns the fake reports about Polish mercenaries taking over Donetsk. The information that foreigners are responsible for the counteroffensive of Ukrainians and that Ukraine would not achieve anything without them is also denied. russia uses narratives about foreign mercenaries to justify the failures of its army during the Armed Forces’ counteroffensive.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on November 8

  • Ukraine carried out a terrorist attack in the Kherson region, cutting power lines near Berislav and leaving the city without water, electricity, and heat.
  • The Kyiv authorities will arrange evacuations of 3 million Kyivans to forcibly populate the EU with Ukrainians because the EU did not voluntarily agree to accept so many refugees. Instead, Kyiv will be used to house the NATO contingent.
  • The nationalization of Ukrnafta, Ukrtatnafta, Motor Sich, AvtoKrAZ, and Zaporizhtransformator is a robbery of their real private owners.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian occupiers blew up high-voltage power lines in Beryslav, Kherson Region. There would probably be no electricity in the city until its complete de-occupation, the head of the regional military administration, Yaroslav Yanushevich, said. In addition, the occupiers had planted mines in water wells in Beryslav (overall, the city has 14 of them). He said the information on the number of mined ones was being clarified.
  • The announced plan involving the evacuation of Kyiv residents is the worst-case scenario that the authorities can apply in the event of a complete and prolonged absence of electricity, water, and heat supply. It should be understood that preparation for various scenarios of events is one of the elements of civil protection. However, the evacuation has nothing to do with the forced settlement of Ukrainians in the EU, much less with the placement of the NATO contingent — these are complete fabrications of russian propaganda.
  • On November 6, five large industrial enterprises (Ukrnafta, Ukrtatnafta, Motor Sich, AvtoKrAZ, and  Zaporizhtransformator) were transferred into the ownership of the state. “The decision has to do with repulsing russian aggression as effectively as possible,” Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said at a briefing, “starting with the supply of fuels and lubricants to the Armed Forces and repair of equipment and ending with other sectors.” The shares of the enterprises were equated to the military property to be under the control of the Ministry of Defense, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal clarified. In addition, nationalized entities had many problems. For instance, the owner of Motors Sich, Bohuslaiev, was arrested on suspicion of treason. Motor Sich had periodically caused problems associated with repairing the engines and blades of the Ukrainian rotorcraft. It was decided to nationalize Ukrnafta and Ukrtatnafta after the arrest in absentia of their co-owners, Ihor Kolomoiskyi and Hennadiy Boholiubov, by the russian court in Kazan. Ukrainian officials feared the russians might go to international courts to demand compensation or seize Ukrainian assets.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on November 7

  • The US calls on Ukraine to show its openness to negotiations with russia, as reported by several foreign mass media.
  • The US is most interested in continuing the war because it is not being fought on their territory and not by their people. There is also an opportunity to make money from the sale of weapons. That is how the US gets rid of competitors such as russia and the EU. The latter also suffers from sanctions, particularly on energy.
  • Ukraine is ready to be left without electricity, if only not to give up its European integration ambitions and join NATO (where no one is waiting for us anyway).

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian media outlets develop this narrative in their favor saying negotiations are the only option because the AFU are no match to the russian army on the battlefield. russian narratives citing world-class publications always have a greater effect on the domestic population since such news is easier to trust. putin and his accomplices use statements about openness to negotiations to take their time to change the situation on the frontline in their favor.
  • Neither Ukraine nor its allies, such as the US or the EU, are interested in waging war. russia started and continues it, while Ukraine defends its sovereignty and right to exist. Weapons from the USA are part of assistance to protect our country and the world from russian invaders. russia has repeatedly announced plans to attack other European countries after Ukraine because russia also considers them part of the empire or an imaginary threat to putin’s regime. An increase in world prices due to higher energy prices is indeed an indirect result of the sanctions. However, more importantly, sanctions are weakening the russian economy and, therefore, the russian army’s combat capability.
  • russia constantly promotes the narrative that power outages and related problems with heat and water are solely the results of the Zelensky regime’s actions saying if the “Nazi authorities in Kyiv” agreed to negotiations and refused to join the EU and NATO, it could be avoided. However, that is not true. russia has had no success on the battlefield, so it has been terrorizing Ukraine’s civilian population, continuing the strategy of intimidation and provoking panic among Ukrainians. By attacking our energy infrastructure, russia is trying to weaken our economy and exhaust our air defenses. That is not waging war but pure terrorism, for which there can be no justification.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on November 6

  • russia continues to rebuild Mariupol, just as it has been rebuilding Crimea for nine consecutive years.
  • The policies of Zelenskyi and his government have resulted in Ukraine’s facing a food crisis due to a reduction in the number of cows and pigs, which in turn is provoked by problems with electricity and rising feed prices.
  • Mortality is increasing in Ukraine not only because of hostilities but also because of the issues caused by the medical reform that actually destroyed healthcare. Insecure Ukrainians cannot receive free guaranteed medical care, and there is no money for private care due to extreme poverty in the country.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian media outlets show only beautiful pictures of constructions and selective assistance to the citizens in Mariupol. Instead, russian propagandists entirely omit the fact that the russian army razed Mariupol to the ground, killed tens of thousands of citizens, deported thousands of Ukrainians, including children, and deprived them of the opportunity to return home safely. The russian army deliberately destroyed residential buildings, hospitals, maternity wards, the Drama Theater, and other cultural institutions in Mariupol. To talk about reconstruction after that is utterly cynical.
  • russia is trying once again to impose the view that Ukrainians’ troubles are not due to the war unleashed by russia but solely to Zelensky’s policy and his unreadiness for peace. The problems with electricity, rising prices, reduction of livestock, and many other problems that Ukrainians have faced in the past nine months, are exclusively the consequences of russian terrorism, not the actions of the authorities. On the contrary, the government is trying to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure as quickly as possible to attract international financing to support the economy and get humanitarian support from other countries.
  • It is noteworthy that throughout the many years of implementing healthcare reform, its primary opponents were mainly pro-russian forces in Ukraine: from pro-russian media and Telegram channels to the OPFL party. I.e., despite the reform’s real benefits for individual citizens, doctors, hospitals, and the country’s budget (optimized spending), the reform opponents have tried to slow it down or even altogether cancel it so that Ukrainians would not receive decent medical care. The same is true now: despite the destruction of hospitals, the Ukrainian medical system continues to function and provide guaranteed medical services. As before, Ukrainians can make appointments with their family doctor without going to private clinics (although this option is also available). Rosprop once again uses such reports in an attempt to prove that the deaths of Ukrainians are the result of healthcare reform, not war. The war only deepened the healthcare system’s problems, which allegedly had not given Ukrainians the opportunity to receive treatment. What is remarkable about these reports is that they do not contain any evidence, figures, or facts that would prove Ukrainian medicine’s weakness.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on November 5

  • Ukrainians are massively buying all essential goods to survive in conditions of lack of water, electricity, and heat because they do not trust the authorities, who keep saying victory is about to come.
  • The authorities use the war for personal PR instead of ending hostilities as soon as possible at the negotiating table.
  • Poland does not give up its plans to seize Western Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Indeed, Ukrainians stock up enough of everything necessary for living in the conditions of an extended absence of electricity: candles, power banks, generators, long-term storage products, etc. However, it is not done because of not trusting the authorities. On the contrary, in its communication about electricity problems, the government does not hold back information about the difficulties Ukrainians might face in the coming winter, calling citizens to stockpile goods. Therefore, russian propaganda again tried to undermine the trust of Ukrainians in the authorities even though the latter did not make any statements about victory but acknowledged problems with electricity.
  • Ukraine continues to defend its territory, people, and sovereignty while russia drags on the war. It does not give up its imperial ambitions, openly declaring its intentions to destroy Ukrainians and hiding behind statements about the so-called “special operation against denazification.” As for the negotiations, russia is making them impossible by carrying out terrorist attacks in Ukraine daily. Ukraine will not sit down at the table of peace negotiations with terrorists, especially on conditions that are not favorable for Ukraine. Ukraine will agree to talks only if russia withdraws troops from Ukraine to the borders of 1991, including the return of Crimea and the TOT of Eastern and Southern Ukraine, guarantees non-aggression in the future, and agrees to pay compensation for all damages.
  • Poland has never announced plans to seize Ukraine or claim our country’s western regions. On the contrary, Poland financially supports Ukraine in this war, providing weapons, humanitarian aid, and shelter to millions of Ukrainian refugees. russia is trying to dump responsibility and prove that the danger for Ukraine lies in the West, particularly in the EU, which Ukraine is so eager to join. In contrast, russia is supposedly poised to defend Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 6 p.m. on October 31

  • Ukrainian reformers are trying to turn Ukraine into an agricultural state. They even publicly say that it is the only way to develop Ukraine.
  • The ban on the russian language for use in education affects exact sciences (e.g., physics and chemistry) due to a lack of respective scientific terms in Ukrainian.
  • Rocket attacks on October 31 were a response to Ukraine’s terrorist attacks on the Black Sea Fleet.
  • On October 31, russia launched missile strikes on military targets.
  • Ukrainian authorities hide the sale of Western-supplied weapons on black markets to prevent this information from appearing in Western media.
  • The OPU concealed the actual number of shot-down missiles. Forty-five out of fifty-five missiles shot down on October 31 were propaganda that did not correspond to reality. Eyewitnesses’ numerous videos and photos confirm this.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The reality is different: the reforms are designed to turn Ukraine into a developed European state able to produce and supply to the EU and world markets products competitive on global markets. And those are not agricultural products. The reforms must stabilize our economy, ensure its constant growth, and increase Ukraine’s prestige for investors. This can be achieved by overcoming corruption, optimizing budget revenues and spending, making the tax system transparent and understandable, and making tax collection effective. Also, the courts must operate transparently and honestly. That is what the reforms are aimed at; there is no question of transforming Ukraine into an agricultural state.
  • This allegation is totally absurd. Firstly, the state language was used for secondary and higher education in Ukraine even before passing the language law: the new law only enshrined this requirement. Allegations about the lack of standard terminology do not make any sense, either. Most of the terms used in exact sciences are of Latin origin and sound similar in russian, Ukrainian, or English. russia makes such statements trying to discredit Ukrainian education and impose the russian system, completely erasing the years of reforming Ukraine’s education system.
  • That is precisely how russia wants us to think. Like, our government and we are terrorists deserving punishment through shelling. However, unlike russia, the Armed Forces never attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine or russia, kill or torture the civilian population, or organize energy, nuclear, or food blackmail. The terrorist state is russia, and even some countries recognize this.
  • That is not true. On October 31, russia attacked 18 energy facilities. Because of the strikes, emergency power cuts were imposed on the country again, and some regions had no water. If russia does believe that the energy infrastructure is the same as military facilities, it is another proof that we are dealing with a terrorist country.
  • Since at least April, russia has been trying to convince the world that Ukraine resells Western weapons on black markets. However, there is no confirmation of this. Europol and Interpol have only expressed concern over such risks, but none of our partners has revealed any actual instances of smuggling.
  • russia primarily uses such messages to make us begin doubting our air defense and lose faith, i.e., stop supporting our army, government, and each other, and panic forcing the government to make peace, even on unfavorable terms. For greater effect, propagandists can use the same videos and photos or ones taken on different dates to create the effect of mass strikes. Therefore, it is crucial to trust official sources of information (particularly Ukraine’s Armed Forces Air Command regarding attacking enemy targets) and carefully check published photos and videos.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on October 31

  • russian media outlets continued to spread the idea that evacuating the population of Kherson meant saving people from the Ukrainian military that uses Ukrainians as human shields. That is precisely what happened in Mariupol when the Armed Forces refused to evacuate the civilian population, and tens of thousands of people in the city died.
  • russian telegram channels also revived allegations that the russian “liberators” were forced to use kamikaze robots to demine the “liberated” (i.e., occupied) territories from butterfly mines planted by the Armed Forces.
  • Ukraine hardly receives any genuine financial support because Western partners have been using Ukraine for corruption schemes to withdraw funds under the guise of aid.
  • At the beginning of the full-scale war, 99% of the Armed Forces battalions engaged in looting, banditry, and drugs. The Telegram channel “Resident” learned about this from documents received from anonymous sources.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There has been no evacuation from the Kherson region but the deportation of Ukrainians to russia. The same thing happened in Mariupol, which russia still keeps silent about, hiding behind statements about the alleged rescue activities to save the population from shelling by the Armed Forces. It should be remembered that killing civilians and destroying residential buildings, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, and playgrounds are part of russia’s warfare methods, not Ukraine’s. It also includes changing the demographic composition of the occupied areas to completely deprive the Ukrainian regions of their identity.
  • The video showing the so-called kamikaze robots is primarily about testing prototypes, not their actual use. More importantly, Ukraine does not use PFM-1 as our country got rid of anti-personnel mines long ago under international obligations. But russia did not, being the only country using “Green Parrots” (which are almost invisible on the ground and can harm civilians) in this war.
  • This is another russian propaganda narrative that russia has been spreading among Ukrainians for years, saying the West is not interested in providing real help to Ukraine, using the country for its own purposes. That is also not true. Ukraine has received substantial support from its Western partners, including financial aid to balance our budget and humanitarian, military, and even diplomatic help.
  • “Resident” is a Telegram channel recognized by the SBU as controlled by the russian special services. The Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council also considers this channel a source of enemy propaganda. This widely spread allegation is baseless since anonymous sources cannot be regarded as official, and it is impossible to verify the authenticity of “documents obtained from anonymous sources.” The sources’ anonymity indicates that the information can either be made up or harm the persons sharing it and, therefore, can harm Ukraine and Ukrainians during wartime.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on October 30

  • According to russia’s defense ministry, the US company Metabiota and the Ukrainian Science and Technology Center (USTC) planned to study the Ebola virus at the Mechnikov Anti-Plague Research Institute in Odesa. russia’s representatives said that since the Ebola virus had never been recorded in Ukraine, such studies were suspicious and part of the US strategy to conduct dangerous research in other countries.
  • On June 17, 2022, Ukrainian paramedic and volunteer Yuliia Paievska (call sign Taira) was released after spending three months in russian captivity. During her captivity and after her release, russian media outlets and pro-russian users spread information about her kidnapping of two children whose parents she reportedly killed to leave Mariupol unimpeded.
  • Information spread online about egg prices in Ukraine reportedly increasing due to a lack of feed in poultry farms because all the grain was exported to Europe.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The USA did not plan to conduct dangerous research on the Ebola virus in Odesa. Cooperation between Ukraine and the USA is aimed at modernizing Ukrainian laboratories. To prove representatives of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and the US had such plans, russia cited an excerpt from an application to the National Science and Technology Center describing the research project. The published document is not about a joint study of the Ebola virus but about improving laboratory diagnostics of dangerous viruses, including the Ebola virus, at the I.I. Mechnikov Ukrainian Anti-Plague Research Institute. According to the document, the anti-plague institute is the only laboratory in Ukraine equipped to work with the most dangerous strains. The priority project with the American side is justified by the risk of spreading harmful viruses in Ukraine, laboratory employees’ lack of experience in diagnosing the Ebola virus, and the lack of materials necessary for diagnosis.
  • One of the first notable mentions of Yuliia in the russian media was the special edition of the NTV channel’s “A Woman Nicknamed the Beast” program aired on March 27, 2022. The video used excerpts from an interview with Yuliia Paievska, who was already in captivity. This program episode featured the main russian version of the volunteer’s capture when leaving Mariupol. According to it, the occupation forces detained Yuliia Paievska and two children (brother and sister, 5-6 months and 2.5 years old, respectively), whose parents were killed. It became clear from the interview that she tried to take the orphans to a safe place (Zaporizhzhia) with other children and women from Mariupol. After evacuating the civilians, Taira planned to return to Mariupol. The TV story further provides third-party testimonies of Taira allegedly using children forcibly as a cover to escape from Azovstal. After the NTV broadcast, other russian media outlets began to openly write about Taira being responsible for the death of the two children’s parents. The testimonies include pretty illogical accounts about the children, who, despite their young age, pointed at Yuliia as the murderer of their parents (children of this age have somewhat limited communication skills). Neither the NTV video nor other russian sources provide the children’s account or other evidence of their “abduction” and the murder of their parents.
  • Firstly, seasonality affects the price. Domestic chickens stop laying in autumn and winter, so the demand for eggs in stores increases, raising the cost. Secondly, the cost is a principal factor. Chickens require light and warmth, but September was colder than usual, which made producers spend more on keeping the chickens warm. Animal feed is also becoming more expensive because of the impossibility of gathering part of the harvest (used for fodder). Due to the war, not all fields were sown, and it was not safe to harvest everywhere. Manufacturers most likely include the risk of power outages in the price. Thirdly, some producers did not start increasing the livestock of chickens in time due to the war and uncertainty. Industrial producers began doing it only in June and not in the spring (as usual). Therefore, this year the new chickens will grow up later and, accordingly, will start laying later. Fourthly, part of the poultry farms occupying a significant market share ended up in the territories currently held by russia. Consequently, the supply on the market decreased. For instance, the Dmytrivka Poultry Farm in the Donetsk region, Stimul 777 in the Luhansk region, a branch of Bohodukhiv Poultry Farm in the Kharkiv region, and Avangard Poultry Farming in the Kherson region all stopped or significantly reduced their activities.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on October 29

  • According to russia’s permanent representative at the UN, Vasili Nebenzya, US laboratories in Ukraine could work on mosquitoes carrying biological weapons.
  • Nebenzya also hinted that the Armed Forces could use chemical or biological weapons carried by Bayraktar drones.
  • Nebenzya said at a UN meeting that US laboratories also worked on a project involving birds that could carry dangerous viruses, particularly those of pathogenic influenza or coronavirus.
  • Furthermore, Nebenzya decided to scare everyone by saying other harmful viruses were kept in bio laboratories (measles, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, and other socially significant infections).

Now the TRUTH:

  • First of all, all of russia’s allegations about US bio laboratories are fiction, as stated by US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who said, “The accusation is pure fabrication brought forth without a shred of evidence. The United States does not have a biological weapons program, and there are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories.” Britain’s UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward also said russia purposefully clogged up the agenda of the UN Security Council with nonsense instead of fulfilling its own obligations. The allegations about mosquitoes are just as baseless, although it was not the first time russian propagandists were looking for so-called “combat mosquitoes” in Ukraine. Earlier, russian media outlets cited the comments of a russian army representative to write about viruses that could be transmitted through mosquito bites, studied in US bio laboratories in Ukraine. The russian defense ministry tried to convince everyone about plans to infect the population through mosquitoes, as allegedly published in official documents. However, this was also fake news because nothing in the papers said about infecting people with viruses through mosquito bites. Instead, the study aimed to infect mosquitoes with a virus pathogenic to these insects to prevent the spreading of viral diseases dangerous to humans.
  • This fake story is also old. russia has been spreading similar allegations since at least late March. On March 31, russia’s defense ministry published a document in which the Ukrainian authorities allegedly requested the Baykar Makina company to equip Bayraktar drones with capabilities to spray biological weapons. On September 3, this russian body cited the same document saying that Kyiv aimed to install devices for spraying chemical substances on drones. The russian representatives clarified that the drones’ flight range was 300 km, so the “new weapon” could threaten russia. Nebenzya repeated the same thing at the UN. It is not so. Ukraine never contacted Baykar Makina with a request to install chemical spraying devices on its drones. Also, the Convention on Chemical Weapons signed by Turkey and Ukraine prohibits the development, acquisition, stockpiling, and storage of chemical weapons. The document also requires that member states destroy all of their chemical weapons and production facilities.
  • This is another old fake story. Earlier, Kremlin propaganda tried to convince everyone that the US and its allies wanted to create bioagents capable of selectively affecting different ethnic groups of the population. Interestingly, this fake news did not align with the statements of Ukrainians and russians being one people. Otherwise, how could viruses infect russians but not Ukrainians? This question remained rhetorical. However, no bioagents affecting specific ethnic groups of the population exist in reality. Biological weapons, per se, are rather an archaic idea. Indeed, during the Cold War, they tried to figure out how to use pathogenic organisms for military purposes. However, they never figured out how to use them without the danger of killing their own soldiers. Therefore, developing such weapons makes no sense. Here too, we see a propaganda technique of passing wishful thinking off as reality. The idea of migrations of birds infected with viruses also sounds nonsense. Arguably, it is impossible to “stuff” geese with “combat viruses” simply because they do not exist.
  • The complete list of laboratories and institutions supported by the US Department of Defense is publicly available on the website of the US Embassy in Ukraine. The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s documentation contains no evidence of biological experiments being carried out in Ukraine (publicly available for years). Under the US biological threat reduction program, Ukraine modernized laboratories to achieve higher biosafety levels, conducted research projects, engaged in epidemiological surveillance, etc. Until 2014, the same applied to russian laboratories.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on October 28

  • A video of handing out water in Mykolaiv circulated online, reportedly showing the military refusing to give water to the sick, children, pensioners, and people with disabilities.
  • On October 21, 2022, Rossotrudnichestvo (russia’s federal agency for CIS affairs, compatriots living abroad, and international humanitarian cooperation) said the “Russian Houses” opened warming centers for Europeans because of high prices for gas and electricity there. The agency purportedly wanted to show that Europeans would freeze without russian gas supplies. The following day, russian media outlets reported that residents of Finland and Luxembourg were already coming to the “Russian Houses” to warm up.
  • Ukraine’s language policy is similar to apartheid in the South African Republic. This was stated by Kulekani Mondli Skosan of the International Liaison office of the African National Congress Youth League, who arrived to observe the russian pseudo-referendum held in the temporarily russian-occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region.

Now the truth:

  • The video shows the process of handing out water to residents. The person responsible for delivering water explains that each person present can take only three bottles per person for themselves. It is not allowed to take water for others, even if other persons’ documents are presented. No one is refused water. As Mykolayiv mayor Oleh Sienkevych noted during a press briefing on October 7, 2022, the city currently hands out potable water from trucks, with water distribution outlets organized in state and communal bodies. The city has been supplied with water in this way since April because the russian troops destroyed the pipes supplying water from the Dnipro River in the spring. Since May, technical water has been provided from the Southern Buh. However, such water is salty and unsuitable for consumption.
  • The air temperature in Luxembourg on October 21, 2022, was 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Overall, the minimum air temperatures over October 15-21 were 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. The news that residents of Finland and Luxembourg came to the “Russian Houses” to warm themselves up came with a video from the cartoon Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmey” shown in such an establishment in Copenhagen. The video was published on the Russian House Telegram channel on October 22. The captions said children were treated to hot tea and gingerbread before the showing. There was no mention of visitors coming to warm themselves up.
  • This is not true. Ukraine’s language policy cannot be compared with apartheid because it does not discriminate or ban other languages, in particular russian. This is consistent with russian disinformation narratives about Ukraine’s russian-speaking population being allegedly oppressed and about the Ukrainian government being a “puppet in the hands of the West.” According to the law “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language,” Ukrainian is the only state language on the territory of Ukraine, mandatory for state authorities and the public sector throughout the country. However, the law does not regulate private communication, religious ceremonies, book publishing, and media for national minorities.Regarding  education, Article 21 of the law states that “persons who belong to national minorities of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to study in communal educational institutions to obtain preschool and primary education in  the language of the respective national minority of Ukraine, alongside the state language.” According to Article 30, services in Ukraine must be provided in the official language. However, point 3 reads, “at the request of clients, services to them can be provided in another language acceptable to the parties.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on October 27

  • Ukraine intends to carry out a nuclear provocation to detonate the so-called “dirty bomb” over Kyiv and blame it on russia. For this purpose, Ukraine’s Pivdenmash plant in Dnipro is allegedly creating mock-up Iskander missiles to carry a dirty nuclear projectile. It should be shot down over the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
  • president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, threatened Italy with punishment for its people’s “wrong” choice during the parliamentary elections.
  • Due to increased gas prices, some large European productions are forced to move to the USA. Such a trend will purportedly turn Europe into a “deindustrialized wasteland” inhabited by “angry and impoverished people.”
  • russian media outlets, citing the words of the permanent representative to the OSCE, Oleksandr Lukashevich, wrote that OSCE was covering up crimes allegedly committed by the “Kyiv regime.”  “We’re forced to point out publicly that ignoring the civilian victims of Ukrainian shelling, in our opinion, is no longer a regrettable situational error on the part of the OSCE leadership. It’s acquired the character of systematic concealment of crimes. All this only encourages the Kyiv regime to perpetrate new atrocities,” Lukashevich said.

Now the truth:

  • It is impossible to secretly retrieve even a tiny fraction of radioactive substances in Ukraine without the IAEA’s knowledge, as in other countries that are members of this organization. The monitoring system for radioactive substances is a never-sleeping eye of a thousand surveillance cameras, radiation sensors, and other detectors constantly collecting information. The unique IAEA seals guarantee the integrity of radioactive materials. The cameras are located in containers to detect intrusions. In addition, cameras are installed in spent fuel storage areas, storage pools, and all transit points through which nuclear material passes. Absolutely all operations at nuclear facilities are monitored 24/7. The IAEA uses satellites for round-the-clock access to all systems controlling radioactive materials in various countries, including Ukraine.
  • This is manipulation. On the eve of the elections to the Italian Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen only reminded them of the importance of respecting democratic principles. Von der Leyen’s speech was not a hidden or open threat to Italians but only a warning to Italy’s future leaders about the need to adhere to democratic principles.
  • This is manipulation. Analysts and investors say that Europe remains a desirable market for advanced manufacturing boasting a skilled industrial workforce. Despite the restrictions on russian gas supplies to Europe and the consequences of russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU economy did not suffer a significant blow. According to European Commission’s recent estimates, real GDP is expected to grow by 2.6% in the Eurozone and 2.7% in the EU in 2022. Inflation is expected to average 7.6% in the Eurozone and 8.3% in the EU.
  • This is fake news. There is no reason to claim that Ukraine commits war crimes, and the OSCE ignores them. The Kremlin media keep spreading this narrative accusing the OSCE of being biased in favor of Ukraine and working in the interests of the Ukrainian special services. Pro-russian media often discredit international organizations in this way. For instance, EUvsDisinfo fact-checkers documented numerous disinformation cases regarding the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the WHO, WADA, the OPCW, and the UN. However, there is no evidence of Ukraine ever committing crimes against civilians. There is also no evidence that the OSCE was informed of alleged crimes and ignored these facts.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on October 26

  • In October, information spread online about the Turkish company Baykar reportedly refusing to build a plant in Ukraine.
  • They claimed on social networks that the SBU declared Aleksandr Lukashenka wanted. According to Internet users, if Oleksandr Lukashenko had participated in the presidential elections of Ukraine, he would have won 60-70% of the vote. All opinion polls of Ukrainians until February 24, 2022, reportedly testified to this.
  • Information spread online about analytical and rating organizations noting a negative trend in Zelensky’s rating, with his support levels dropping. Therefore, the West increasingly pressured the president’s entourage, preparing a “substitutes bench” for this role.

Now the truth:

  • There is no reason to claim that Baykar refused to build a plant in Ukraine. Neither Baykar representatives nor representatives of Ukraine reported such news. The earliest mention of this was in a post dated October 25 on the Telegram channel “Resident.” The channel’s authors did not use open sources but “our source in the Office of the President.” SBU has repeatedly reported that this Telegram channel works with russia’s special services to regularly spread disinformation about Ukraine.
  • This is false because the SBU did not declare Aleksandr Lukashenka wanted, and he did not have a high level of support in Ukrainian society before February 24, 2022. Moreover, no public opinion polls were conducted in Ukraine regarding his hypothetical participation in the Ukrainian presidential elections. In a comment for the Ukrainian National News agency, the SBU spokesperson denied information about Lukashenka being wanted. Besides, Lukashenka is not listed on the websites of the SBU and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, listing wanted persons.
  • This is not true. Ukrainians trust the Ukrainian President more. Allegations regarding Western pressure on Ukrainian politics are also baseless. The Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center sociological service conducted a survey between August 5 and August 12, 2022. 79% of respondents answered the question about whether they trusted the President. Overall, the trust balance was 71%. Under this methodology, the balance is the difference between the share of those having trust and those having none. Although only 36% of respondents trusted the President in last year’s August survey, resulting in a negative trust balance of -21%, the levels of trust in the Ukrainian President increased by 92% over the year. The sociological group “Rating” documented increased trust in the President. On October 2022, satisfaction levels for Zelensky were at 84%, the highest figure in all the years of his presidency. Previously, the President’s highest favorability rating stood at 65% in July 2019.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 6 p.m. on October 21

  • The martial law imposed by russia on the temporarily occupied territories is necessary to establish order and defend those areas.
  • The occupying authorities of Mariupol dismantled the Holodomor victims’ memorial erected 18 years ago in the city center near the drama theater. The so-called “DPR” emphasized that it was not a war against monuments but against symbols of political disinformation.
  • Silvio Berlusconi, the leader of the Forza Italia party and former Prime Minister, warned that Ukraine’s accession to NATO would lead to a world war.
  • “Potential collaborators” were detained in the Kharkiv region, indicating organized extermination of those disloyal to the Kyiv regime.

Now the truth:

  • The russian president’s decree concerns “mobilization measures in the economy and regional and local administrations.” In reality, it has to do with the forced mobilization of men in the temporarily occupied territories similar to that in the so-called “LPR” and “DPR.” Furthermore, Ukrainians are often forced to work for the aggressor country because of threats to their and their loved ones’ life and health. putin’s decree also mentions “carrying out civil defense measures” and “measures to meet the needs of the troops and the population.” In reality, it legitimizes looting, military dictatorship, and torture of the Ukrainian population in the temporarily occupied territories.
  • The occupiers demolished the monument to the Holodomor victims in Mariupol. By doing so, they showed again they were waging war primarily against the Ukrainian national consciousness and historical memory. The destruction of a monument set up in honor of the Holodomor victims is a sign of solidarity with the Stalinist organizers of this tragedy. russia never condemned the crimes of Stalinism, repeating them in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories. Filtration and concentration camps, mass murders, robbery, torture, deportations, and poisonous propaganda campaigns are something we have been through before.
  • According to the full recording of Berlusconi’s words, the politician is known to have claimed that after coming to power, Volodymyr Zelensky increased attacks on the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” forcing the leaders of the so-called “republics” to turn to vladimir putin for help. And according to Berlusconi, putin decided to begin the special operation. The russian troops were supposed to invade Ukraine, reach Kyiv in a week, overthrow the current government and Zelenskyi and set up the government elected by the Ukrainian minority comprised of decent, sane people, and return [to russia] a week later. Berlusconi went on to speak of “unforeseen resistance from the Ukrainians, who started receiving money and weapons from the West on the third day.” “And the war turned from a two-week operation into a two-hundred-year war. So, that’s the situation with the war in Ukraine,” he concludes. Berlusconi, known for his friendship with russia’s president, repeated all narratives of enemy propaganda. However, his speech was condemned in Italy. The leader of the Brothers of Italy party, Georgia Meloni, who would take the prime minister’s chair after winning the elections, commented on Berlusconi’s words, “Italy is fully, and with its head held high, part of Europe and the Atlantic Alliance. Anyone who does not agree with this cornerstone will not be able to be part of the government at the cost of not being a government. Italy, with us in government, will never be the weak link of the West, the unreliable nation so dear to many of our detractors.
  • After the so-called “tactical retreat” (i.e., fleeing from Kharkiv Oblast due to the AFU’s powerful counteroffensive), russian propaganda still tried to prove that the AFU committed atrocities in the de-occupied territories and that the Ukrainian special services persecuted everyone sympathetic to russia. However, the occupiers hoped until the very last minute to keep the Kharkiv region, assuring their collaborators that a referendum was about to be held and the region would become part of russia. Fortunately, this did not happen, and the russian military abandoned the collaborators. Therefore, it is pretty natural that work is currently underway to identify the collaborators. Even if a person is suspected of collaborationism under Ukrainian law, the investigation and the court will have the final say.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on October 21

  • The Ukrainian government does not want to sit at the negotiating table or stop hostilities diplomatically because it is not independent, and the Western curators do not allow it to stop the war.
  • Belarusian propagandists are not too far behind their russian “colleagues.” According to them, the participation of Belarusians in the so-called “special operation” includes providing medical assistance and shelter for both russians and Ukrainians. Belarus is not participating in the war, has not killed, and will not kill anyone.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces intensified their attempts to capture the Zaporizhzhia NPP to compensate for the losses of the energy system from attacks on the energy infrastructure.
  • Ukraine must give up the annexed territories to prevent a third world war.

Now the truth:

  • Ukraine does not want to sit at the table of peace negotiations because russia is a terrorist country, and there can be no negotiations with terrorists. More importantly, russia would agree to peace only on unfavorable terms for Ukraine. russia, in turn, wants Ukraine to completely disarm and stop moving towards the EU and NATO, with the country’s leadership controlled by russia. russia has occupied parts of Ukraine and kills, tortures, and terrorizes the civilian population of Ukrainian cities daily. After all, russia does not recognize Ukraine as an independent state, openly violating its sovereignty. Therefore, the fighting will continue until the Ukrainian territories are freed from the russian invaders.
  • In this war, Belarus became a bridgehead enabling the russian army to attack Ukraine from the north. We are talking about the offensive on Kyiv and Chernihiv in February, and the massive missile and drone attacks from Belarus’ territory, which continue even today. Belarusian monitoring groups constantly monitor the movements of russian equipment and of military personnel, the departure of fighter jets, and the launch of missiles in Belarus, after which repeated air raid alerts are announced in Ukraine. However, it can be seen not only in Ukraine. The sanctions introduced against Belarus show the world also recognizes Belarus’ participation in the war against Ukraine.
  • russia captured the ZNPP back in March. Since then, it has continuously accused the Armed Forces of shelling the plant. However, if the reasons for the alleged shelling used to be terror and the alleged desire of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to cause a nuclear disaster, now russia has come up with a new explanation, namely, the need to make up for the load on the energy system. Notably, a similar narrative is now being widely spread by russian media outlets and social networks: the load was directed to Ukrainian nuclear power plants to balance Ukraine’s energy system. Probably, that is how russia “announces” new potential targets for strikes (atomic power plants and their power stations). russia’s goal remains the same: inflicting terror, cold, and darkness on Ukrainians to make them feel panic and despair to eventually agree to peace on terms favorable only to russia.
  • There is no mention of returning the captured territories, releasing people deported from Ukraine against their will, paying compensations for the damages caused by the war, and the agreement on the extradition of war criminals. russia does not deal with these issues for a straightforward reason wanting to end the war victorious. However, with the russian troops retreating, russian industry lacking resources, and the collapsing economy, the immediate cessation of hostilities would be the only way for russia to save face. To this end, the Kremlin is willing to resort to nuclear blackmail while its useful idiots in the West are calling louder and louder for peace.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 4 p.m. on October 20

  • The “Ukrainian issue” directly resonates with the issue of terrorism in the Middle East and the activities of the banished ISIS. Therefore, russia continues the fight against terrorism as it did in Ichkeria.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces reduced the intensity of shelling in the Kherson region, probably due to a lack of ammunition because the shelling of Ukraine disrupted supplies in October.
  • Great Britain is not interested in helping Ukraine because it is mainly focused on electing a new Prime Minister after the resignation of Liz Truss.
  • The collective West is trying to drag Belarus into the war as if it were not enough to set Ukrainians and russians against each other.

Now the truth:

  • At a plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada, MPs recognized Ichkeria as a territory temporarily occupied by russia, condemning the genocide of the Chechen people. russia’s terrorist actions link Ukraine and Ichkeria. In 1999, under the pretext of allegedly “protecting peaceful citizens,” russia started the second war with Ichkeria and occupied the country.
  • Quite the contrary: massive missile and kamikaze drone attacks increased the partner countries’ assistance. For instance, the United States provided Ukraine with a new military aid package worth $725 million, including artillery shells and remote anti-tank mine systems. Germany agreed to transfer the IRIS-T air defense systems and another military aid package. Also, Italy provided a new military aid package, and the European Union increased military assistance to EUR 3.1 billion and launched a military training mission.
  • Great Britain never announced its intention to reduce or suspend aid to Ukraine. No such statements were heard, even after reports about a new Prime Minister. On the contrary, this week, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace announced a new package of military aid for the Ukrainian military for the winter period. The assistance will include 25,000 sets of winter uniforms for service members and missiles for air defense systems.
  • The West did not launch a full-scale war against Ukraine; russia did. And it was russia that deployed its equipment and personnel on the territory of Belarus to invade Ukraine under the guise of military exercises. Therefore, the West is not trying to drag Belarus into the war. However, russia continues to transfer equipment to Belarus, using its territory as a springboard for attacks. For instance, on October 19, nine Shahed-136 attack UAVs were launched from Belarus. And on October 20, investigative journalists found out that the amount of military equipment at the Zyabrivka airfield in Belarus had increased, particularly the S-300/400 air defense systems that could be used to fire at bordering Ukrainian cities from Belarus.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 9 p.m. on October 18

  • Against the backdrop of the aggravating situation on the southern front, russia will evacuate Kherson residents to russia. russia is preparing an evacuation resettlement program.
  • According to the commander of the so-called “special operation,” Sergei Surovikin, the Armed Forces lose 600-1000 people daily.
  • Surovikin also said Ukraine’s Armed Forces use blocking units to shoot those trying to flee from the front line.
  • Surovikin said the Ukrainian army would use prohibited warfare methods fighting for Kherson.
  • Surovikin said the russian army aimed to save the lives of as many military and civilians as possible.
  • Surovikin repeated that Ukraine was not independent but dependent on the West and NATO.

Now the truth:

  • The so-called evacuation “a la russia” is the deportation of the Kherson region residents to russia. russia carried out such an “evacuation” in eastern Ukraine, particularly in Mariupol and, earlier, in Crimea. Ukrainians are sent to the most depressing russian regions, deprived of means of communication and documents to eventually force them to obtain russian citizenship.
  • According to the latest data by Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar, the loss ratio is approximately 1 to 6.5. However, the critical loss ratio is 1 to 8, after which the enemy’s army will psychologically “collapse.” Notably, over the last week, russia lost 300 to 500 soldiers daily.
  • Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence reported earlier that russia, not Ukraine, uses barrage detachments. For instance, russia used barrier troops during the battles for Izium and Balaklia. As you know, that did not help russia avoid “tactical retreats” either.
  • Surovikin did not specify what he meant by prohibited warfare methods. However, those include using prohibited weapons (chemical or biological) and incendiary ammunition and causing significant environmental or uncontrolled damage to the civilian population. Ukraine complies with all provisions of international humanitarian law and cannot apply such warfare methods. In contrast, russia was documented to have used incendiary ammunition during the war in Ukraine or chemical weapons, e.g., during the war in Syria. Notably, the russian army caused environmental damage amounting to UAH 962 billion. 20% of Ukraine’s nature conservation areas have been under threat due to russia’s actions.
  • By October 18 (when Surovikin said it), the russian army had lost 65,850 people. However, the shellings of Ukraine by russia from October 7 to 18 left over 70 people dead and over 240 injured. In addition, thousands of the russian army’s victims were discovered during the exhumations in the Kyiv and Kharkiv regions, and tens of thousands died in Mariupol.
  • Surovikin repeated the narrative of russian propaganda, spread by russia for at least the past eight years. However, russia never provided sufficient evidence about Ukraine being dependent on the so-called “collective West” or NATO. The Western countries, in particular Europe and the USA, have significantly supported Ukraine during the full-scale war. Before the war, they helped us with loans to implement reforms and sustainable economic growth. These reforms continue to add stability to the Ukrainian economy, allowing it to continue moving towards the EU even in wartime conditions. However, neither the West nor NATO governs Ukraine or determines our domestic or foreign policy. Ukraine has been independent since 1991, and only russia has been trying to violate our independence.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 10 a.m. on October 18

  • The Ukrainian authorities have significantly reduced the requirements for the state of health of mobilized citizens and practically draft everyone indiscriminately. In addition, Oleksiy Arestovych announced a new wave of mobilization in Ukraine. russian Telegram channels call on Ukrainian students to get ready to be mobilized.
  • The so-called Ukrainian militants admitted they were to blame for the Shahed-136 collapsing on a residential building in Kyiv.
  • Against the backdrop of the European energy crisis, more and more Ukrainians plan to return to Ukraine because European countries keep curtailing aid programs for Ukrainian refugees, and Europeans are becoming increasingly hostile to Ukrainians.
  • The shelling of Ukrainian cities is revenge for Ukraine’s Armed Forces shelling Donbas for eight years.

Now the truth:

  • There were no official announcements from the Ministry of Defense, decisions by the Cabinet of Ministers, or legislative changes from the Verkhovna Rada to indicate a reduction in the requirements for the state of Ukrainians, subject to mobilization. As for Arestovych’s statements, most media outlets took his words out of context. The complete phrase was, “We’ll need to mobilize again: psychologically, militarily, and politically. Continuation of mobilizations is likely waiting for us at some point.” Anyway, Oleksiy Arestovich is not a source of reliable information. If new waves of mobilization are to be announced in Ukraine, such information must come from state authorities.
  • This is not true. The Ukrainian military, police, and territorial defense members never said a kamikaze drone fell on a residential building due to attempts to shoot it down. The drone struck a residential building erected between the 19th and 20th centuries in the city’s Shevchenkivsky district. Sixteen families lost their homes because the building could not be restored. The attack left five people dead.
  • To disprove this, russian propaganda outlets deliberately focus only on those cases when Ukrainian refugees faced hostility from Europeans or lost support from the host country for whatever reason. However, Ukrainians are not denied assistance en masse in European countries and are not expelled from host countries. It is evidenced by the fact that millions of Ukrainians remain abroad. russia is trying to convince Ukrainians they are not welcome in Europe to prove that it is better to live under occupation than in an unfriendly Europe.
  • During the eight years of an ongoing war, Ukraine never killed, terrorized, or tortured the Ukrainian population in the country’s east. In contrast, russia generally hid its participation in the war until the full-scale invasion, blaming Ukraine for shelling the so-called “DPR” and “LPR.” Russia does not give up its version, saying that only Ukraine bombarded Donbas for eight years and using this fabricated reason to justify its terrorism.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 4 p.m. on October 17

  • Ukrainian air defense is exhausted and unable to repel russian missile and Iranian drone attacks.
  • A wave of protests against price increases, higher energy costs, and Ukrainian refugees struck European cities. Overall, protesters in various countries stood up against pro-European policies, which was indicative of the crumbling integrity of the European system.
  • A photo of a man firing a gun at Iranian drones from his window circulated online.
  • The US is forcing Ukraine to liberate Kherson before the congressional elections to pass it off as a victory of the US ruling powers and earn the voters’ support.

Now the truth:

  • Yesterday (October 17), the air defense forces shot down 37 of the 43 kamikaze drones used by the russians to attack Ukraine in less than a day, which is over 85% of the drones that attacked Ukraine from the south. Today (October 18), the Ukrainian Air Forces downed 12 targets, including a russian Su-25 attack aircraft, six kamikaze drones, and one Х-101/or Х-555 cruise missile.
  • Notably, the protests in European cities were reported only by russian and pro-russian outlets, with much less coverage in the Ukrainian media outlets. Furthermore, those were mass protests in various European cities. The russian media outlets started disseminating this narrative after a rally in Paris, where people came out against the rising cost of living and raising the retirement age. Also, some protests against the refugee tent city reportedly took place in Austria, but the russian media exaggerated the news. At any rate, those individual protests were not massive or against pro-European policies. Naturally, they were not indicative of the disintegration of the European system.
  • This photo was taken at least in 2021 and had nothing to do with the events in Kyiv on October 17. russian propaganda outlets began spreading fake information about a man “hunting for drones ” to show that Kyiv was not protected from enemy UAVs and that civilians with rifles performed the function of an anti-drone dome in the city. In addition, other propaganda channels used the image to highlight the danger of shooters in the city and to remind the authorities of the mistake of freely handing out weapons on the streets in the full-scale war’s early days.
  • The USA does not influence Ukraine’s decisions regarding the liberation of territories. The counteroffensive in the Kherson region requires informational silence, and Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff will report its progress. russia is trying to connect two unrelated events, namely the liberation of the Kherson region and the elections to the US Congress, to point out once again that the West has been using Ukraine only in its own interests and is not interested in providing support. Ukraine is a puppet in the hands of the West, dependent on aid. Both narratives are part of russian disinformation campaigns and have nothing to do with reality.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 2 p.m. on October 17

  • Iranian Shahed-136 drones successfully struck their targets in Kyiv on the morning of October 17.
  • A giant red moon rose over the Kremlin on the night of October 16-17 as a symbol of russia’s fierce battles against Ukraine or proof that russia would soon use nuclear weapons.
  • Pensioners fought over products in a Kyiv supermarket.
  • A warning appeared on Kyiv metro tickets that the chance of surviving a nuclear attack in the subway is higher.

Now the truth:

  • On the morning of October 17, russia launched 28 kamikaze drones to attack Kyiv. There were five explosions in the city, one of which was in a residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district. The blast killed three people, including a young couple (the woman was six months pregnant). So, by making such statements, russian propagandists admitted their targets were residential buildings in peaceful Ukrainian cities and the civilian population.
  • The photo, initially circulated by the propaganda outlet TASS and then picked up by numerous russian and pro-russian Telegram channels, is probably fake. Moscow residents claimed in the comments under the photo they did not observe such a phenomenon and that the moon over Moscow looked regular that night. However, anonymous Telegram channels began circulating the image to fuel another hysteria, saying it was an evil symbol, which meant russia would soon carry out an escalation or use nuclear weapons. Therefore, the enemy continues the strategy of intimidation to make Ukrainians panic. Panic can lead to another collapse, including shortages of goods, medicine, and fuel,  disrupted logistics, and, eventually, another wave of migration. It is essential to remain calm, take such messages more seriously, and analyze them.
  • This is fake news. The video was shot in Omsk, russia, at least five years ago. The video was deliberately published in poor quality, making it more challenging to see the details, particularly the name of the store written on the sign under the ceiling. However, the original video showed the russian supermarket chain “Okay,” which stopped operating in Ukraine in 2009.
  • This photo is fake since the original image only shows turnstiles, and the QR code was superimposed later. Furthermore, the QR codes in the Kyiv subway had not been altered, proving the ticket image was edited. russia continues its nuclear hysteria, trying to intimidate not only Ukrainians but the world at large. It does anything to force Ukraine into peace negotiations, even on unfavorable terms for us. It is worth remembering that russia’s nuclear threat will exist as long as russia remains a nuclear power. However, at the moment, Ukraine’s and Western partners’ intelligence does not see any signs of russia’s preparations for using tactical or strategic nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on October 14

  • October 14 is the holiday of fascism and Nazism in Ukraine. Describing the celebration of October 14 in Ukraine, russian propagandists reminded about the “terrible crimes of the OUN,” “OUN-UPA’s cooperation with the Nazis,” and wrote about establishing a “neo-Bandera dictatorship” in Ukraine.
  • The Ukrainian military brutally kills children and tortures the civilian population.
  • The Armed Forces are suffering huge losses. The Ukrainian army lacks equipment, and its personnel is demoralized.
  • A memo was reportedly distributed to the Ukrainian military about protection from abuses by representatives of the foreign legion’s LGBT community.

Now the truth:

  • It has nothing to do with reality. The OUN-UPA fought against anyone invading Ukrainian territories. For Ukrainian nationalists, restoring Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty was vital. The UPA’s struggle against the German occupiers and their allies is evidenced by numerous German, Soviet, Polish, and UPA documents. The activities of the UPA were assessed by both the German and the Soviet sides as an anti-German uprising. This manipulation uses the method of selectivity. In this particular case, the emphasis shifts from celebrating Pokrova Day and Cossack Day to celebrating the founding of the OUN-UPA, which russian propaganda equates with Nazism and fascism.
  • russian propaganda outlets have been spreading numerous fake stories about the brutality of the Ukrainian military since at least 2014, aiming to discredit the Ukrainian army mainly in the eyes of the residents of the temporarily occupied territories and the foreign community. Instead, they try to show that the russian army is an army of liberators freeing Ukrainian regions from fascism. However, it is a lie. The russian military commits war crimes, tortures, and brutally kills the Ukrainian population, destroys civilian infrastructure, and sometimes does not even hide its intentions.
  • On August 22, 2022, the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said around 9,000 Ukrainian service members had died during the full-scale war with russia. On September 23, 2022, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the French publication Ouest-France that, according to his estimates, Ukraine lost 50 soldiers a day. However, it is obviously beneficial for russian propaganda to overstate the Ukrainian army’s losses. However, russia keeps publishing data without confirmation, and even its calculations citing international structures were false. Ukraine constantly receives equipment from Western countries. Just this week, Germany and Spain announced they would provide Ukraine with air defense systems, and France would send more Ceasar self-propelled howitzers.
  • russia often discredits representatives of the LGBT community, particularly those serving in the Armed Forces. According to russia, LGBT propaganda reigns in Europe and has now reached Ukraine infiltrating the Ukrainian army. However, there is no confirmation of the Ukrainian military distributing a memo on protection from violence on the part of LGBT community representatives. The memo must have been faked and deliberately circulated by russian propagandists to once again discredit the Ukrainian army and the support it receives from foreign partners.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on October 12

  • russia now deliberately strikes during the day so that the Office of the President cannot suppress information about the missiles’ strikes and give the public the illusion of all rockets and drones being shot down.
  • According to putin, the rise in energy prices in Europe is reportedly unrelated to the so-called “special operation.” Only Western policy is to blame for this.
  • putin also said, “the regime in Kyiv has been using terrorist methods for a long time. They then post things online, realize their mistake, and immediately delete them.”

Now the truth:

  • This is not the first time that russia has launched missile strikes in broad daylight. For instance, the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk, the railway station in Kramatorsk, and the Darnytskyi carriage repair plant in Kyiv were all attacked in full daylight, like many others. Moreover, the logic of such reports is also warped. If the Office of the President even wanted to conceal something, it couldn’t influence russia’s decisions on when to launch missiles over Ukraine. However, after rocket attacks, the authorities reported every time the locations of impact, the number of victims, and the damage done, or spoke about the projectiles shot down by air defense. Besides, it is almost impossible to hide the facts of failures in repelling attacks, destructions, or casualties in a situation where anyone can publish information online.
  • putin lies. An increase in energy prices mainly occurred due to the sanctions imposed on russia. However, sanctions are not just part of the West’s policy but a way to limit russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the entire world. Limiting russia’s opportunities to sell energy and make money from it should also reduce russia’s military capabilities. For instance, the missiles fired over Ukraine on October 10 cost $400-700 million, which russia could compensate for in just 2-3 days by exporting energy. The sanctions aim to deprive russia of the opportunity to earn from the entire world to wage war against Ukraine and the world itself.
  • putin continues his rhetoric accusing Ukraine of terrorism. Notably, russian propagandists began using this rhetoric back in August after the murder of Darya Dugina. russia needs to create an image of Ukraine as a terrorist state to justify attacks on our country, killing civilians and destroying our infrastructure. It is a manifestation of russia’s weakness on the actual front lines, where it cannot defeat or repel the Armed Forces being forced to terrorize the civilian population.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION  as of 1 p.m. on October 12

  • Poland began its aggression against russia and Hungary by carrying out a terrorist attack on the Druzhba gas pipeline.
  • On October 11, Ukraine’s Security Service “forbade” Ukrainians to publish photos and videos from the impact locations so the media outlets would only have information about the operation of the Air Defense Forces. On October 12, the SBU decided to suppress any information about rocket attacks.
  • Telegram channel “Kharisov about politics” shared a photo allegedly proving that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, recorded his address to Ukrainians in a studio against the “green background,” which could be filled in with any image.

Now the truth:

  • The Polish pipeline operator reported a leak in one of the threads of the Druzhba oil pipeline. The leak was discovered on the evening of October 11 on one of the two strands of the pipeline’s western section. However, the reasons for the leak and the involvement of Poland, Ukraine, or anyone else remained unknown. Propagandists immediately linked two unrelated facts: detecting a leak on the Polish territory and Poland’s being guilty of damaging the gas pipeline.
  • It is generally not recommended in Ukraine to publish photos and videos from missile impact locations so the enemy cannot adjust the fire. However, Ukraine’s Security Service did not directly prohibit Ukrainians from publishing information about missile strikes on particular days. In fact, on October 10, russia launched an almost unprecedented missile attack on Ukraine’s territory. The strike was repeated on the following day, October 11, albeit on a smaller scale. Because of this, the air defense forces could repel it better. On October 10, the Ukrainian air defense successfully shot 43 out of 83 missiles fired on Ukraine and downed 20 out of 28 missile strikes on October 11. On October 12, i.e., today, the intensity of rocket attacks was even lower. Thus, russian propagandists use such reports to manipulate cause and effect. There were fewer reports of missile attacks, air defense operations, and impacts, not because of SBU’s control but because of the lower intensity of the attacks.
  • The photo from the post was taken in June when Zelensky was recording a holographic address to technology entrepreneurs. The image can be found, in particular, in The Times.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on October 11

  • That more than UAH 200 million were raised for kamikaze drones in Ukraine over a few hours proves that all Ukrainians support the Nazi government and the Nazi army.
  • Ukrainian air defense cannot cope with russian missile and drone attacks.
  • russia’s strikes on peaceful cities in Ukraine on October 10 were revenge for the Crimean bridge.
  • In response to the attacks on Ukrainian towns on October 10, Ukraine’s Armed Forces began attacking civilians in Donetsk more brutally.

Now the truth:

  • It took the Serhiy Prytula Foundation just over 7 hours to collect UAH 206 million for RAM II kamikaze drones. In addition, it took the Come Back Alive foundation the same amount of time to raise UAH 5.9 million yesterday. The blogger Ihor Lachenkov collected UAH 16.5 million to transfer to the Serhiy Prytula and Come Back Alive foundations. In contrast, the russian media outlets and bloggers never once reported a single successful collection for the needs of the army during the 7.5 months of full-scale war, although regularly announced. russian Telegram channels often post calls for donations, but unlike calls for cruelty against Ukrainians, they are not popular among russians. Therefore, the occupiers can only envy our unity and try to use our successes to their advantage, e.g., finding another reason to accuse us of supporting Nazism to justify attacks on peaceful cities in Ukraine.
  • No air defense system in the world can provide 100% protection, even the Israeli Iron Dome. However, it cannot be said that the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense did not cope with the occupiers’ attacks. On the morning of October 10, Ukrainian air defense shot down 43 of 83 missiles fired on Ukraine and at least 13 Iranian Shahed-136 drones in just one day. As of 9 a.m. today, air defense forces destroyed at least four cruise missiles (X-101/X-555). During the morning air raid alert, they reported on active air defense in the Kyiv, Khmelnytskyi, Rivne, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions and other areas of Ukraine.
  • This is precisely the opinion russia has been trying to impose on us. russia’s president putin specifically spoke about it yesterday, picturing Ukrainians as terrorists blowing up bridges and gas pipelines that should be treated accordingly (i.e., by terrorizing the civilian population). Therefore, Ukrainians would be pushed to force their government to sit at the table to make peace. However, the russian strikes on Ukraine on October 10 were hardly carried out in revenge for the Crimean bridge. According to the GUR, russia planned the attacks as early as October 2-3 (the bridge was damaged on October 8). John Kirby, the strategic communication coordinator of the US National Security Council, expressed the same opinion. According to him, the russians most likely planned on launching a massive missile attack on Ukraine even before the Crimean bridge was struck. Secondly, Ukraine did not admit its involvement in the Crimean bridge and russian gas pipeline explosions. Ukraine’s connection to these events was not officially discussed in the world either. Thirdly, October 10 was the new general Sergei Surovikin’s first “working day” in the so-called “special operation.” The attacks on the energy infrastructure were likely related to changes in the russian military command structure. After all, russia announced it would attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure long ago. Such reports began to appear at least as early as the summer in propaganda outlets and on social networks.
  • In contrast to the russian military, Ukraine’s Armed Forces do not terrorize the civilian population of Ukrainian cities. What’s more, it makes no sense for Ukraine to strike Ukrainian localities in response to russian attacks. At the same time, the Armed Forces continue their offensive to liberate Ukrainian territories in the east and south of the country and destroy the occupiers’ ammunition warehouses.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on October 10

  • Volodymyr Zelensky was reportedly evacuated from Kyiv.
  • Belarus launched an offensive in the north of Ukraine.
  • Simultaneously with the missile strikes, the Ruscist offensive began all along the front lines.
  • In Ukraine, the entire infrastructure was utterly destroyed.
  • The embassies were verbally informed about the start of the evacuation.

Now the truth:

  • russia circulated the same fake news both on February 24 and shortly after, saying the President and the country’s entire leadership were evacuated long ago. The ruscists never provided any confirmation for their allegations. Today, the President of Ukraine recorded a video message from Bankova at 11:02 a.m. as the air alert continued in Kyiv.
  • This is also not true and is a form of intimidation. UC North registered no breakthroughs or offensives from the territory of Belarus or russia. The head of the Chernihiv RMA said the situation on Ukraine’s state border remained under control.
  • The information was not confirmed by the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces or any other source. The Armed Forces continued their offensive controlling the liberated areas.
  • This is not true. Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal, reported damage to eleven infrastructure facilities. At 1:00 p.m., the power supply began to be restored in Kharkiv, and work continued to eliminate the consequences of the strikes in Kyiv. The Office of the President and Ukrenergo warned about possible temporary power outages.
  • The information was also not confirmed. The US Embassy advised its citizens to leave the country, but there was no talk of evacuating the Embassy. However, the russian strikes damaged the building housing the German consulate in Kyiv.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on October 7

  • Zelensky’s statement about a “preemptive strike against russia” was a cry for help, explained former US intelligence officer Scott Ritter.
  • Elon Musk said russians constitute the majority in Ukraine’s eastern regions. According to him, these people preferred russia.
  • Kyiv can flood the Zaporizhzhia NPP by provoking uncontrolled water discharge at several hydroelectric power plants.

Now the truth:

  • Zelensky spoke about large-scale danger coming from russia and the importance of responding to it preventively, which means publicly explaining the consequences to russia, increasing sanctions pressure on russia, and providing armed aid to Ukraine. Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, commented on the reaction to the “news” of russia’s ex-president Dmitry Medvedev, foreign affairs ministry, and the dictator’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. According to him, President Zelensky said nothing about a pre-emptive nuclear strike on russia, and russians “invented this news to make much of it.”
  • In response to Senator Lindsay Graham’s tweet, Elon Musk tried to prove that Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions were more pro-russian because they supported the pro-russian Party of Regions in 2012. However, this in no way indicates that these regions wish to be part of russia more than Ukraine. After russia occupied areas in the eastern regions of Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014, the political preferences of Ukrainians changed significantly. For instance, in February 2022 (before the full-scale invasion), 10.8% of Ukrainians in southern Ukraine and 18.6% in the east supported the pro-russian OPFL.
  • russia came up with another idea of how to accuse Ukraine of nuclear terrorism. This time, according to the new version of Rosprop [russian propaganda], Ukraine would flood the ZNPP by dumping water from several hydroelectric power stations. Firstly, no facts or open-source reports indicate preparations for such actions at Ukrainian hydropower plants. Secondly, russia usually launches such campaigns accusing Ukraine of specific terrorist attacks when it prepares similar provocations.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on October 6

  • The transfer of Crimea to Ukraine was Khrushchev’s mistake, and russia now has to correct it.
  • NATO promised Gorbachev it would not expand eastward to the borders of the USSR.
  • Kyiv is preparing a “new Bucha” in Lyman, Donetsk region.

Now the truth:

  • Elon Musk expressed this idea on his Twitter. However, this is nothing but a historical myth. The so-called “Khrushchev’s mistake” does not exist. The term was invented by russian propaganda in 2014 to account for the occupation and annexation of Crimea. Transferring Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 simultaneously solved two problems for Crimea and the Soviet Union: the economically depressed region after World War II and the deportation of the Crimean Tatars came under the care of Ukraine. The USSR once again used symbolism, timing the transfer of Crimea to coincide with the so-called 300th anniversary of the “reunification” of Ukraine and russia. russia still uses this symbolism in its propaganda. The decision to transfer Crimea was made not only by Khrushchev but also by the USSR’s entire collective leadership.
  • In the fall of 2021, russia continued increasing its military presence near Ukraine’s borders. Then, russian officials and the media reinvigorated the narrative of NATO breaking its promise not to advance its infrastructure eastward. putin repeatedly said it to international partners. When Gorbachev was in power, the issue of the non-expansion of NATO was never raised. Some NATO officials said NATO would not station its troops on the territory of East Germany. In 1990, Gorbachev could not discuss the membership of Eastern European countries in NATO at all. Soviet politicians never expressed fears that NATO might expand to the east.
  • russia uses such allegations to justify its crimes committed in the temporarily occupied territories and shift the blame onto Ukraine in advance. It is not the first time russia has used such methods. Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Kremenchuk, Kupyansk: according to propaganda outlets, the Ukrainian military tortured Ukrainians in every city attacked or occupied by russia and then issued statements saying it was the russian army’s doing.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on October 5

  • According to the Turkish publication Daily Sabah, the US will throw Ukraine under the russian bus as soon as it suits them.
  • The Armed Forces are becoming more and more like “gangs,” not the army. Besides, the Armed Forces chronically lack equipment.
  • 133 foreign observers from 28 countries, including Germany and Italy, came to the “referendum” held in the so-called “DNR.” These were real diplomats and experts recognized by the UN.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The Daily Sabah article cited by russian Telegram channels was published in the “Opinions” section, meaning the report only reflects the position of its author. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the entire media outlet or the country. Notably, russian media outlets pick up only those pieces from the global information field that correspond to their narratives, namely that there is no real support for Ukraine and that its partners merely use Ukraine for their own benefit. This narrative is not new for russian propaganda, being used by russia in many European media outlets since at least 2014 to convince the world of Ukraine’s weakness as a state and its allegedly weak ties with the global community. However, the facts indicate that support for Ukraine (financial, military, humanitarian, and communication) is unprecedented. Most of the world’s developed countries are opposed to russia, imposing sanctions against this country and severing economic ties with it.
  • russian Telegram channels probably have to come up with baseless allegations about equipment shortages in the Armed Forces in response to the apparent fact that russia has become the largest “supplier” of heavy weapons to Ukraine in 2022. The truth is that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has received nearly 400 tanks, 700 armored vehicles, and 170 artillery systems as spoils of war, which is more than the largest partner countries ever supplied.
  • The SBU intercepted russian documents regulating the pseudo-referendum held by russia on the temporarily seized territory of the Donetsk region. Local occupation administration representatives reportedly tried to invite 16 foreigners to participate in the fake events as foreign “observers.” Among them were citizens of two European and Central Asian countries. Thus, the enemy tried to artificially increase the presence of foreign “guests” at the pseudo-referendum to “formalize” it in the international arena. Most importantly, russia has been trying to convince russians, Ukrainians, and the entire world of the legitimacy of pseudo-referenda for two weeks now. However, an actual manifestation of people’s will requires no “information campaign,” and its results are immediately recognized by other countries worldwide.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on October 4

  • The occupation authorities do not allow the residents of the annexed territories to leave not because of partial mobilization but, reportedly, due to “the legal formalization of the accession of new subjects of russia.”
  • Western politicians spread fake news about russia being entirely responsible for the explosions at the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipelines.
  • The office of the President of Ukraine is ready to produce a dirty nuclear bomb to deter russia. A headquarters has been created with the involvement of atomic scientists and military personnel to urgently set up a group developing nuclear weapons.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Even before the pseudo referenda, the Minister for Reintegration, Iryna Vereshchuk, said the occupation authorities in Crimea had started illegal mobilization. They began massively mobilizing Crimean Tatars and other indigenous peoples of Crimea to participate in the war on the occupiers’ side. In addition, the russian invaders had plans to announce the mobilization in the captured Kherson region, as evidenced by the enemy’s documents, said Oleshkiv city mayor Yevhen Rishchuk. The mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, said during the telethon that in the temporarily occupied city, men of all ages are approached on the street and “asked” to go to the commandant’s office to register, with some kept there for several days.
  • On September 26, Nord Stream 2 (which was never put into operation) got depressurized in the waters of Denmark. On September 27, measuring stations in Sweden and Denmark registered strong underwater explosions on the russian Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. The Swedish and Danish authorities discovered a gas leak in the Baltic Sea. Later, Germany said the gas leaks were the result of deliberate actions. Denmark also did not rule out sabotage of the gas pipelines. Sweden said the reasons for the gas leak were unclear. The European Union and NATO called the large explosions in the Baltic Sea a deliberate act of sabotage. The United States said during the UN Security Council meeting on September 30 that it was not involved in sabotaging the gas pipelines. Only Poland and Ukraine named russia as the culprit. Therefore, Western politicians did not claim russia was responsible or guilty for the gas leaks on its own gas pipelines and did not accuse it of sabotage. This opinion was publicly voiced mainly by Ukrainian politicians. The investigation into the causes of the explosions and gas leaks continues.
  • Ukraine cannot produce, store, or use nuclear weapons under the Budapest Memorandum. Unlike russia, Ukraine adheres to its international obligations. russia uses such rhetoric in an attempt to shift the blame for nuclear terrorism away from itself and onto Ukraine. It is not the first time that russia has tried to convince others that Ukraine is making a dirty nuclear device. Of course, russia never provided any objective factual evidence. In the same way, russia still insists that Ukraine’s Armed Forces keep shelling the ZNPP without giving any proof of this and simply shifting the blame away from itself. Anyway, after putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons, propaganda outlets have to justify themselves by convincing others that russia has no intention of using nukes. According to them, if someone does use it first, it will be either the United States or Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on October 3

  • In his speech regarding annexing Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories to russia, putin said there was every reason to believe that the West would not seek a constructive way out of the food and energy crisis.
  • putin also said the West allegedly denies moral norms, religion, and family. “Do we want russia to have ‘father number one, two, and three’ instead of ‘mom and dad’ and schools imposing perversions on children that lead to degradation and extinction, as if there were genders other than women and men?”
  • “Firm promises not to expand NATO to the east turned out to be dirty deceptions,” said putin.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no reason whatsoever to believe that the West does not want to resolve the food or energy crisis. For starters, of course, putin does not see russia’s fault for creating a global food crisis, and he is ready to blame only Ukraine or the West supporting Ukraine in this war for this. Secondly, the West is trying to find and has already found ways to export Ukrainian grain to reduce the risks of a food crisis. And thirdly, concerning the energy crisis, the rise in energy prices in Europe and the potential risk of a reduction in energy supplies are also provoked by the war started by russia. The world does not want oil and gas from the aggressor country. Besides, limiting the prices of russian energy carriers and reducing their purchases undermines russia’s economy and, accordingly, its ability to wage war. First off, the LGBT propaganda putin talked about is non-existent. It is impossible to impose the choice of gender on a person as it is determined by biological, social, and psychological factors, not chosen depending on which gender is propagated. Moreover, LGBT community representatives do not impose “perversion” or same-sex marriages. The former has nothing to do with LGBT, and the latter is a personal choice. In russia, LGBT propaganda is often feared as a sign of the “decaying West.” Moreover, representatives of the LGBT community are discriminated against in russia, being associated with the “perversions” putin mentioned.
  • putin and all his supporter propagandists often bring up the idea that NATO allegedly promised Gorbachev not to expand to the east. However, that is a myth, repeatedly refuted by NATO and Gorbachev himself. Interestingly, while Putin is waging war against Ukraine to prevent the Alliance’s expansion to russia’s borders, Sweden and Finland have applied to join NATO. The latter borders russia in the north.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on September 30

  • Information spread online about an alleged leak of secret documents from the American think tank RAND. According to the document dated January 25, 2022, the West’s aggressive foreign policy in Ukraine would lead to russia’s military intervention, and Washington would recognize russia as an aggressor state to apply a ready-made sanctions package.
  • Information circulated across the Internet that a US report about the results of inspecting Ukrainian units trained in the UK was leaked online. The report noted the Ukrainians’ poor small arms and tactical training, low morale, and motivation.
  • Photos of the alleged menu of a Lviv restaurant circulated online, listing such items as the “Horlivka Madonna” cocktail and the “Alley of Angels” set of shots.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The RAND Corporation is a non-profit research organization developing analytical materials with recommendations for solving public policy issues. RAND denied the information about the leak calling the document a fake. In addition, unlike the organization’s other reports, the report’s author and title are not indicated in the published paper. The material’s exterior design (layout, font, etc.) is also different. The report was allegedly forwarded to European think tanks and US government agencies, including the US State Department, the CIA, and the National Security Agency. However, the organization does not cooperate with them.
  • This is fake. The respective form is designed for the military’s monthly personal performance review and can be found in the public domain. The report’s text contains several grammatical, spelling, and lexical errors. The report’s content is manipulative. True, it says that the Ukrainian soldiers arrived without the proper training. However, the British training program for the Ukrainian military is designed precisely for those with minimal or no combat experience.
  • Errors in the menu text indicate that its author does not speak Ukrainian. In particular, chili pepper is mentioned in the recipe of the “Horlivka Madonna.” According to Ukrainian spelling rules, “chyli” (chili pepper) is written with the letter “y.” The description of the “Moskva Cruiser” cocktail makes no sense at all. Firstly, the sentence “A glass of beer contain a shot of vodka” is grammatically incorrect. Secondly, the description of other cocktails consists only of a list of ingredients without specifying the preparation method. According to this logic, it should be “beer and vodka.” Among the signature snacks, one can see “Assorti Brusketiv.” However, according to the declension rules, the form “brusket” would be grammatically correct. In addition, the recipe for the Margarita cocktail says “oange peel” instead of “orange peel.” Some Internet users assumed the menu in the photo was from the Lviv thematic establishment Kryivka. However, the restaurant denied those allegations.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on September 29

  • Information circulated online about Poland and the Baltic states being frightened by MiG-31 carrying hypersonic Kinzhal missiles in Kaliningrad. The outlet also claimed that “the Poles, Estonians, and representatives of other small European states realize they’ve overstepped the mark by attacking russia and are now afraid of retaliatory actions on its part.”
  • According to russian media outlets, Poland and the Baltic countries do not have as many weapons as russia and have exhausted their arms stockpiles by supplying them to Ukraine. These countries doubt the US will help them should the need arise.
  • Residents of the Zaporizhzhia region were forcibly made Ukrainians by receiving Ukrainian passports. Here is a quote from father superior Ioann: “The majority feel they’re russians. How did we become Ukrainians? They gave us passports saying we were Ukrainians without asking us about it. And all of us, roughly speaking, were deprived of our citizenship. But people feel they’re russians.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • On August 18, 2022, russia’s defense ministry reported transferring three MiG-31E combat aircraft equipped with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles to the Kaliningrad region. However, none of the countries were frightened by russia’s actions. For instance, Secretary of State of Poland’s Ministry of Defense, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, said Article 5 of the NATO Treaty would be automatically applied in the event of a real threat. Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said russia has always posed a threat to its neighbors, and currently, the military potential of Kaliningrad has significantly decreased due to personnel and weapons reductions. Estonian and Latvian media outlets did not react very actively; only a few online news outlets reported transferring the missiles and their descriptions.
  • Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia do not doubt the US will help them in case of russian aggression. Joe Biden said the US would defend every inch of NATO territory under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. Simultaneously with this statement, Biden announced the transfer of additional US troops to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to strengthen NATO’s positions in the east. The principle of collective defense of NATO member states enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty establishes that an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all of its members.
  • On December 1, 1991, the All-Ukrainian referendum on Ukraine’s independence was held, during which most residents of the Zaporizhzhia region (like the other 24 regions of Ukraine) voted in favor and confirmed their desire to live in an independent state. According to the 2001 All-Ukrainian census data, 1,364.1 million Ukrainians lived in the Zaporizhzhia region, i.e., 70.8% of the region’s total population. russians were three times less, namely 476,800 people (24.7%). Moreover, nationality was determined during the census by interviewing respondents without requiring documentary confirmation. That is, in 2001, almost 1.4 million residents of the Zaporizhzhia region considered themselves Ukrainians.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of  2 p.m. on September 27

  • International observers at the pseudo-referenda confirmed that all procedures aligned with democratic norms. Residents of the regions could transparently and openly exercise their will and choice.
  • Residents of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and the so-called “DNR” and “LNR” massively said on camera to russian journalists they were glad their areas would become part of russia, and they would finally have a peaceful life.
  • russia never really threatened anyone with nuclear weapons, as stated, in particular, by the deputy minister of foreign affairs of russia.
  • Even some deputies of the state duma of russia, deputies of local government bodies, and russian civil servants agreed to voluntarily go to the frontline during the mobilization. In contrast, the Verkhovna Rada deputies do not go to the frontline but enrich themselves further during the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Let us take a closer look at the “international observers.”  Among them were citizens of russia, belarus, Syria, Egypt, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, Togo, and South Africa, i.e., representatives of the countries with pronounced pro-russian views. Some “observers” even openly supported falsifications during the pseudo-referenda. Overall, what happened last week in the temporarily occupied regions was a farce and a total falsification by russia. International organizations, e.g., NATO, the UN, the EU, and almost all countries in the world (except for russia’s satellites) did not recognize these fake referendums’ results.
  • The residents of the temporarily occupied territories featured in the russian mass media stories could actually be fake persons, actors, or even intimidated local residents forced to say on camera what the occupiers told them to not lose their lives. Besides, the media outlets distort reality since their stories only feature those whose answers or comments are supposed to support the agenda (i.e., joy for pseudo referenda). They leave out those who did not participate in the referendum and did not want to see russia on Ukraine’s territory.
  • During his speech on September 21, russian president vladimir putin directly stated he would be ready to use weapons of mass destruction should there be a danger for his country. As the last seven months of full-scale war show, almost anything can look like a threat to russia in the eyes of russia’s schizophrenic leader. Therefore, Ukraine and its Western partners realistically view the danger of using nuclear weapons. The justifications by putin’s minions now look entirely lame.
  • No, russian MPs and officials will not go to the frontline voluntarily or forcibly. That will be so only in the fantasies of russians themselves. Instead, national minorities, the poorest russians who do not have any social guarantees and protection, and residents of Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories, which russia wants to annex after the pseudo referenda, will fall under partial “mo-bury-zation.” Although russia announced plans to mobilize only 300,000 russians, particularly those with combat operations and military service experience, investigative journalists discovered that russia intends to mobilize at least three times as many people and send them to the front lines to use them as cannon fodder.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on September 26

  • Information circulated online about a Deutsche Welle article allegedly saying the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia NPP does not violate the Geneva Convention, being entirely legal. Therefore, according to the propagandists, the article’s authors believe the station should become a target for shelling since it provides electricity to the russian military.
  • russian media outlets spread information about a cemetery of russian soldiers in the Slovak village of Ladomirova who died in Slovakia during the First World War reportedly bulldozed.
  • Information circulated online about Dutch admiral Rob Bauer stating at the heads of defense meeting in Tallinn on September 17 that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had plans to expand to the borders of russia several years earlier. NATO is said to be currently implementing this plan.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The German edition’s journalists did not call for shelling the station. They tried to understand whether the nuclear plant could be a military object according to the Geneva Convention of 1949. After the occupation of the ZNPP on March 4, russia has regularly shelled the plant and accused Ukraine of nuclear terrorism. We have already refuted the occupiers’ allegations about Ukraine Armed Forces allegedly striking the plant’s radioactive waste storage facility, violating the IAEA resolution, and Kyiv using nuclear blackmail.
  • On the village’s official page, its mayor Vladislav Cuper said the graves were not destroyed. He emphasized that the authorities decided to restore the concrete curbs near the graves because it was already impossible to take care of them due to their state. Cuper provided up-to-date photo evidence with the crosses and the tombs intact. Cuper also noted that during the visit of the russian ambassador, he intended to discuss the plan to restore the cemetery. However, he was confused that such a statement would sow hatred among people. Moreover, after bratchikov’s remarks, the Ladomirova mayor was threatened with murder.
  • This is not true. At a press conference, the Chair of the Military Committee, Rob Bauer, announced the implementation of the “deter and defend strategy,” which the Alliance approved in 2020. According to the plan, the national interests of the member countries would be more closely interlinked with NATO plans, and military leaders would have a common frame of reference for both Alliance wide threats and regional threats. In addition, the admiral said that the organization plans to enhance the effectiveness of the rapidly deployable forces.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on September 21

  • russian media outlets cited the russian foreign minister lavrov as saying on September 21, 2022, that the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions have the right to self-determination according to the UN Charter, so they should allegedly vote in referenda on joining russia.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This is manipulation: according to the Charter, peoples have the right to self-determination, but states must not violate the territorial integrity of any other country. russia violates the UN Declaration to justify the pseudo referenda held in the temporarily occupied territories. The world community condemned the so-called “referenda” in the temporarily captured territories. In particular, the US emphasized that the referenda were a false pretext for russia to annex parts of Ukraine. According to the European Union, illegal “votes” cannot be considered the free expression of the will of the people living in these regions. So lavrov’s words are another attempt by russia to justify illegal referenda on temporarily occupied territories.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on September 19

  • According to russian media outlets, the head of Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, Vitalii Kim, allegedly fled from Mykolaiv to Odesa. They claimed that Kim escaped due to the increased shelling of Mykolaiv. This was purportedly proved by the last video message on his Telegram channel on September 11.
  • Everyone can receive compensation of UAH 7,000 from the Unified Compensation Center for the Return of Unpaid Funds. Payments are allegedly made through the eHelp platform in partnership with the Ministry of Social Policy.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On September 20, Vitalii Kim denied the information about his departure, recording a video message for his Telegram channel. He also said the shelling of Mykolaiv became less intense, the Armed Forces kept advancing, and new fortifications needed to be built on the territory of the Kherson Region. In the video messages for September 20 and August 30, one can see Ukraine’s State Coat of Arms, the Coat of Arms of Mykolaiv, and the Flag of the Mykolaiv Oblast on the wall behind Vitalii Kim, which indicates that the videos showed his office.
  • This is a sham because there is no such assistance program. There is no information about payments made via the Unified Compensation Center for the Return of Unpaid Funds on the website of the eHelp platform. Moreover, there is no Unified Compensation Center for the Return of Unpaid Funds in Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on September 17

  • russian media outlets spread a comment by russia’s state duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin regarding the military registration of women in Ukraine. On September 5, the official said that all Ukrainian women, including pregnant women and those with young children, would undergo military registration and would be “sent to slaughter.” Therefore, Volodin urged them to leave the country while it was still possible.
  • Pro-kremlin mass media spread the speech by russian propagandist Dmitri Kiselyov accusing European leaders of supporting Ukraine. He said suspending Nord Stream 1 would lead Europe to an energy crisis. Reportedly, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz could save the situation by putting Nord Stream 2 into operation.
  • the self-proclaimed president of belarus, aleksandr lukashenka, said the Ukrainian people were allegedly being robbed and black soil and other resources exported from Ukraine to the EU.
  • russian media outlets spread information about the Poles allegedly filing 1,500 lawsuits to Ukrainian courts demanding the return of the apartments they lost in Ukraine during World War II. The piece cited a statement by Polish activist Konrad Renkas.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This is not true. According to Ukrainian legislation, a woman on the military register acquires conscript status and is in the Armed Forces and other military formations reserve. In addition, on September 6, the Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, issued an order suspending the law on mandatory registration of women for military service until October 2023. MPs can use the time to finalize the document and legalize the voluntary nature of the registration of women. The draft law proposes retaining mandatory military registration only for women with a medical profession, said Fedir Venislavskyi of the parliamentary Committee on National Security, Defense, and Intelligence.
  • This is not true. European countries have enough gas to get through the winter period. russia uses the gas issue to blackmail Western leaders supporting Ukraine. The French Minister of Energy, Agnes Pannier-Runacher, said russia uses gas as a weapon of war. According to an Engie representative, gas imports from russia currently amount to 4% compared to 17% before the war in Ukraine. France has expanded its energy supply, so the reduction in gas imports from russia will not significantly affect gas supplies from other countries.
  • This narrative was often used by russian and pro-russian media outlets and politicians as an argument against opening the “land market.” They said that as soon as the law was passed, the authorities would immediately sell and take away Ukrainian black soil. Last year, the Belarusian dictator expressed a similar opinion. However, the politician never provided any proof. Black soil is not exported to Europe. After all, the transfer of the fertile soil layer is regulated by the Land Code and requires approval from Ukraine’s State Committee on Land Resources (Derzhkomzem).
  • This is fake because Poland does not demand that Ukraine return its lost property. Poland legally resolved the restitution issue back in 2005. In 2005, Poland passed a law establishing a straightforward procedure for returning property and compensating Polish property owners in the territories that were part of the Soviet Union after 1939. According to the 2005 law, the Polish state pays compensation for property lost in World War II. In addition, Konrad Renkas began talking about Poles returning their property in Ukraine back in 2015. Konrad Renkas created the organization “Restitution Kresy,” which he used to propose to return the property lost during the Second World War to Poles. The activist also worked as a deputy head of the pro-russian party Zmiana. In 2020, Konrad Renkas told a russian newspaper the industrial potential of Ukraine was allegedly being discussed among Americans, Germans, and Brits. He emphasizes that Ukraine must pay all of Poland’s bills, i.e., restitution.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 6 p.m. on September 16

  • A video circulated online showing children greeting Armed Forces of Ukraine members with Nazi gestures. In the video, one can see a plaque with the name of said region, i.e., the Kharkiv region.
  • russian media outlets wrote about the Ukrainian authorities’ plans to murder Italian journalist Mattia Sorbi, who was wounded in the Kherson region. According to russia’s defense ministry, two Ukrainian special services members dressed in the uniform of the Armed Forces promised Sorbi to accompany him to the line of contact between Ukrainian and russian troops. According to Sorbi, as the car approached the area of hostilities, the soldiers left the vehicle and directed the journalist onto a mined road.
  • russia once again accused Ukraine of planting mines in the Black Sea. russian media outlets wrote about a Romanian military ship allegedly blown up by a Ukrainian mine. They called this the first case since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This is fake. It is an episode from a French TV Channel’s video story denying (!) the information that the children used Nazi salutes. The video shared by a user is an excerpt from the report by Info France 2 on September 2, 2022. The reporter spoke about a children’s checkpoint in the Kharkiv region set up to support the Ukrainian military.
  • This is not true. First, the russian defense ministry’s statements contradict the reports of Sorbi’s colleagues. Secondly, Sorbi himself categorically denied the version of a murder planned by the Ukrainian side, saying there were no Ukrainian soldiers with him. Thirdly, the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration explained that Mattia Sorbi went to the combat zone bypassing the rules, i.e., without a military escort.
  • On September 8, a Romanian minesweeper came across a floating mine in the Black Sea. The following day, the Romanian Navy’s press service said the minesweeper was notified about the mine by the GSP ship Falcon. The mine detonated while being neutralized by the Romanian minesweeper. The explosion resulted in no casualties, and the crew of 75 soldiers successfully arrived at the port of Romania. Romania’s press service did not say whose mine was found in the sea and did not blame Ukraine for this incident. russian media outlets have repeatedly written that Ukraine allegedly mined the Black Sea. On March 21, the russian federal service announced that Ukraine had reportedly set up over 400 Soviet-style mines in the Black Sea. Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs denied this information. The mines discovered in the Black Sea are not registered with the Navy of Ukraine. russia uses sea mines from warehouses it seized in 2014 in Crimea. Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs noted the mines were discovered on March 26-28 in the waters of the Black Sea by Romania and Turkey.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on September 16

  • Kyiv aims to equip Bayraktar drones with a system for spraying chemical substances. Representatives of russia clarified that the flight range of this drone is 300 km, so the “new weapon” can threaten russia.
  • Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Mark Milley, said during a press conference on September 8 at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany that as a result of the full-scale invasion, the Armed Forces lost tens of thousands of people: killed and wounded.
  • Citing an article by The American Conservative, russian media outlets wrote that the US recognized aid to Ukraine as a mistake. The publication’s editor-in-chief, Patrick Buchanan, reportedly wrote in his article that the US should stop its participation in the war in Ukraine because the policy of expanding NATO to the east was wrong from the very beginning.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Bayraktar drones are used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and inflicting fire damage on the enemy. The drones have also been used to extinguish forest fires by detecting the ignition’s source. That is, this model does not allow for installing containers for water or other liquids. In addition, according to the convention on chemical weapons signed by Turkey and Ukraine, the development, acquisition, stockpiling, and storage of chemical weapons is prohibited. The document also requires member states to destroy all chemical weapons in their possession and their chemical weapons production facilities.
  • The American general did not talk about combat losses but civilians who died due to countless russian missile and artillery strikes. “In this time, in the last six months, the Ukrainians have withstood brutal assaults on their capital and other major urban areas throughout their country. They have sustained countless missile strikes and artillery barrages. They’ve borne the brutal costs of thousands, tens of thousands of casualties killed and wounded. Many civilians have perished due to indiscriminate Russian attacks. There’s almost 15 million refugees and internally displaced persons. Significant infrastructure in Ukraine has been damaged. The Ukrainian people have suffered tremendously, and yet they remain a free, independent, and sovereign country,” said Mark Milley. The US officials did not mention the Armed Forces’ losses at the press conference. According to national data, about 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers died in the war with russia as of August 22.
  • The American Conservative’s article did not say the US recognized its aid to Ukraine as a mistake. Reference was made to the article ‘Winners and Losers in the Ukraine War,’ authored by founding editor Patrick Buchanan. In the article, the author analyzes the successes and failures of both russia and Ukraine. In particular, he claims that russia lost a large number of soldiers and military equipment, and “the reputation of the Russian army as a near-invincible force in any land war in Europe has been shattered.Politically, Russia has isolated itself from much of Europe, been hit with severe sanctions, and watched as Europe and NATO unite against it. 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on September 15

  • Ukrainians are to blame for russia’s attacks on infrastructure: it is russia’s revenge for Ukraine’s war against the civilians of Donbas and the so-called “LPR/DPR.”
  • Ukrainian refugees are a hotbed of Nazism in Europe.

Now the TRUTH:

  • No, Ukrainians are not to blame for the atrocities committed by russia. Ukraine did not wage war against the civilian population of Donbas; there has never been a civil war in Ukraine. Quasi-republics “LNR/DPR” are entities illegally formed by russia on Ukraine’s territory. In 2014, russia sent its troops to the east of Ukraine, which it had to defend. Ukrainians never supported cruelty towards other Ukrainians but were opposed to russia occupying parts of our territory. russia’s attacks on strategic and critical infrastructure are acts of terrorism against Ukraine, aiming to kill as many Ukrainians as possible and undermine our resistance.
  • Despite propagandists’ dismissing the term “denazification” a while ago since not even all russians were able to pronounce and understand the word, russia has not abandoned the narrative about Nazism allegedly flourishing in Ukraine. Naturally, Nazi, neo-Nazi, or fascist ideologies do not thrive in Ukraine, and the law prohibits propagating such ideas. However, russia makes further attempts to target the West with the narratives to create an image of Ukrainian Nazis and justify the war and the so-called “denazification.” That is how russia morphs from an aggressor into a kind of liberator, saving not only Ukrainians but almost all of Europe from Nazism. In addition, russia continues its campaign to discredit Ukrainian refugees so that they are stigmatized in European countries and cannot receive proper support from our partners.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on September 15

  • terrorism does not exist in wartime because it is exclusively a peacetime concept.
  • Ukrainian Nazis organized repression and genocide of russians in Izium and Vovchansk left by the russian army.
  • The Ukrainian military unsuccessfully directed fire hitting the Karachuniv reservoir in Kryvyi Rih.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia has always sought justification for its terrorism against Ukraine and Ukrainians: from shifting responsibility for shelling the civilian population and infrastructure onto Ukraine’s Armed Forces to looking for “military targets” in every destroyed residential building. russia uses new rhetoric to explain that terrorism is typical in wartime. russia must be resorting to such statements because all previous versions did not work for the Ukrainians or the West. However, no matter how hard russia tries to justify its terrorism, there is no justification for it. Moreover, the russian army has systematically been committing war crimes against Ukrainians, which must be tried before an international tribunal after the war. Propaganda outlets call countering the collaborators remaining in the de-occupied Kharkiv region repressions and genocide of russians. The russian army left local collaborators behind when “regrouping the russian troops,”  i.e., fleeing from Izium and Vovchansk. Now, they only remotely wish them success in the fight against Nazism, apologizing they “didn’t have time” (i.e., didn’t plan to) to take them with them. Publicly supporting an aggressor is subject to criminal liability for collaborationism in Ukraine. Suppose there are Ukrainians left in the Kharkiv region who publicly endorsed the enemy and its so-called “special operation” and called for a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In that case, they will face an appropriate investigation for possibly committing a criminal offense.
  • On the evening of September 14, russia launched a missile attack on one of the hydro-infrastructure facilities in Kryvyi Rih. Besides damaging the city’s infrastructure, residents of some streets of Kryvyi Rih had to be evacuated until the consequences were eliminated. The attack aimed to commit another act of terrorism against the civilian population, to make people panic, and therefore, to put pressure on the authorities regarding peace negotiations, even on unfavorable terms for Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on September 14

  • The West is no longer interested in Ukraine; in some places, Ukrainian authorities are already annoying European politicians. It is time Europe cared for its citizens, who are at risk of freezing in winter due to sanctions and suffering from a sharp rise in prices.
  • A refugee woman from the Kharkiv region told the russian media that only russia helped local residents in difficult times while Ukraine did not care about its citizens.
  • The Armed Forces want to carry out provocations in Izium similar to those in Bucha.
  • russian schoolchildren will be taught the so-called “special operation military ” in history lessons. It is a new standard introduced by russia’s education ministry. Schoolchildren will also need to know and understand other events from russian and world history, e.g., “the reunification of russia and Crimea.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia has promoted this narrative among the European audience for the past few months suggesting that problems might arise in their countries due to their support for Ukraine. russia is trying to impose such hyperbolized fears even though Europeans will neither freeze nor starve because of their supporting Ukraine. This campaign’s global goal is to force Europeans to pressure their governments to stop supporting Ukrainian refugees and give weapons and financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Overall, this wave of disinformation could strengthen pro-russian sentiments in Europe and increase Europeans’ sympathy for pro-russian politicians, who, with electoral support, will be able to continue to lobby for russian terrorism.
  • There is no real reason to believe that Ukraine did not help the residents of the Kharkiv region in any way and that the occupiers cared about their well-being. Suppose a refugee from the Kharkiv region did say that, then her words must have been taken out of context. Or, she must have been forced to say precisely those words for the russian media. She might not even be a refugee from the Kharkiv region but some bogus person. The occupiers have been terrorizing, torturing, and killing the local population in every temporarily occupied Ukrainian city, so there can be no help from the enemy.
  • After the de-occupation, it became clear that more than a thousand civilians died in Izium, and 80% of the infrastructure was destroyed. However, russia calls almost every de-occupied settlement “new Bucha” because it has been the only justification for cruelty that russian propaganda can offer so far. russia is once again rewriting history. Moreover, it will now teach its propaganda to schoolchildren. The most dangerous thing is that such a “school program” can be taught by russian teachers in temporarily occupied Ukrainian cities. Therefore, russia’s goal is to zombify the populace from childhood by convincing them that Ukraine is just a failed project of the West. It also aims to show that the current war is being waged by russia against NATO, and the so-called “special operation” is an act of liberating “fraternal nations” from Nazism.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on September 13

  • The Armed Forces almost wholly destroyed the center of Sviatohirsk
  • russia continues to restore Mariupol: russian buses and household waste containers are brought into the city, and monuments to russian figures are reinstalled.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces regularly plant landmines in the center of Donetsk. Dozens of civilians have already sustained injuries.
  • The West does not share Kyiv’s optimism about the counter-offensive refusing to provide new weapons.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On the evening of September 12, Vitaly Markiv, a National Guard of Ukraine member, released a video from Sviatohirsk that might indicate the city’s de-occupation. Because of this, russia once again resurrected the narrative about the “Ukrainian Nazis” allegedly destroying the city. Sviatohirsk in the Donetsk region had been partially occupied by russia since June. The city mayor volunteered to head the occupation administration and actually surrendered the city to the russian occupiers. The russian army destroyed part of the city. The occupiers kept shelling and ruining the Sviatohirsk Lavra, where hundreds of civilians were hiding.
  • Allegations about restoring Mariupol are only an illusion created by russian propaganda. Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, explained that russia is unable to provide adequate humanitarian aid. After the cameras are turned off, the collected garbage is thrown out into neighboring yards. The city port is expected to be closed, and pensioners who have lost their documents cannot count on any help. From time to time, cars with TV screens cruise around the city, zombifying the city’s residents. In contrast to these realities, propagandists arrange demonstrative performances and parades, to which they bring loyal audiences from russia or other temporarily occupied regions.
  • The Ottawa Convention prohibits the use of anti-personnel mines, and Ukraine signed and ratified it in 2006, whereas russia did not. In 2013, Ukraine announced the destruction of 3 million “butterfly” mines and reported their elimination again in 2020. Based on intelligence data, the UK Ministry of Defence said russia was probably using the anti-personnel mines to protect its troops’ defensive lines in Donbas. These mines have the potential to inflict widespread casualties among both the military and the local civilian population. Usually, the russians scatter mines in Donetsk precisely during the hours of darkness, which makes them difficult to spot on the ground or asphalt. The invaders put local residents in grave danger for the sake of new provocations directed against the Armed Forces.
  • On the contrary, Western research centers praised Ukraine highly for its achievements in the counter-offensive. For instance, the Institute for the Study of War estimated that Ukraine’s counter-offensive over the past few days allowed it to return more territory than russia had managed in all operations since April. The CNA think tank in Virginia called the counter-offensive one of Ukraine’s most significant victories. The events in the east and south of Ukraine show the Western partners that Ukraine can effectively use the provided weapons and support. However, The Wall Street Journal warned that the liberated territories must be controlled, which requires considerable human and organizational resources. In such cases, it is essential not to get the troops spread out too far because the enemy might successfully counterattack by recapturing part of the liberated lands.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on September 12

  • Only now has russia begun striking civilian infrastructure, unlike the Armed Forces that have been shelling the civilian population and infrastructure for seven months.
  • After russia attacked critical infrastructure, all of Ukraine spent the whole night in a blackout.
  • Ukraine shot down 9 out of 11 missiles, putting the Kharkiv, Zmiiv, Pavlohrad, and Kremenchuk thermal power plants out of operation. Therefore, Ukrainians fired at themselves.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Attacks on the thermal power plant on the evening of September 11 were not the first terrorist act committed by russia in attacking Ukraine’s civil infrastructure. russia greatly damaged the Luhansk thermal power plant in the town of Shchastia several days before the start of the full-scale war, the Okhtyrsk thermal power plant in early March, and the Sievierodonetsk thermal power plant in June. In addition, as of March 8, 422 enterprises, 2,472 educational institutions, 934 health care institutions, and 131,300 residential buildings were known to have been destroyed by russia.
  • Due to russia’s attacks on the infrastructure, several regions were indeed left without electricity and some places without water and communications. However, the situation was not as catastrophic as russia tried to paint to its audience. As a result of rocket attacks on the energy infrastructure, there was no electricity in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, with a partial loss of electricity and water supply in the Poltava region and a voltage drop across the power grid in the Sumy region. However, electricity and water supply were restored within a few hours, with repair works continuing in some areas as of the morning of September 12. However, this does not deny that russia deliberately fired on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure to once again try to demoralize and frighten Ukrainians and cause further damage to the country.
  • Interestingly, russian propagandists simultaneously spread several contradictory versions about attacks on infrastructure. According to one version, russia carried out several successful strikes, and “it [was] only the beginning.” According to this version, the strikes aimed to demoralize Ukrainians by leaving them without electricity, water, and heating during the cold season. According to another version, russia did not acknowledge the attacks blaming them on the Armed Forces. Nevertheless, the fact remains that russia attacked Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. There was a confirmed attack on the Kharkiv thermal power plant, where the fire was extinguished only on the afternoon of September 12. At the same time, russia announced new strikes on the energy infrastructure, and russians supported the russian army’s brutality and called for further terrorist attacks in their comments under the reports of shelling.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on September 11

  • The Armed Forces have no success in the Izium direction; it is only PSYOP to intimidate the enemy. The russian army planned to regroup troops from Balakliia and Izium to protect Donbas.
  • russian Telegram channels distributed a video showing children in Zaporizhzhia allegedly asking the Ukrainian “Nazis” not to open fire at their homes.
  • Zelensky is putting pressure on the West to provide weapons faster, threatening to blow up the ZNPP.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia’s defense ministry is trying to hide the russian army’s defeat in the Kharkiv region behind yet another euphemism and “gestures of goodwill.” The so-called “regrouping” is the russian army’s escape from the Kharkiv region after the Armed Forces’ successful counter-offensive. Accordingly, propaganda outlets have no choice but to call the counter-offensive “Ukraine’s PSYOP.” However, the facts speak for themselves: since early September, 3,000 square kilometers have been returned to the control of Ukraine. In the past day alone (on September 11), Ukraine’s Armed Forces liberated 20 settlements.
  • russian propaganda again uses emotional pressure techniques by using children in its campaigns. Footage with children has to evoke more emotions in viewers to make them trust what they see and hear. A notorious example of russian manipulation is the crucified boy story. However, the russian narrative is disinformation per se: the Armed Forces do not harm Ukraine’s civilian population, and even more so, they do not kill children.
  • Ukraine does need continuous support from its partners to ultimately defeat russia. This support can come in the form of money, weapons, or humanitarian aid. Diplomatic support remains essential. However, Ukraine does not demand any of this from the West through blackmail, particularly nuclear blackmail. Moreover, Ukraine has nothing to do with shelling the atomic power plant. The nuclear danger for Ukraine and Europe is evoked only by russia continuing to attack the nuclear plant and deploy military equipment and ammunition there.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on September 9

  • The Economist allegedly wrote that a civil war might soon break out in the United States. In the post, users attach the cover of an issue under the heading “United States of America.”
  • russia’s foreign affairs ministry representative, Ivan Nechaev, said Ukraine was regularly shelling the Zaporizhzhia NPP to deliberately provoke a large-scale artificial disaster. According to the occupier, the Ukrainian side was showing “maniacal zeal,” seeking to harm Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and violating the IAEA General Conference resolution.
  • On August 22, The Guardian published an article by Philip Short, “After six months of bloody and terrible war, what exactly does Putin want from Ukraine?” Russian media outlets and social network users began spreading their manipulative interpretation of the article’s content, claiming the piece said that russia was provoked by “a mindless desire to expand NATO to the east and a promise to accept Ukraine into its ranks.” According to them, NATO would no longer be able to stop russia.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The cover and title of the magazine are genuine, but the article’s authors do not predict a civil war in the USA. Instead, the journalists emphasize that “America is not going to have another civil war, as some feverish pundits speculate.”
  • This is not true: first, Ukraine is not shelling the power plant but only the military facilities that russia deliberately deployed nearby. Second, the IAEA adopted a resolution condemning russia’s actions and calling on the occupiers to bring the plant back under Ukrainian authorities’ control.
  • This is manipulation. The British journalist’s article actually mentions the NATO summit in 2008 (then, they discussed Ukraine’s need to become a fully-fledged member of the alliance) as one of the reasons for turning putin’s attitude towards Ukraine “toxic.” But he calls NATO’s potential enlargement merely the tip of the iceberg without claiming that there is no chance of stopping the russian machine. 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 8 p.m. on September 5

  • 70 thousand Czech Republic citizens protested against supporting Ukraine. Similar rallies are expected in France, Germany, and Italy.
  • American journalist Jackson Hinkle, a holder of an “alternative opinion” regarding russia’s war with Ukraine, believes the demolition of the monument to Soviet Army soldiers in Riga is an attempt to rehabilitate Nazism.
  • Evidence of conducting experiments on Ukrainians was found in the Pharmbiotest bio-laboratory in Rubizhne. According to the lab’s documents, experiments were conducted for years, due to which the population of the Luhansk region decreased by 150 thousand people per year. This actually means that Ukraine committed genocide against the population in Donbas.
  • vladimir putin: “The tragedy happening in Donbas today is the result of the activities of the neo-Nazi regime that came to power by force in 2014 and started hostilities in the region.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • On September 3, there was a protest rally of 70,000 participants in the Czech Republic, according to police reports. The organizers demanded the government’s resignation and negotiations on purchasing gas and oil from russia. Some participants carried posters against the EU, NATO, Prime Minister Petr Fiala, the “green course” for Europe, and the government’s refusal to cooperate with russia. Prime Minister Fiala said the demonstration was initiated by forces declaring their pro-russian position and opposing the interests of the Czech Republic. According to the Czech Prime Minister, the protests were the result of russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns. However, by announcing the same protests in other countries, propagandists confirm they are influencing the public opinion of Europeans, interfering in the political life of European citizens, and preparing for new propaganda campaigns.
  • The so-called US journalist Jackson Hinkle is a Kremlin mouthpiece for the Western audience. He does not express alternative views but views favorable to russia. It should be noted that a search for “Jackson Hinkle” yields results only on russian and pro-russian resources. russia has repeatedly used supposedly Western experts, who are mere propagandists repeating the same russian narratives. On the one hand, such individuals as Hinkle can influence the Western audience and, on the other hand, create an illusion for russians that their position is supported abroad.
  • No experiments on people are conducted in Ukraine. In particular, they have never been carried out in the Luhansk region or Donbas. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, russia has regularly exploited the idea of experiments reportedly conducted on Ukrainians in biological laboratories. According to propaganda outlets, these experiments’ goal was the alleged genocide of Ukrainians sponsored by the West or the testing of Western drugs on Ukrainians (drugs, vaccines, or “warfare drugs”). All this has been allegedly done to use Ukrainians as expendables to save the lives of Europeans and Americans. Such allegations are part of the narratives about Ukraine’s external governance and the West allegedly having no interest in Ukraine and Ukrainians, merely using them in its own interests. Pharmbiotest in Rubizhne is a scientific and diagnostic center conducting clinical research and providing medical care to residents of Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Kreminna. Participation in clinical research is possible only voluntarily and on the condition that the candidate meets the research requirements. Overall, there are only 500 volunteers in the Pharmbiotest database, so the center could not impact the decline of the population by 150,000 people per year. On the other hand, a decrease in the population of the Luhansk region over the past eight years could be influenced by hostilities in the east of Ukraine, shelling of Ukrainian territories by russian troops, occupation, and migration from the war zone. After all, according to the State Statistics Service (despite limited access to population records in the temporarily occupied territories since 2014), the population of the Luhansk region did not decrease by 150,000 people annually.
  • The change of power in 2014 occurred because the then president, putin’s minion Yanukovych, decided to change the European vector of Ukraine’s development to a pro-russian one. Ukrainians disagreed with this and fought for their freedom and the right to develop in a civilized and democratic direction, electing the proper government. The same trends have persisted in society for the past eight years. It was russia that started the war in the east of Ukraine by occupying part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and holding pseudo-referendums to create quasi-republics “LNR” and “DNR.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on September 5

  • the russian duma’s speaker Vyacheslav Zlovdan believes Washington and Brussels demand that Zelensky fight to the last Ukrainian. Women and children are merely expendables for them. Therefore, women should go abroad to avoid being affected by the innovation of registering women and sending them to the frontlines.
  • In Melitopol, the inscription of the city’s name on the rotunda on the Victory Square was changed from Ukrainian to russian in response to numerous requests from the city’s residents.
  • If you follow Ukraine’s version that russia was once part of Kievan Rus’, then russia is waging war for its independence from the Kyivan regime.
  • According to another pseudo-historic version from propagandists, russia invested considerable funds in Ukraine during Soviet times. It paid off all the debts of the USSR as its legal successor. Therefore, Ukraine, as a former USSR republic, is a separatist state feeling comfortable about its obligations being paid and its development financed by others.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In fact, neither the “collective West” nor Zelenskyy aimed to eliminate all Ukrainians in the war, including women and children. Despite the Cabinet of Ministers expanding the list of specialties for which women had to register for military service at the end of 2021, the Ministry of Defense explained already in July 2022 (i.e., during the full-scale war) that the Armed Forces did not need to increase the number of registered women. Currently, Parliament is working on a draft law to allow women to register for military service only voluntarily. However, it seems that the russian state duma’s authorities “missed” the news.
  • According to surveys conducted in late 2021 by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation regarding language and language law, 55.5% and 58.5% of respondents in the south and east of Ukraine, respectively, consider the Ukrainian language to be their native language. In the south and east, almost half of respondents who indicated Ukrainian as their mother tongue mainly communicates in russian at home. The gap shows that in the south and east, the perception of Ukrainian as a native language is often more of a marker of identity, with the actual use of languages being different due to historical reasons. Therefore, there is no real reason to believe that most Melitopol residents would indeed like to change the inscriptions in the city from Ukrainian to russian.
  • russia is waging a war of aggression. Despite propaganda outlets’ attempts to invent new justifications for attacking Ukraine, the fact remains that russia wants to occupy the entire territory of the country. Neither the president nor his propagandists hide their intentions in this regard by threatening to occupy other European countries. On the other hand, the russians’ attempts to call this war a struggle for their independence might mean that the so-called “denazification” and “demilitarization” versions no longer work for them. Therefore, to strengthen support for the so-called “special operation,” russia is borrowing (again!) ideas from Ukraine: this time regarding the struggle for independence.
  • For starters, russia, as the legal successor of the USSR, received many rights and obligations, particularly regarding compensation and satisfaction to the victims of Soviet crimes. It is expressly provided for in the agreement on succession regarding the USSR’s external state debt and assets. However, propaganda outlets omit this fact, trying to once again shift the blame for the so-called “separatism” and unwillingness to follow the totalitarian russian regime and willingness to build its own democratic country onto Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on September 2

  • The West, in particular the UK, sabotages the conclusion of a peace agreement between Ukraine and russia in order to continue testing, advertising, and selling its weapons in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine imposes censorship of events at the frontlines. That is how the Ukrainian authorities try to hide the real problems by maintaining the illusion and staging the counter-offensive on Kherson.
  • Information spread online about the German publication Welt allegedly calling on Kyiv to acknowledge the loss of Donbas and the hopelessness of its attacks on Kherson, citing the article by the journalist Christoph Schiltz published on August 22, 2022.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The West does not sabotage the conclusion of a peace agreement, but it does not insist on it either because any peace concluded now with russians will not benefit Ukraine. russia would not agree to return the captured territories to Ukraine and would violate any non-binding agreements. Moreover, peace with russia would not be beneficial for the entire world either since it would actually mean the world does not recognize russia to be the aggressor and terrorist country. Therefore, russia would continue to function fully on the world stage. The goal of Ukraine and the whole world in the war against russia is to halt russia’s aggression and terrorism and limit its influence in the world.
  • There is no illusion of a counter-offensive on Kherson; Ukraine’s Armed Forces are gradually recapturing territory in the Kherson region. However, this operation is carried out in conditions of information silence, in particular, to not provoke the enemy or reveal our plans to them. Limiting the spread of military information in wartime is entirely appropriate since doing otherwise would harm the military and the country as a whole. On the other hand, russia is trying to distort reality and prove that if no one is talking about the counter-offensive, then it does not exist. Notably, despite the information silence about the situation in the Kherson region, russia comments on this topic the most, allegedly trying to convince russians and Ukrainians remaining in the temporarily occupied territories that nothing is actually happening.
  • This is manipulation. In the article, the journalist did not address the Ukrainian government or call on it to abandon its military goals. The conclusions made in the piece are the author’s opinion. He believes Ukraine has almost lost Donbas and some of its southern territories. However, in his opinion, the situation can be changed by increasing the West’s supplies of ammunition and weapons, especially MLRS, tanks, and air defense systems.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on September 2

  • The russian military does not torture, hold captive, or kill employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and Enerhodar. On the contrary, russian troops care for the safety of the citizens and ZNPP employees.
  • ZNPP employees testified that the Armed Forces attacked the plant, threatening nuclear safety.
  • russia does not shell residential areas and civilian infrastructure in Kharkiv; the strikes targeted only the Armed Forces’ places of deployment.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian troops have occupied Enerhodar and the Zaporizhzhia NPPs since early March. Facts about russians likely torturing the plant’s employees have been repeatedly reported by journalists citing ZNPP employees. Holding the plant’s workers under occupation contradicts nuclear safety requirements since they cannot perform their duties under normal conditions being constantly in danger instead.
  • ZNPP employees are being held under occupation, and the russian troops can threaten them for spreading the truth about what is actually happening at the ZNPP. Therefore, it cannot be said that the testimony of an employee about the ZNPP allegedly being shelled from the Ukrainian side is true. The employee could have been forced to say this on camera to once again support the narrative that Ukraine, not russia perpetrates nuclear terrorism.
  • The russians are shelling Kharkiv with missiles every day. Almost every time, this results in damaged residential buildings and civil infrastructure and dead and injured. However, russia continues to propagate the narrative about shelling exclusively military facilities, e.g., weapons depots or the Armed Forces deployments. Each time, it is merely an excuse for russia to kill Ukrainians and destroy the big Ukrainian city. On September 4, three people were injured in the city’s Novobavarskyi district due to a rocket attack by the occupiers. The projectile hit the ground, but the blast wave damaged private homes and a 10-story apartment building. Several more people were injured due to shelling in the area.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on September 1

  • Ukrainian Nazis engaged in shelling to disrupt IAEA delegation’s visit
  • Information spread online about the European Parliament reportedly discovering no evidence of russia sponsoring terrorism. MEP Gunnar Beck from the Alternative for Germany party is said to have stated this in an interview with the russian propaganda outlet Izvestiya.
  • Propaganda outlets spread information about alleged harassment and persecution of russian journalist Alina Lipp’s relatives in Germany, reporting the “truth” about events in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no objective evidence that Ukraine shelled the ZNPP since the Ukrainian military could only respond to russian shellings, not cause intentional damage to the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Moreover, Ukraine is absolutely not interested in disrupting the IAEA delegation’s visit because they must guarantee nuclear safety for Ukraine and Europe. Instead, it is to russia’s advantage to continue shelling the nuclear power plant during the IAEA visit to prove that Ukraine carries out atomic terrorism, with russia supposedly protecting the plant from possible attacks. russia has been trying to convince the whole world of this since the first days of the plant’s occupation.
  • Gunnar Beck cited the Saeima’s decision to recognize russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying it was “not backed by facts” or “strong evidence.” However, the Latvian Parliament named several instances of russia’s terrorist activities in the world: supplying weapons to the Assad regime in Syria, poisoning the Skripal family, shooting down flight MH17, and using arms and munitions prohibited by international standards to attack public places and civilians in Ukraine “with disproportionate cruelty.” The EU, UN, the US, and other countries have repeatedly condemned russian strikes on Ukraine’s territory, resulting in numerous civilian casualties.
  • Journalist Alina Lipp was born and raised in Germany; her mother is German, and her father is russian. Lipp was into environmental issues and a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens party in Germany. Since 2014, she has been spreading propaganda among the population of Germany and russia. In her Telegram channel, Lipp constantly says that in 2014 Ukraine was taken over by “fascists” allegedly killing the civilian population of Donbas. The main goal of russia’s invasion is presented as “protecting” the residents who have reportedly been “killed” by Ukraine for eight years. russia uses the same narrative to “justify” its invasion of Ukraine. There is no information to confirm that the journalist’s relatives are being persecuted. The German prosecutor’s office blocked Lipp’s account, which she used to collect funds to support her activities, transferring them into an account at a russian bank. Paypal also blocked the accounts of Lipp and her father, living in Crimea.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on August 31

  • Seizing as much territory as possible is crucial for the President’s Office to present this to Western partners as a trump card in the case of financial and military aid for Ukraine. Without great territorial success, it would complicate the process of negotiating aid deals for Ukraine and weaken the lobbyists’ position in the presidential office.
  • The attack on Kherson was only Kyiv’s psychological operation, not actual actions.
  • The Ukrainian military used NATO weapons to break the roof of the Zaporizhzhia NPP’s special-purpose facility, storing nuclear fuel.

Now the TRUTH:

  • First, note that pro-russian channels call the return of Ukrainian territories “seizing.” Second, returning Ukrainian lands is necessary not to gain help from partners but to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Of course, Western partners should see that their assistance is practical. However, the liberation of Kherson is primarily needed by Ukraine and Ukrainians, not to demonstrate something to Western partners.
  • It is to russia’s advantage to call the attack on Kherson PSYOP to prove that Ukraine’s Armed Forces have had no real success in the Kherson region, and all statements about freeing Kherson are nothing more than government talk. In reality, Kherson and the area are being liberated in silence so the enemy does not learn about the army’s plans and cannot disrupt them. Such statements may also be russia’s response to the Armed Forces destroying the russian army’s logistics routes, e.g., the Antonivka Bridge. In this way, russia tries to distract the audience’s attention from the AFU’s real successes.
  • By spreading such statements, russia pursues several goals: firstly, it tries to accuse NATO of supporting the so-called “nuclear terrorism” of Ukraine, and secondly, it continues the narrative that Ukraine has been shelling the ZNNP, with russia only protecting the station. Both allegations are false. Western partners provide us with weapons to contain russia, which is an enemy not only of Ukraine but also of all of Europe and the civilized world. The safety of all of Europe, including NATO member countries, depends on whether Ukraine survives this war. As for shelling the plant, russia has been lying about the situation at the ZNPP for five months without providing sufficient evidence of the Armed Forces carrying out the strikes. Each time, russia’s evidence of alleged shelling by the Ukrainian side turned out to be falsified or downright fake.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on August 30

  • A photo circulated online showing a British warning about preparing for a cold winter because Ukraine needed more gas. On the billboard, a message read, “You’ll be cold this winter because they need it more,” printed over Ukraine’s flag’s blue and yellow colors.
  • The information was posted on pro-russian Facebook pages about Turkey reportedly recognizing the threat of developing biological weapons in Ukraine, sponsored by the United States. They cite a screenshot of a news story on one of the Turkish TV channels as evidence.
  • russian media outlets spread the news of Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, sending a letter to Poland with a proposal to rename the street in Warsaw where the russian embassy is located in honor of the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement, Stepan Bandera.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Independent fact-checkers from Reuters debunked this fake news. According to their data, the photo was shared by Facebook and Twitter users. The post received over 20,000 likes and almost 5,000 shares on Twitter. However, the original billboard showed a poster for upcoming concerts in Manchester. The poster can be found on the website of the UK advertising agency KMS Media.
  • This is manipulation. The TV channel’s story was not about Turkey’s official statement but russia’s accusations against Ukraine. The Tele1 channel’s story featured no Turkish government or intelligence statements, nor did Turkey’s official representatives confirm russia’s allegations about bio-laboratories. In the Tele1 channel’s piece, they just spoke about russian accusations toward Ukraine and the USA. Since Tele1 did not refute russia’s allegations or provide Ukraine’s position, russian propagandists used the TV story to “present” the Turkish side’s official position. However, the TV channel’s story is not the Turkish government’s official statement (there was even no mention of Turkey’s reaction to the russian fake news).
  • This is fake: the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied information about correspondence with Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry regarding renaming the street in honor of Bandera. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated so on Twitter. The fake information was spread on Telegram by a pro-russian “hactivist persona,”  who had also disseminated content on the alleged deportation of Ukrainians from Poland. Poland’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcin Przydacz, confirmed the letter was fake. Ukrainian state bodies also denied information about a request to rename a street in Warsaw.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on August 29

  • Strikes on the Antonivka Bridge in Kherson are ineffective because the entire bridge is intact and continues to be used by the russian military. US money goes down the sink in Ukraine, so the USA will soon stop supporting the Armed Forces and delivering weapons to Ukraine.
  • Ukraine continues to shell the Zaporizhzhia NPP. The damaged units cooling the reactors increase the risk of a nuclear disaster. In addition, Ukraine cut off the last power transmission line linked to the ZNPP.
  • Ukrainian refugees in Spain can become Big Pharma experimental rats and organ donors for illegal transplants.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Of course, russia will not admit that Ukraine’s Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out successful strikes on the Antonivskyi Bridge: practical enough to make russia’s formations gradually withdraw from Kherson and the region. Instead, russia tries to use the allegedly ineffective strikes on the bridge to its advantage, accusing Ukraine again of wasting the West’s money. However, if this were true, the USA and the EU would not continue supporting Ukraine and providing military and financial aid.
  • russia continues to shell the ZNPP to maintain the narrative of Ukraine being a terrorist country and divert the global community’s attention from recognizing russia as a source of terrorism. Fortunately, world leaders do not believe russia’s disinformation and therefore do not deem Ukraine to be behind attacks on the ZNNP. russian shelling damaged power transmission lines, posing a direct threat to Ukraine’s and Europe’s nuclear safety.
  • russia once again tried to convince us that Ukrainian refugees are not welcome in Europe and can even be dangerous. To this end, russian propaganda can exaggerate and distort refugees’ entirely true stories by inventing conspiracy theories, e.g., about Big Pharma and experiments on Ukrainians. Such fake news items aim to undermine Ukrainians’ trust in Western assistance and incline them to decide to stay here under russia’s occupation.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 28

  • Young people are unwilling to fight for Ukraine and die for Zelensky. They enter into conflict with the police and the military distributing summonses, particularly in Arkadia in Odesa.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces killed Oleksii Vadaturskyi in Mykolaiv with an S-300 missile on orders from another oligarch.
  • The US does not recognize that Ukraine sold Western weapons in the black markets to not lose their voters’ confidence before the fall elections.

Now the TRUTH:

  • First off, getting a summons does not mean being sent to the front lines, and most importantly, it is not a form of punishment, say, for resting on the beach. The summons obliges its recipient to visit a territorial recruitment and social support center (formerly an enlistment office) to update personal data, including one’s whereabouts, state of health, family composition, place of work or study, etc. The law does not regulate where summons can be served. Therefore, one can get them anywhere: at checking points, near a store, in a park, at their workplace, at home, at a gas station, etc. Summonses are authorized to be served by: territorial recruitment and social support center employees (the current name for enlistment offices), local self-government representatives, heads of educational institutions, and employers.
  • Overnight into July 31, russian troops shelled Mykolaiv. According to Dmytro Pletenchuk, regional military administration press officer, russian troops launched combined missile strikes on Mykolaiv that night, firing from the Smerch MRLS and S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. A pre-trial investigation into the death of the director general of the agricultural firm Nibulon, Oleksii Vadaturskyi, is underway. One version of the investigation is targeted murder. According to an adviser to the OPU head, Mykhailo Podoliak, the russian missiles hitting Vadaturskyi’s house were most likely not an accident.
  • The US Defense Department assured that they had no doubts about the weapons provided to Ukraine being adequately used. A US Defense Department representative said at a briefing on July 15 that the US side did not track the arms. “We feel pretty good that the Ukrainians are using the weapons that we’ve provided to them and have not seen any indications that those weapons have gone anywhere else other than to fight against the Russians,” the Pentagon representative said, commenting on rumors about alleged arms smuggling out of Ukraine. It makes no sense for Ukrainian authorities to smuggle weapons provided by Western allies since the country needs them to survive the war with russia. Notably, russia was the first to spread allegations about arms smuggling, not US or EU representatives. Therefore, russia tries to impose on the West the opinion that Ukraine reportedly resells weapons in black markets. In contrast, American and European institutions assure they do not see any signs of selling weapons to black markets.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on August 27

  • The Pentagon announced they would no longer provide HIMARS to Ukraine. US Undersecretary of Defense Secretary Colin Kahl reported this at a journalists’ briefing.
  • Ukraine regularly fires on the Zaporizhzhia NPP and deliberately provokes a large-scale artificial disaster. Ukraine reportedly violated the resolution of the IAEA General Conference.
  • russian media outlets released a video showing Odesa residents waiting in queues for bread while Ukraine exported all of its grain.

Now the TRUTH:

  • This is manipulation. In reality, Colin Kahl said a stable supply of ammunition for HIMARS already available in Ukraine was the Pentagon’s priority, not the provision of new missile systems.
  • Ever since seizing the station, the russians have tried to shift the blame for shelling the ZNPP onto Ukraine. However, all their reports turned out to be false. Back in March, the IAEA passed a resolution condemning russia’s actions in Ukraine. They mentioned the resolution of the IAEA General Conference on attacks on nuclear facilities within the context of their being violated by russia.
  • In reality, there is no evidence that the people featured in the video were actually standing in line for bread. There are no large grocery stores in the yard near the residential building shown by the propaganda outlets. Also, there are no permanent points for handing out humanitarian aid at this address in Odesa.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on August 25

  • Ukraine struck the Chaplyne railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region using American HIMARS. This was necessary to make Zelensky’s speech more effective before the UN Security Council.
  • Ukraine needed some victories before Independence Day to divert attention from real failures on the frontlines and its participation in the terrorist attack in moscow, killing darya dugina.
  • dugina’s portrait, crossed on the Myrotvorets website and captioned “liquidated,” is evidence of Ukraine’s involvement in her murder. vasili nebenzya, russia’s representative at the UN Security Council, spoke about this at the UN.
  • The Crimea Platform makes no sense because, apart from promises and slogans, there is no real benefit from it.
  • During the 31 years of independence, Ukraine has come to the point of complete non-independence since its attempts to integrate with the West only resulted in Ukraine merely becoming its appendage. Now the West is using Ukrainians to wage war against russia.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia fired missiles on the village of Chaplyne in the Dnipropetrovsk region twice in one day. The first enemy projectile destroyed a private house, burying three people (a woman and two children) under the rubble. The 11-year-old boy could not be saved. Then the russians fired a missile on the railway utility buildings and three more on the railway station. As of the evening of August 24, about five wagons were burned on the spot, and there were 22 human casualties, five of whom burned in the car.
  • Gee Willikers, the FSB said Natalia Vovk (a woman accused of murdering dugina) was a member of the Azov regiment. Right in time to justify russia’s recent recognition of Azov” as a terrorist organization and the upcoming illegal trial of the battalion’s POWs. Her case became another milestone in the big russian lie, namely the narrative that Ukraine should be recognized as a terrorist state at the international level. For starters, moscow now has, at least in its own eyes, the right to refuse negotiations without pretending to the russians and the civilized world that it wants peace. Propaganda outlets write that “the Kyiv regime has become a terrorist state.” There can be no negotiations with terrorists; they must be “destroyed, regardless of borders and distances.” Second, it can now articulate its key goal – the liquidation of Ukraine – even more fearlessly. “For some, their own statehood is not only not useful, but also harmful,” pro-Kremlin Telegram channels wrote. At dugina’s funeral, odious propagandists glorified russia’s “greatness” and fascism. Kiselyov said: “What should be russia’s response? Uncompromising denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.” Third, it is a way of getting the russians’ full support for even greater brutality against Ukraine. For russian society, Ukrainian authorities are now terrorists threatening them at home in russia. The russians can support the invasion even more, including missile strikes on “decision-making centers” and civilians or a trial over the captured Azov members.
  • russia’s representative in the UN Security Council, vasili nebenzya, is spreading fake news again. Although dugina is marked as liquidated on Myrotvorets, the site does not reflect Ukraine’s official position. darya dugina shared her father’s ideas, actively appearing on pro-Kremlin channels and supporting russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She said it was necessary to be tougher in conducting the war in Ukraine because the russians were fighting too carefully. And military tribunals had to be held in every Ukrainian city: Donetsk, Mariupol, etc.
  • The Crimean Platform made Ukraine’s partners finally pay attention to russia’s occupation of Crimea and recognize that Crimea should be Ukrainian. Diplomatic support for the return of Crimea laid the foundation for the financial and military support of Ukraine to return the temporarily occupied territories. Naturally, the Crimean Platform is not a quick solution for returning Crimea long awaited by society. However, overcoming the enemy without international support would be much more complex and time-consuming.
  • During its 31 years of independence, Ukraine became free from the post-Soviet past and russia’s influence. Ukraine chose a pro-European path of development, building democracy instead of a totalitarian regime characteristic of the countries that were part of the USSR. Ukraine must implement reforms as Western countries advise to become an EU member. That is what russia calls “external governance” over Ukraine. russia does not like this path of development, trying to seize Ukraine and return it to its control.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 23

  • russian philosopher aleksandr dugin, whose daughter was killed last week, never called for the extermination of Ukrainians
  • According to russia’s FSB, darya dugina (a daughter of the philosopher Oleksandr Dugin) was killed by Natalia Vovk, a Ukrainian citizen and member of the Azov battalion and the National Guard of Ukraine.
  • Britain insists that Ukraine continue nuclear terrorism at the NPP so that NATO has a reason to bring in its troops and attack russia.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Many years ago, Western experts defined dugin as one of the prominent Kremlin ideologues promoting fascist ideas. aleksandr dugin is called the ideologist of the so-called “Neo-Eurasianism” movement. The far-right philosopher advocates the idea of creating a “Eurasian superpower,” supposedly with russia at its center, by absorbing (i.e., destroying) neighboring countries, including Ukraine. That is how the “Eurasian empire,” the russian believes, would stand up against the US and NATO. According to Dugin, neighboring countries cannot exist as separate, independent states: they must dissolve to become part of the new superpower. Any national ideas and manifestations would interfere with the idea.
  • russia’s FSB identified dugina’s murderer in just 44 hours. As luck would have it, the long-suffering Azov regiment was not spared here either. However, the special services’ arguments are weak and devoid of logic. Natalia Vovk’s ID, shown by russian media outlets, is probably a photo-edited and fake item.
  • These russian allegations are devoid of logic. For starters, it makes no sense for Britain, NATO, or any European country to insist that Ukraine provoke an accident at the ZNPP since Europe could also suffer from a cloud of radioactive dust. Second, the russian military carries out nuclear terrorism by keeping the plant’s workers under occupation, deploying equipment and ammunition at the ZNPP, damaging the devices and sensors that should signal a radiation leakage, and threatening to disconnect the ZNPP from the Ukrainian grid.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on August 22

  • Social media posted information about how well Ukraine was prepared for the russian invasion. Users claimed Ukraine should have purchased 120 NASAMS-3 air defense systems instead of implementing the Big Construction program. One hundred and twenty systems reportedly cost $2.6 billion (UAH 72 billion), i.e., 15% of the total amount spent on Big Construction.
  • russian media posted information about alleged plans to draft pensioners into the Ukrainian army. They made this conclusion based on an interview with the ex-head of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Mykola Malomuzh.
  • Social media disseminated information about events like mass protests, changes of power, and “state defaults” due to the world’s economic, fuel, food, and resource crisis due to occur within the next 12 months. All these problems would arise because of the “Ukrainian crisis.” Users also said the crisis could have been avoided had Ukraine fulfilled the Minsk agreements.
  • Information spread online about Ukrainians burning down a wooded area in Spain after they burned a russian flag on camera. Users reported seeing the news feed of the Spanish TV channel RTVE read, Ukrainian refugees burned the area by setting fire to a russian flag on camera. 

Now the TRUTH:

  • The issue of purchasing weapons is not only economic but also political. In order to gain access to modern weapons, consent from the countries having these weapons is required. Before russia’s full-scale invasion, NATO countries refrained from passing air defense systems to Ukraine, except for man-portable air-defense systems (Manpads) like Stinger. And even during the russian attack, Western countries did not immediately open access to advanced weapons. Only on July 1 did the USA announce it would pass 2 NASAMS batteries to Ukraine. Until February 2022, Ukraine repeatedly expressed interest in buying Western air defense systems. For instance, back in August 2018, Valery Chalyi, the then ambassador of Ukraine to the USA, said Ukraine was looking into purchasing American air defense systems worth $750 million per unit. The ambassador did not specify the systems’ model, saying Ukraine expressed the request during negotiations with the USA. In September 2021, Oleksiy Reznikov, then Minister for Reintegration of the Occupied Territories, said Ukraine had asked the U.S. to strengthen its air defense capabilities. In December 2021, Minister of Defense Reznikov once again called on Western countries to hand over new weapons, particularly anti-aircraft missile complexes. That same month, CNN reported that Ukraine’s representatives argued for the need to receive U.S. air defense systems (e.g., Patriot). However, the United States was concerned that passing such weapons would provoke russia. In other words, even if Ukraine had had “extra” money to buy Western air defense systems, it is unlikely that NATO countries would have agreed to pass them to the Armed Forces.
  • Mykola Malomuzh did not mention retirees during his July 21 interview. He said: “Now we need to prepare for a strategic offensive. To accomplish this we must prepare mighty reserves. I emphasize again that we’re mobilizing many service members, including reserve members with military experience. Those with experience in the ATO and serving in hot spots and even Afghanistan.” Reserve conscripts are citizens fit for military service in terms of health in peacetime or wartime who have not reached the age limit for being in reserve. The age limit depends on the military rank (60 years old for junior and senior officers and 65 years for high-level officers). During martial law in Ukraine, citizens aged 18 to 60 (except high-level officers in the reserve of up to 65 years of age) who can perform military duty can be mobilized. Men in Ukraine retire at 60, provided they have the required pensionable service record. (Someone with an insufficient pensionable history can retire later). It should be mentioned that on March 24, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No.7180, allowing military members (privates, sergeants, starshynas, and junior and senior officers to serve up to 65 of age if voluntarily requested. According to applicable laws, the maximum service age for these soldiers is 60 years old. The bill was voted for and submitted to be signed by the president on April 2. However, as of August 19, the document still remained unsigned and thus was not yet in effect.
  • The primary source was a post on the Telegram channel Legitimny dated July 15, 2022. The channel’s authors did not indicate the source or provide any arguments for why Ukraine is allegedly responsible for the possible crisis. Earlier, the SBU said the Telegram channel collaborates with russian special services, regularly disseminating disinformation about Ukraine. russia carried out aggression against Ukraine back on February 20, 2014. Another stage of russian aggression (i.e., a full-scale invasion) began on February 24, 2022. russia is to be held responsible for aggressive actions because Ukraine did not resort to provocations or violate russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Although russia also accused Ukraine of violating the Minsk agreements, it had repeatedly violated all peace agreements itself. In particular, russia and its controlled forces in Donbas had violated the ceasefire regime and recognized the quasi-republics of the LPR/DPR prior to the large-scale invasion.
  • The banner with the news feed in the shared video was edited. In a program on July 22, the news feed read: “Detienen a un conductor de vtc por abusar de una pasajera en Madrid mientras conducía drogado ” (“VTC driver was arrested for abusing a passenger in Madrid while driving under influence”). There was no mention of Ukrainian refugees purportedly burning the area or setting fire to a russian flag on camera. The telecast was about the July fires in Spain, particularly in Zamora (a city and a province in Spain), and their consequences. Notably, different times were shown for the text about the alleged Ukrainian refugees in the shared video (15:34 vs. 15:26 in the original piece).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 18

  • Ukrainian refugees’ children are kidnapped in large numbers in Europe. The countries’ police and Ukrainian diplomats in Europe cannot resolve this issue.
  • Zelensky is preparing to blow up the Zaporizhzhia NPP, currently “warming up” in Crimea.
  • The Armed Forces kill animals en masse damaging the environment in the so-called DPR. In response, proceedings were opened on the grounds of “ecocide” against Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Because of the large number of refugees in Europe, the risk of child abduction and human trafficking has indeed become greater. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ilva Johansson warned about this back in March. However, russia currently brings up several cases on this topic to create an effect of child abduction being a mass phenomenon, with Europe unable to do anything about it. This is how russia is trying to demonize our partners and prove that Europe is not really helping Ukrainian refugees, incapable of protecting them. In fact, the issue of child abduction and human trafficking did not arise with the influx of Ukrainian refugees but has existed for many years. European and international institutions constantly seek ways to counter and prevent human trafficking.
  • The reality is that russia commits crimes against ecology. As of July 27, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources documented over 2,000 instances of russia’s crimes against the environment. Among them were threats to nuclear and radiation safety (the occupation of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the spring and the capture and shelling of the ZNPP), attacks on infrastructure and industrial facilities, and overall environmental pollution as a result of the hostilities. As of August 10, over 30% of Ukraine’s territory was deemed potentially contaminated by various ammunition and explosive devices.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on August 17

  • Pro-russian Telegram channels are convinced that the war can only end if: a new Minsk 3 agreement is signed; Ukraine fully surrenders; Ukraine’s military leadership is dead; a Maidan occurs in russia or Ukraine; and other, larger, wars break out globally.
  • russian media outlets are trying to convince us of a “household nationalism” flourishing in Western Ukraine. They provide an example of a russian-speaking woman outraged that residents of Western Ukraine humiliate russian-speakers. This so-called “household nationalism” turns into Nazism against fellow citizens from eastern and southern regions.
  • US GMLRS and U.K. Brimstone missiles were discovered near the ZNPP, which confirms that the Armed Forces (not russia) shelled the ZNPP.
  • Pro-russian Telegram channels say they learned from their OPU sources that the Cabinet of Ministers had agreed to sell more firewood to the E.U. to help Europe survive the energy crisis. For this, the Carpathians forests must be cut down on a large scale, resulting in the flooding of Carpathian and Transcarpathian towns.
  • 30,000 tons of grain have been decaying for two months in the Rubizhne elevator, bombarded by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the spring of this year. In all the “military special operation” months, the Ukrainian punishers did not allow the farmers to get the grain, pounding the elevator with artillery fire.
  • The reason for shelling the Zaporizhia NPP by the Armed Forces is apparent. In this way, Kyiv makes it clear that if there are referendums in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, the authorities will organize “Chernobyl 2.0.” The Armed Forces continue to operate under a “scorched earth” scheme, destroying everything behind them, if possible. The fate of the residents of the liberated areas is of concern only to the russians. russians are held responsible for all things destroyed, including by the Ukrainian military.
  • Ukrainians are getting out of their Western curators’ control, which is entirely predictable. No one in the West understands what to do with this uncontrollable force. The West is developing the message that the ZNPP’s territory should be a “demilitarized” zone with European peacekeepers brought in. However, any “demilitarized zone” around the Zaporizhzhia NPP will be immediately violated by the Kyiv regime and occupied by the Armed Forces. If the Ukrainian forces occupy the ZNPP, the threat of a nuclear disaster will increase manifold.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Notably, none of the versions mentions Ukraine’s victory, with other options being either capitulation, peace agreements that would be unfair and unfavorable for Ukraine, or simply distracting russia’s attention. Pro-russian sources keep spreading the straightforward narrative that Ukraine cannot win this war. Such narratives aim to discourage, demoralize, and force us to pressure the authorities to hold peace talks with russia.
  • It is not the first time russia has argued that the so-called “domestic nationalism turning into Nazism” is flourishing in the west of Ukraine. To confirm this russia often uses reports on alleged persecution of russian speakers. In doing so, russian propaganda outlets are trying to pass individual cases off as a large-scale phenomenon. The reality is that Western Ukraine has helped immigrants greatly, regardless of the region of Ukraine they hail from. Such narratives aim to drive a wedge between Ukrainians, divide and polarize society, and undermine our joint work for victory. Furthermore, russia is trying to use such statements to justify the need for the so-called “denazification” of Ukraine.
  • To confirm that Ukraine shelled the ZNPP russian media outlets and Telegram channels provided photos of fragments of British and American missiles allegedly found near the ZNPP. However, the images are insufficient to prove that the Armed Forces fired at the ZNPP. It is generally not clear from the photos whether they were indeed taken near the ZNPP or at least in Enerhodar. Pictures of rocket debris that could be picked up anywhere are used in the wrong context. In fact, it makes no sense for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to create a nuclear threat to Ukraine. Instead, russia continues to blackmail Ukraine and the entire world by occupying the ZNNP and deploying military equipment and ammunition on its territory.
  • Notably, M.P.s of the already banned OPFL had spread false statements about the total cutting down of Carpathian forests for export to the EU for years. The EU reportedly demanded that Ukrainian forests be cut down in exchange for membership. Now they are saying deforestation is necessary to gain favors from Europe. But this is not true. First, you should not trust anonymous sources because no one can verify their reputation and the authenticity of their words. Second, regarding deforestation, the EU demanded that Ukraine lift the moratorium on the export of roundwood since it contradicted the provisions of the Association with the E.U. on free trade. It may now have to do with easing restrictions on trade within the European integration framework.
  • russian troops destroyed the elevator in Rubizhne back in May. According to Serhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, “their goal is the Holodomor. The occupiers destroyed the elevator in Rubizhne with aerial bombs. Satellite images by the Planet Lab company indicate russia dropped powerful bombs on Golden AGRO LLC in Rubizhne. The elevator complex, established in 2020, was completely destroyed.”
  • The possibility of Ukraine attacking its nuclear power plant is low for economic and environmental reasons. First, switching off the station would cut off electricity in Ukraine’s southern regions. After all, the station occupied by the russians is still connected to the domestic power network providing electricity to the neighboring areas. Of course, the government considered alternative ways of supplying electricity should the ZNPP be disconnected from the grid. However, this decision would have an uncomfortable impact on the state budget. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Ukraine would be able to use reserve capacities or buy electricity from the EU. Therefore, our state would have to stop exporting electricity to Europe, sacrificing billions of dollars. The second factor is probably the most important and dangerous. Damage to the station would cause an environmental disaster not of a lesser scale than that of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. Experts warn that radiation could spread across Ukraine and several European countries. In addition, the proximity of the ZNPP to the Kakhovka Reservoir would inevitably lead to pollution of the waters of the Mediterranean and Black Seas. What’s more, this unnatural disaster would take the lives of tens of thousands of civilians and liquidators, with the Zaporizhzhia region becoming utterly unsuitable for life.
  • Citing international norms, Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets said an attack on a station where nuclear or radiological materials are used is an act of nuclear terrorism. Accordingly, any actions that might cause the release of radiation are considered atomic terrorism. During the occupation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the russians have repeatedly exposed the facility to dangers. It is worth recalling seizing the station on March 4. The russian military struck one of the power units, causing a fire at the atomic station. The invaders kept on shelling for a long time, preventing the firefighters from getting to the place promptly. They miraculously avoided the release of radiation. However, the russians continue to blackmail the world with nuclear explosions. For instance, in a recent report, ISW experts said the occupiers had mined the Zaporizhzhya NPP. Reviewers cite an investigation by a Bellingcat reporter, Willem Zwanenburg, who analyzed the station’s satellite images. The author wrote about many service members and equipment on the object’s territory. Zwanenburg also noticed recently dug trenches, assuming the russians could strike Ukraine from those positions. Previously, Petro Kotin had said the russian military regularly shelled Nikopol from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 16

  • Information spread online about Ukraine’s Armed Forces firing HIMARS passed to Ukraine under the U.S. assistance program blindly. Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, spoke about the “blind” work of HIMARS during his interview with Newsweek. Military observer Oleksandr Khrolenko also said HIMARS would not change the balance of forces at the front lines or “save the Armed Forces.” He claimed the HIMARS did not help the Ukrainian army but underwent range tests.
  • russian propaganda outlets spread the statement made by a high-ranking Pentagon official about Ukraine’s Armed Forces striking (apparently accidentally) the detention center in Olenivka (Donetsk region) where prisoners of war from the Azov regiment were held. They claimed the explosion occurred due to the impact of the HIMARS system missiles, with fragments of the system missiles found on the territory of the isolation ward.
  • On July 12, 2022, the russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced the desire of many Ukrainians to obtain russian citizenship. He thus supported the decree signed by vladimir putin on July 11, making it easier for Ukrainians to get russian citizenship. Peskov also said, “The special military operation is not against Ukrainians but the regime.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On July 28, 2022, Newsweek published an interview with Anton Herashchenko where the politician answered the question about what Ukraine still needed to continue fighting. Herashchenko did not speak about the ineffectiveness of HIMARS or “blind shooting” but emphasized that Ukraine needed new technologies for finding artillery targets. He said, “HIMARS and heavy artillery are a good first step, but if we don’t have the technology to locate and adjust targets for artillery strikes, then we’re just firing blind shots.”
  • This is not true. Pentagon officials did not make any assumptions about the involvement of the Ukrainian military in the killing of prisoners of war in Olenivka. On July 29, 2022, a high-ranking Pentagon official said at a press conference with journalists that he did not have information about who was to blame for murdering prisoners of war in Olenivka. However, he remarked we should treat the russian version of events with extreme caution. When asked by a Reuters journalist about using HIMARS to strike Olenivka, an official replied he could not provide specific information. Regarding russia’s statement about HIMARS missiles’ fragments on the territory of the detention center, the official stated that russia might have many pieces of such missiles since Ukraine’s Armed Forces had repeatedly used HIMARS to strike military targets. The Pentagon official said: “Here’s the last thing I’d say, if it happened to be a Ukrainian strike, I promise you, number one, they didn’t mean to do that, right? They certainly care about their own people, and they care about the civilians and military in uniform of their own army.” The Pentagon did not say Ukraine’s Armed Forces inadvertently hit the isolation ward in Olenivka. The representative said they did not have enough information to discuss the strike on Olenivka. The Institute for the Study of War assumed that russia stood behind the explosion in Olenivka. This was pointed out by high-ranking American officials and indicated by a picture of the building after the blast.
  • This is not true. There is no confirmation of many Ukrainians’ desire to obtain a russian passport. russia carries out forced and illegal passportization in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories. There is no confirmation of great excitement among people in the temporarily occupied territories about holding a russian passport. For instance, on the first day of issuing russian passports, 23 people applied for russian citizenship in Kherson and 30 in Melitopol. According to the National Resistance Center, due to the failure to issue passports, the russians are resorting to various methods of bribing the public, including handing out money to vulnerable sections of the population, forcibly handing out passports in detention facilities, etc. At the same time, the occupation authorities want to receive personal data from the residents of the temporarily occupied territories to hold a referendum. As of August 1, about 10,000 residents of the occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions (i.e., about 1% of the adult population) reportedly received passports.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on August 11

  • Not a single russian aircraft at the Saky airbase was damaged.
  • Armed Forces members disguised in russian uniforms demonstratively robbed private houses and used physical violence against the civilians of Slovyansk. It is claimed that the looting of the Armed Forces was captured on video to spread fake news in Western media.
  • In Dnipro, Ukraine’s Armed Forces members set up a base in school No.23 (Yavornytskyi Avenue), with artillery and armored vehicles deployed nearby.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The destruction of at least seven planes was confirmed, in particular, by CNN. Two more planes must have been damaged. Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff reported nine destroyed aircraft when summing up the occupiers’ losses.
  • There is no confirmation that the Armed Forces robbed civilians’ houses in Slovyansk, pretending to be russian soldiers. On July 21, 2022, the head of russia’s national defense management center, colonel-general Mykhail Mizintsev, said Ukraine’s Armed Forces had prepared a provocation in Slovyansk to discredit russia’s army. To implement it, Ukrainian troops dressed in russian uniforms with St. George ribbons on and demonstratively looted private houses using physical violence against civilians. At the same time, information and psychological operations specialists of Ukraine’s Armed Forces took photos and videos of “acts of looting” allegedly committed by russia. No video or photo of these events has been published by publications with a high-level, factual presentation of information. The russians wanted to use this fake story to protect themselves from future accusations of war crimes in Slovyansk they were trying to capture.
  • Besides the specialized multidisciplinary school No.23, the Dnipro National History Museum is also located on Yavornytskyi Avenue. There is an exhibition of Soviet military equipment in the museum’s courtyard near the Battle for the Dnipro dioramas. These are museum exhibits that do not belong to the Armed Forces. Museum employees note the equipment is unsuitable for combat.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on August 10

  • Kyiv has been shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to justify the deployment of peacekeepers on its territory and thus justify the introduction of a NATO peacekeeping contingent. Ukraine’s president even proposed this.
  • Switchblade 300 kamikaze drones that Ukraine received from its Western partners are offered for sale on the darknet.
  • Captured Azov members confirm the colony in Olenivka was struck by HIMARS

Now the TRUTH:

  • To start with, the introduction of peacekeepers to the territory of the ZNPP was proposed by Ukraine’s former president and European Solidarity’s current leader, Petro Poroshenko – not Volodymyr Zelensky. Secondly, and more importantly, the shelling of the ZNNP and nuclear terrorism is carried out by russia, not by the Armed Forces. Let us recall that due to the occupation and actions of the russian military, the Zaporizhzhia NPP operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards.
  • There is no real reason to believe that kamikaze drones from the Ukrainian front lines are sold on the darknet. Any drone owners with access to the “shadow section of the Internet could place such an announcement.” Notably, the statements about Ukraine allegedly selling Western weapons in black markets are spread solely by russia. Representatives of the West, international organizations, and partner countries have never expressed such doubts. Even statements made by purportedly foreign experts and relayed by russia come precisely from the Kremlin’s “pocket” experts or organizations.
  • The prisoners’ statements can neither be confirmed nor denied because they probably give their testimony under the occupiers’ pressure. However, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General citing international experts and the testimony of journalists and investigative analysts, the occupiers most likely blew up the Olenivka colony with thermobaric weapons. The russian terrorist attack appears to have been aimed at hiding the traces of torture of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on August 9

  • russian media outlets posted information about the former U.S. ambassador to russia, Michael McFaul. He reportedly said that many American scientists supported the words of russian president vladimir putin about the historical unity of russia and Ukraine. He allegedly said it during a conversation with the Ukrayinska Pravda publication on July 14.
  • russian media disseminated information that Egypt permanently terminated the contract for supplying Ukrainian grain because it found Ukraine would not be able to fulfill it due to the small amount of grain in storage. The decision was reportedly made after russia’s foreign ministry head Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Egypt.
  • On July 31, information spread online about the Serbian army receiving chevrons with the words “Crimea is Russia, Alaska is Russia. Everything is Russia, except for Kosovo. Kosovo is Serbia” and russia’s coat of arms in connection with the escalation between Serbia and Kosovo.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In an interview for the NAZK project “UKRAINE NOW. Vision for the Future,” Michael McFaul said many in the US supported putin’s statements about the unity of Ukrainians and russians. A text version of the interview is available on the Ukrayinska Pravda website. McFaul pointed out that even scientists and professors were thinking about it. In the US, “there’s a lot of people that share some of Putin’s statements about Ukraine: ‘Russians, Ukrainians they’re all the same, aren’t they? Their languages are basically the same, right? Didn’t Russia start in Kyivan Rus?’ There are lots of people, even scholars and professors in my country, who think along those terms..” Michael McFaul described a problem currently existing in American society. He did not say many scientists supported putin’s allegations. He only said there were those among scientists who shared ideas about the common history and language of Ukrainians and russians. McFaul pointed out that we need to conclude from this war that myths about Ukraine’s history need to finally be dispelled, primarily with the help of Ukrainian scientists.
  • The previous contract was terminated because Ukraine could not supply grain to Egypt and fulfill the contractual terms on time due to russia blocking the ports. The contract was signed before the russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry explained that Egypt would conclude a new contract with Ukraine for grain supply. Mykhailo Nepran, the first vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine, announced this on Hromadske radio. Mykhailo Nepran cited Ukraine’s Ambassador to Egypt, Mykola Nahornyi as saying that Egypt officially assured us it would not refuse cooperation with Ukraine under any circumstances and would be ready to work with Ukraine in future grain procurement. Ukraine has sufficient grain reserves for our own consumption and foreign markets. By 2022, 75% of Ukrainian grain production was exported. Ukraine and russia are critical suppliers of wheat in Egypt and, accordingly, competitors, so it is beneficial for russia to spread information about Ukraine being an unsuccessful trading partner.
  • The photo became popular and stirred discussions in 2015 on Reddit with the caption “‎A Serbian twit: Crimea is Russia, Alaska is Russia. Everything belongs to Russia, except Kosovo. Kosovo is Serbia” (“‎Крим је Русија, Аљаска је Русија. Све је Русија, осим Косова. Косово је Србија‎”). Twitter users shared this phrase in 2017 and 2021. According to the author, media outlets reported handing out similar chevrons in Serbia. However, we did not find any mention of this in the media.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on August 8

  • The Ukrainian Armed Forces have been shelling the Zaporizhzhia NPP to demand more weapons from the West. With these shellings, the army is putting pressure on Ukrainians to leave the temporarily occupied regions, thus disrupting the referendums.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky releases prisoners that committed grave crimes to cover up the “holes” at the front lines.
  • Only 30% to 40% of weapons from Western partners reach the front lines, as stated in a CBS News story.
  • Amnesty International’s conclusion regarding the Armed Forces’ positions and deploying military equipment in residential areas only confirms the need to demilitarize Ukraine. At the same time, it means the US is preparing to conclude a peace agreement with russia on the so-called “Ukrainian case.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia carries out nuclear terrorism, not the Armed Forces. Frequent shelling of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by russian troops using multiple rocket launchers over the past few days caused a severe risk to the plant’s safe operation. As a result of the russian troops’ strikes, emergency protection was activated on a power unit, with one of the three working power units getting disconnected. The shelling caused serious damage to the nitrogen-oxygen station and the combined auxiliary building. There are still risks of hydrogen leakages and sputtering radioactive substances, and the high fire danger. Three radiation monitoring sensors were also damaged. The station’s Ukrainian staff continues to do their best to ensure nuclear and radiation safety and eliminate the consequences of damage.
  • There are no grounds or evidence to believe the president released prisoners who had committed grave crimes to compensate the Ukrainian army’s losses. russia has been spreading horror stories among the Ukrainian population about criminals released from prisons to man the military since at least 2014. A new fake news wave in russian media and propaganda outlets arose after it became known that PMC Wagner had already recruited over a thousand prisoners from at least 17 russian colonies to send them to war against Ukraine.
  • The CBS News story actually claimed that only 30%-40% of military aid from partners made it to the front lines. However, the story did not explicitly say the rest ended up on the black market, as reported by CBS News on Twitter after a flurry of criticism over their documentary. At least from April, russia has been spreading the narrative about weapons provided by Western countries ending up in black markets. However, russian disinformation never provides any evidence or arguments for this; therefore, such statements are baseless. Instead, Ukraine’s Western partners have already testified that claims of arms smuggling are part of the russian propaganda machine.
  • On August 4, the international human rights organization Amnesty International published a report stating the Ukrainian military endangered the civilian population by setting up bases in residential areas. The Times called Amnesty International’s report putin’s propaganda. According to British journalists, the report’s authors “criticize and castigate the victims of russian aggression.” “The once respected humanitarian organization Amnesty International now shows a pathetic indifference to oppression. After showing her softness towards crime and fascism, she should have the decency to leave the scene,” the publication’s representatives noted. The problem with Amnesty International’s conclusion is that Ukraine is the victim of russian aggression, defending itself in this war. Instead, the international organization likened Ukraine (the victim) to russia (the aggressor). It unjustly blamed Ukraine’s Armed Forces, giving russian propaganda one more reason to justify the so-called “special operation of demilitarizing Ukraine.” Saying the Amnesty International report means that the US is preparing to conclude a peace agreement with russia is nothing more than a conspiracy theory.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 5

  • Western information corporations continue to eliminate pro-russian content and delete pro-russian bloggers.
  • Ukraine is on the brink of a food disaster, but the Kyiv authorities continue to sell products abroad. Some of them return to the country under humanitarian programs.
  • Ukrainian female refugees are kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery in Europe. That’s about  “European dignity” and “hospitality.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • Social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube do not allow hate speech, limiting the spread of disinformation on their media. russian propaganda exclusively spreads disinformation not only in russia and Ukraine but also in most countries of the world. Not only online media or T.V. channels can be the Kremlin’s mouthpieces but also bloggers controlled by the russian government. That is why the world restricts the channels distributing russian propaganda, preventing hostile disinformation from influencing the population.
  • There is no objective or actual confirmation of this. Ukraine only exports surplus products and those the domestic market is fully saturated with, e.g., grain crops. Exports will bring in an influx of foreign currency to the country to support our economy, allowing agricultural companies to operate and provide jobs and wages. It is better than losing the available grain due to lack of domestic demand and leaving people without work and wages, don’t you agree? Besides, russia continues to shell Ukrainian fields, grain warehouses, and logistics routes to starve Ukrainians and terrorize the entire world with hunger.
  • On July 30, the world celebrated World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Coincidentally, on this day, media outlets and public organizations discussed how not to become a victim of human trafficking abroad. However, russia picked up this information and twisted it to make it look as if they only wanted to harm Ukrainian women in Europe.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 4

  • The russian army destroyed one HIMARS and damaged another. According to another version, six such systems have already been destroyed.
  • By striking Olenivka, Ukraine wanted to eliminate the Azov fighters, who witnessed Ukraine’s war crimes and could testify against Ukraine.
  • The forced evacuation from the Donetsk region is a PR campaign by the authorities.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The Pentagon had already denied russia’s claims that russian troops destroyed six HIMARS in Ukraine, as reported by Pentagon’s acting spokesperson Todd Breasseale. According to him, the Ukrainian military is employing each of the HIMARS missile launchers, which “the US, our Allies, and partners have provided them to defend against russia’s brutal, criminal invasion” with devastating accuracy and effectiveness.
  • Ukraine did not bombard Olenivka. Currently, there are grounds for claiming that the explosion at the Olenivka colony was staged by russia to cover up its own crimes of abusing prisoners as well as to accuse Ukraine of destroying witnesses to Ukraine’s alleged war crimes. russia does not allow international organizations and Ukrainian investigators into Olenivka and instead tries to hide all evidence of the staged strike.
  • The evacuation from the Donetsk region is not forced but mandatory. If residents of the Donetsk region want to leave, they need to call the administration or write to a chatbot. The administration will then transport them to an evacuation site to take them to another region. After that, people will be issued IDP certificates, provided first aid, and financially assisted. Ukrposhta is ready to pay out the money earmarked in the budget. Those unwilling to evacuate can submit their refusal in writing on their own responsibility.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on August 3

  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany passes the latest weapons to Ukraine, which are not even in service with the German army yet. This means Ukraine is merely a testing ground for Western weapons.
  • Ukrainian “Nazis” planted mines on bridges across the Vovcha River in the Dnipropetrovsk region while prepping to stage a provocation.
  • Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is Ukrainian authorities’ attempt to divert Ukrainians’ attention away from problems on the front lines and personnel changes in the country.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In an interview with the Canadian publication The Globe and Mail, Olaf Scholz said that initially, Ukraine received anti-tank systems, mines, guns, ammunition, and non-lethal aid from Germany. Later, Germany began passing heavy armaments to Ukraine: MLRS, self-propelled howitzers, and anti-aircraft systems. Here, Scholz emphasized that some (only some!) weapons were so new that only very few had been produced, with some yet to be introduced in the Bundeswehr. However, it does not mean the systems underwent no testing except now in Ukraine. On the contrary, such actions mean that supporting Ukraine is a priority for our Western partners. After all, Ukraine has been deterring the enemy from attacking all of Europe.
  • When russian media outlets say that Ukraine plans some sort of provocation, it usually means that the same should be expected from the russian military. For instance, russia announced the shelling of bridges back in April. It makes no sense for the Armed Forces to destroy Ukrainian bridges. Even when striking the Antonivska Road Bridge in Kherson, the OC South clarified that Ukraine’s Armed Forces value everything in Ukraine, even when it is under occupation. Even then, Ukrainian artillery strikes mainly aim to demoralize the troops.
  • Ukrainian authorities could not in any way influence the visit of Nancy Pelosi, a congresswoman and the speaker of the House of Representatives. Therefore, Ukrainian authorities could not have planned on diverting Ukrainians’ attention away from certain events or decisions in connection to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Such statements are nothing but conspiracy theories based on a mere coincidence (not a connection) of events in time.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on August 2

  • russia did not forbid Red Cross representatives from gaining access to the Olenivka colony, where captive  Azov members were held.
  • Ukraine bombarded Olenivka to exert influence on the Ukrainian Armed Forces members, so they would not have a desire to surrender.
  • Ukrainian authorities are prolonging the war by refusing to make concessions to russia: in Istanbul, Zelensky was offered to liberate the South and stop hostilities in exchange for Donbas joining the russian federation, but he declined. Reportedly, russia is now waging a more brutal war because of it.
  • The Armed Forces are threatening the population of “liberated” Donbas by planting landmines in the “liberated” cities.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said their representatives were not allowed to visit the prisoners of war kept in the colony in occupied Olenivka. According to the Prosecutor General, the cause of the explosion in Olenivka was not rocket fire (as russia is trying to prove) but thermobaric weapons.
  • The Olenivka tragedy is russia’s deliberate killing of prisoners of war to hide the consequences of their torture and abuse. Moreover, such treatment of captives directly violates the Geneva Conventions.
  • russia is violating the grain export agreement concluded in Istanbul. The day after the agreement’s signing, russia shelled the Odesa port, particularly the grain storage area. russia is provoking famine in Ukraine and worldwide, trying to shift the blame for this onto Ukraine.
  • The Armed Forces are not threatening the peaceful population of Donbas or any other city. On the contrary, due to the risk of escalation of hostilities, Ukraine has already begun mandatory evacuations of civilians from the Donetsk region to save the lives of as many people as possible.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on August 1

  • russian media outlets and social network users spread information about Germany’s alleged participation in developing biological weapons in Ukraine, as announced by the chief of russian radiation, chemical, and biological protection force, Igor Kirillov. According to him, biological weapons testing projects in Ukraine “were implemented in the interest of Bundeswehr’s Central Medical and Sanitary Service. Bundeswehr specialists reportedly paid particular attention to the causative agent of Crimean Congo fever.
  • russian mass media are propagating a conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s wheat fields being burned not by the russian military but by “globalists-neocons,” carrying out their plans to cause global hunger.
  • Famine is reportedly planned for next year, “immediately after another pandemic in the fall.” “Global hunger” is part of the globalists’ satanic agenda of correcting man as the work of the Creator,” russian mass media wrote. A UN article titled “The benefits of world hunger” was cited as evidence.
  • Ukraine was allegedly going to get nuclear weapons. Arguments were cited that Ukraine already has a scientific base for creating nuclear weapons and even the launch vehicles for nuclear weapons, namely “Zenith” and “Dnipro.”
  • People will soon not be able to go outside their own homes. Even now, it is impossible to leave the borders of a district, city, or village without enlistment offices’ permission.
  • Experiments are reportedly being carried out in Ukraine to restrict freedom of movement, similar to the recent lockdown in China and the ban on watering gardens in Italy. Experiments are being conducted to eventually turn the world into a concentration camp in which there will be no money in circulation.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russian officials are not the first to spread fake news about the German biosecurity program. On March 10, Igor Kirillov said that hundreds of blood serum samples of “exclusively Slavic ethnicity” were passed by Ukraine to the German Bernhard Nocht Institute For Tropical Medicine. The German biosafety program was mentioned on the slides of the presentation. The German Foreign Ministry called russia’s allegations baseless and absurd. Andrea Sasse, the spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry, said at a briefing on March 11: I can say for one that a meeting of the United Nations Security Council is to take place this afternoon at Russia’s request, and that Russia has announced it will raise the allegations there. At this point, I would like to address the allegations: they are absolutely baseless and, from the Federal Government’s point of view, completely absurd. In particular, the statement about German institutes researching bioweapons in Ukraine expressly does not correspond to the facts.”  In late March, russia’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, said Germany had “military biological programs” in Ukraine. According to him, the Bundeswehr financed them. He must have meant the German Biosecurity Program. This biosecurity program was launched in 2013 by Germany’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The program’s website says it aims to support partner countries in Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe in controlling bio-risks: from the misuse of pathogens and toxins to outbreaks of pandemics.
  • Fires on Ukrainian fields result from the russian military’s deliberate shelling and arson. They specifically use incendiary projectiles to cause fires. According to Forbes estimates, about 350,000 hectares of fields have already been burned in the war zone. In particular, 31 field fires from russian shells were reported in the Donetsk region during this period, destroying 597 hectares of wheat. Last year, losses from field fires amounted to only 6 hectares, with no fires reported as of July 9, 2021. In addition to the Donetsk region, the occupation troops have been bombarding fields in the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Luhansk regions. According to police data, large-scale fires break out in the Kherson region daily, with hundreds of hectares of wheat, barley, and other grain crops burned, and field protection strips and forests burning. On July 7, the russian troops’ strikes in the Zaporizhzhia region led to the burning of local fields and the fields in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk region. As a result, about 20 hectares of wheat burned down.
  • The article, titled “The benefits of world hunger” and published in a UN magazine back in 2008, was intended as satire. The author reflected on factors causing and maintaining hunger around the globe. The UN is fighting world hunger, not calling for it.
  • Ukraine ultimately gave up nuclear weapons in 1996, with no further plans to restore its nuclear arsenal. The rockets of the Zenit family and the Dnipro rocket, developed at the Southern Machine Building Plant, are used to get economic and scientific space vehicles into orbit. Currently, the Southern Machine Building Plant is not engaged in developing technologies that could be used in the nuclear program.
  • The Ukrainian legislation still has provisions prohibiting draftees, those eligible for military service, and reservists from leaving their place of residence/stay during martial law (On military duty and military service, 1992, and On the legal regime of martial law, 2015) or move somewhere without obtaining permission (On mobilization training and mobilization, 1993). That is, it only applies to specific categories of citizens, not all of them. Based on these provisions, on July 5, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff published a new procedure for issuing permits for travel outside the boundaries of one’s place of residence (stay) during martial law. However, the shortcomings of the prescribed mechanism for obtaining permits and inaccurate terms provoked an angry reaction from society. The order was canceled already on July 6. Currently, a parliamentary committee is considering a bill to exclude the above-mentioned provisions from the laws. Therefore, as of July 2022, the provisions are not in effect since the laws contain no precise mechanism for their implementation.
  • Any statements regarding the impossibility of leaving one’s house without permission and conducting experiments to turn the world into a concentration camp are unfounded. A strict lockdown was introduced in the spring of 2022 in some Chinese cities due to a sharp jump in Covid-19 incidence rates. On April 14, the country saw the most coronavirus cases since the pandemic’s onset (over 20,000 daily). Water restrictions in Italy are caused by the worst drought in 70 years in the southern region of Europe. Because of the drought, 30% of the country’s agricultural land is threatened. Italy’s Sesia river has almost dried up, with the Dora Baltea and Po rivers carrying only one-eighth of their usual volume of water.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on July 29

  • Information spread online about the Cabinet of Ministers resuming paying UAH 6,500 to Ukrainians: “It’s official! The NBU named the reasons why UAH 6,500 were NOT paid to those left without work because of the war or those who’d paid taxes for the 4th quarter. PrivatBank, OshchadBank, Monobank, and others will pay out the money. Follow the link to find out how to submit an application and when to expect payment.”
  • russian media outlets spread information about the European Parliament doubting Ukraine’s ability to pay off the loan debts. The piece cited a statement by French MEP Thierry Mariani for russian RT.
  • russian media outlets spread information about Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro suggesting a solution to the russo-Ukrainian war, namely the surrender of Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The UAH 6,500  cash assistance under the eSupport program began to be paid out on March 8, 2022. Salaried employees for whom their employers paid the single social contribution and individual entrepreneurs of all groups were eligible to receive the aid. Residents of the areas of active hostilities at the time the program was adopted (the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zhytomyr, Odesa, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kyiv regions, and the city of Kyiv) could also receive payment. On March 31, 2022, the provision of the service was stopped. One could apply for assistance of UAH 6,500 under the eSupport program up until this date. The Cabinet of Ministers did not announce a continuation of monetary aid.
  • The statement regarding Ukraine’s inability is Thierry Mariani’s personal position. The European Parliament’s website contains no official information about Ukraine’s ability to repay loans, while Mariani does not express the position of the entire European Parliament. Thierry Mariani is a French MEP from the far-right National Rally and the Kremlin’s ardent supporter. Propaganda outlets cited Mariani referring to russian TV channel Russia Today  (RT). In 2017, RT opened an office in Paris, where the MEP joined as an “ethics committee” member.
  • This statement is baseless: the Brazilian president did not present his vision for ending the war but only said he had an opinion. During a visit to the state of Maranhão on July 14, Jair Bolsonaro said he knew how the russian-Ukrainian war could be resolved. The president emphasized he would share his vision only with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky: “I’ll tell him my opinion, what I think. The solution to this. I know how it could be resolved. But I won’t tell anyone.” Brazil’s president hinted the proposed solution would be similar to what ended the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982 (the conflict over the Falkland Islands). “The solution to this case would be like how Argentina’s war with the UK ended in 1982.” Brazil’s president did not provide further details to clarify.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on July 28

  • According to russian media outlets, The New York Times (NYT) pointed out the failure of anti-russian sanctions, saying, “The West’s attempts to choke russian oil exports are hitting back like a boomerang.”
  • Since July 27, 2022, information has been spread online about there being “no problemselling to russia a license for producing the Bayraktar TB2 combat UAV. It is claimed that production of the first drones at the aircraft factory in Ulyanovsk could begin as early as September, but Ankara wants to receive part of the payment in the form of ready-made drones.
  • russian media outlets spread information about Hillary Clinton calling on the US to pass some of its nuclear weapons to Ukraine to end the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The NYT did indeed publish an article titled “Western Move to Choke Russia’s Oil Exports Boomerangs, for Now.”  It said that when the US and the EU moved to curtail purchases of russian fossil fuels, they hoped it would help make the russian invasion of Ukraine so economically painful for moscow that putin would be forced to abandon it. “That prospect now seems remote at best,” wrote the NYT. The NYT did not write about the ultimate failure of sanctions against russia. Moreover, the publication said the European oil embargo has yet to take effect. Some say the long-term impact of russia’s economic ostracism over the war remains a powerful determiner of the country’s fate. “Those effects extend far beyond the trade in fossil fuels, hobbling Russian banking and other industries, but it is largely the sale of oil and gas that keeps the government — and its military — afloat,” the article said.
  • The news was published on the satirical portal Panorama with a disclaimer: “All texts on this website are grotesque parodies of reality and are not real news.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a Justice and Development Party meeting that putin offered cooperation with Baykar, the manufacturer of the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs. Any agreements regarding the cooperation and assembly of the first drones at the Ulyanovsk aircraft factory and product payment details were not discussed. Turkey’s Baykar Makina’s CEO, Haluk Bayraktar, declared he would not cooperate with russia. He also assured Ukraine of his support for its sovereignty in the fight for independence.
  • We found no such statements by Hillary Clinton on any of her official pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. No publications mentioned such appeals on Clinton’s official website. Media outlets with high-level, factual presentation of information also did not report such statements as made by Clinton during her interviews or speeches. Online search did not yield any results either. After russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Hillary Clinton called for imposing tougher financial sanctions against russia and putin and for preventing russia from participating in the G20 summit. She also said russia should be defeated and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s territory. Clinton never mentioned passing nuclear weapons to Ukraine in any of her speeches.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on July 27

  • russian media outlets spread fake news about the Ukrainian military setting up barracks inside the ZAZ plant’s palace of culture, citing Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of russia’s National Defense Management Center.
  • Social networks spread information about the Sachsenhausen Memorial allegedly offering shelter to Ukrainian refugees on the territory of a former concentration camp. The posts also shared a photo with a blue and yellow inscription “Welcome to Germany.”
  • russian media outlets spread reports about an HGU-56/P ABH helmet (used by NATO countries) allegedly discovered at the site of the downed Mi-8 in Ukraine. They claim the helicopter’s pilot was a NATO pilot or a mercenary from a member state of the Alliance.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Since the middle of June, the Right Here open support space has been operating in the ZAZ Palace of Culture. The organization assists Melitopol residents forced to evacuate due to russia’s aggression. Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov denied fake news about the barracks. He emphasized that it is a relief center: “Ruscists say Nazis are gathering in this building, and weapons and ammunition are being stored here. That’s not true because the center provides humanitarian aid.”
  • Sachsenhausen Memorial representatives did not make such statements, and the original photo did not contain a blue and yellow strip saying, “Welcome home.” A reverse image search on Google returned the original picture on the Vive Berlin Tours travel website from October 13, 2019. The photo shows buildings on the territory of the former German concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. We also used the FotoForensics program for verification. Error level analysis (ELE) determined a different degree of pixel compression of individual elements and the photo as a whole. It may indicate that the image has been edited in the highlighted areas. Also, on July 12, Sachsenhausen Memorial said on its official pages on social networks (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) that it did not publish such information. The Memorial commented on the fake publications as follows: “We condemn the increasing use of fake news with references to Nazi history to carry out crude propaganda. We counter this with scientifically based historical education.”
  • This is fake: NATO troops are not taking part in hostilities in Ukraine. AFU members took a photo of the helmet for an American company. A Google image reverse search returned the helmet photo posted on Instagram by Gentex Corp, a US manufacturer of flight equipment. The company said the picture of the helmet was provided by Ukraine’s Armed Forces as a thank you for the helmets that saved the pilots’ lives. Two crew members of the helicopter shot down in March survived. NATO troops are not participating in the war on Ukraine’s territory. NATO helps its allies provide humanitarian and non-lethal aid to Ukraine. Individual NATO member states supply Kyiv with weapons, ammunition, and various types of light and heavy military equipment. In addition, the members states are helping Ukraine financially. The US passed protective helmets to Ukraine long before 2022. Ukraine adopted HGU-56/P RWH helmets manufactured by Gentex Corp as early as 2020, and in 2021, the Armed Forces purchased about 70 sets of protective helmets. The HGU-68/P helmets of this US manufacturer were supplied to Ukraine back in 2015.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on July 26

  • russia attacked buildings where Ukrainian army soldiers lived in Zatoka, Odesa. According to another version, it was an ammunition depot of Ukraine’s Armed Forces in Zatoka.
  • Despite the signed agreement for exporting Ukrainian grain, russia still has the right to continue the so-called “special operation” and, therefore – to attack military infrastructure facilities. The russian strikes on Odesa and Zatoka are entirely legitimate military targets.
  • The SBU is planning a chemical provocation against the civilian population of Sloviansk.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no reason to believe that Zatoka, attacked by russian missiles, was home to soldiers of Ukraine’s Armed Forces or had an ammunition depot. On the morning of July 25, russia launched a missile attack on residential buildings and the Zatoka recreation area in the Odesa region.
  • russia constantly justifies missile strikes on civilian infrastructure with so-called military targets. That is how russia justified the attack on the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk, the Officers’ House in Vinnytsia, and the Odesa port’s grain storage, continuing to use the same line of reasoning concerning Zatoka in Odesa. In reality, russia has been terrorizing Ukrainian population, trying to destroy military and civilian infrastructure. The attacks on ports and grain warehouses testify to the fact that russia is trying to create famine and a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and worldwide.
  • Ukraine’s Security Service, other law enforcement agencies, and Ukraine’s army do not plan or conduct provocations involving chemical weapons. However, the use of chemical weapons – both to poison opponents and carry out mass attacks – is precisely the tactic of the russian army.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on July 25

  • Bombarding Odesa’s port: according to one of the versions, the shelling was carried out by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, having bought Kalibr missiles from russia in exchange for the Caesar self-propelled howitzers.
  • According to another version, the Odesa port was shelled by russia, aiming at a Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with US Harpoon missiles. This version came from the defense ministry only two days after russia’s strike.
  • The devaluation of the hryvnia, inflation, and fuel shortages all result from the policies pursued by the “Kyiv regime,” unwilling to negotiate peace but rather inclined to prolong the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On July 23, the russian military struck the Odesa sea trade port with Kalibr cruise missiles. There was grain in the port for export. The shelling took place the day after Ukraine, Turkey, and the UN signed an agreement in Istanbul about unblocking ports and exporting Ukrainian grain. In the same version of shelling the port, russian propaganda outlets used a mix of several fake news pieces at once: re-selling weapons on the black market and staged shelling. None of these narratives are true. First, Ukraine does not re-sell the weapons to russia in exchange for russian missiles or arms. Second, russia once again targeted Ukrainian grain to provoke a food crisis globally, continuing to blame Ukraine for it.
  • In the version that came up two days after the terrorist attack, russia admitted to shelling despite its earlier attempts to convince the public through various channels and methods that this was another provocation organized by Ukraine. However, russia’s defense ministry still lied: the attack was carried out on Ukrainian grain, not military infrastructure.
  • Ukraine’s falling economy, the devaluation of the hryvnia, and the rise in prices directly result from russia’s waging war against Ukraine, occupying Ukrainian territories, and destroying Ukrainian enterprises, schools, hospitals, etc. russia is solely to blame for what is happening in Ukraine’s economy. An armistice would not solve Ukraine’s economic problems because, in russia’s eyes, peace is when Ukraine falls into russia’s control, recognizing the occupied territories as part of russia, to eventually end up in Ukraine’s complete occupation. By the way, bombarding Odesa’s port immediately after the signing of the grain export agreement shows that any deals with russia are worth zilch.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on July 22

  • In the temporarily occupied territories, the cost of housing and utilities is several times lower than in the Ukrainian government-controlled parts. Ukrainian authorities are constantly increasing the housing and utilities prices, while russian authorities care for the population of their territories.
  • Ukrainian drones keep striking on the Zaporizhzhia NPP in Enerhodar.
  • The russian Prosecutor’s Office revived the fake news story about the Mariupol Drama Theater, saying the theater was allegedly blown up from the inside by the “Nazis.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia has been such statements to convince Ukrainians that living under occupation is better than living in Ukraine: reportedly, housing prices are lower, and overall, the government cares more about people. In reality, the russians have been torturing and killing Ukrainians in the occupied territories, deporting them to russia’s disadvantaged regions, establishing a military dictatorship and terror, prohibiting studying the Ukrainian language, literature, and history, and even communication in Ukrainian. The prices for food, household goods, and medicine in the occupied territories are many times higher than in the government-controlled areas, with some essential goods being in short supply. Therefore, low housing and utility prices are nothing but bait for Ukrainians and an attempt to once again undermine Ukrainians’ trust in the authorities.
  • The real danger for the NPP comes from the russians occupying the station. The russian military brought at least 14 units of heavy military equipment with ammunition, weapons, and explosives to the engine room of the ZNNP’s first power unit. The entire heavy equipment arsenal and all the ammunition are currently located very close to the equipment, ensuring the operation of the turbogenerator. Therefore, fire risk has increased manyfold, with extinguishing it becoming extremely problematic. For instance, if a fire occurs because of the ammunition’s accidental detonation, its scale could be like that of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident.
  • There are no grounds to believe that the Mariupol Drama Theater was blown up from the inside by the Ukrainian military. According to various estimates, 300 to 600 people died in the russian attack on the Drama Theater (the exact number of victims cannot be identified while the city is under occupation). The most cynical part is that there was an inscription saying CHILDREN written in huge letters near the theater, which the occupiers, bombing the theater from aircraft, definitely saw before dropping the aerial bomb.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on July 21

  • Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense is not working. Because it reportedly is not working, they want to shift the responsibility for the absence of air defense onto Ukrainians. By adopting the new bill (No.7546), the MPs intend to introduce criminal liability for violating the rules of civil defense under martial law, namely for businesses continuing to operate during air raid alerts.
  • Poland received the right to issue passports to citizens of Ukraine; thus, the levers for governing Ukraine continue to gradually drift to Poland.
  • The British do not accept the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky’s rhetoric and do not support providing financial aid to Kyiv by Boris Johnson’s government. The media cited a comment under a piece in the Daily Mail.

Now the TRUTH:

  • As of July 21, the Armed Forces shot down 188 helicopters, 221 airplanes, 710 UAVs, and 167 cruise missiles. All of them were destroyed by various anti-aircraft systems in service with the Ukrainian army. Of course, air defense does not provide 100% protection, but no system offers complete protection, including modern Western models. The deputies have not yet voted for Bill No.7546, registered on July 11 and submitted to the designated committee for review. MPs did not explain how the proposed regulations should work in practice. However, the very fact of this project’s existence does not mean it will be adopted.
  • Ukraine’s government did indeed adopt Resolution No.678 of June 10, 2022, setting the procedures for an experimental project of issuing foreign passports and ID cards for Ukrainian citizens abroad. On June 30, 2022, the State Migration Service announced the completion of preparatory work for opening an SOE Dokument center in Warsaw, scheduled to start operating in August 2022. Ukrainian citizens abroad can submit questionnaire applications for passport documents issued by four mobile complexes (specially equipped mini-busses). However, allegations about the systematic and consistent handing of Ukraine’s sovereignty over to Warsaw is false. Poland is one of Ukraine’s most consistent and reliable partners.
  • russian media outlets cited a comment of a Daily Mail reader under the article calling on Zelensky to end the war before winter set in. We found this article on the publication’s website. The 615 comments under the piece expressed both positive and negative opinions. Currently, it is not possible to add new comments, and the notes under the article say the readers’ comments are their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the media outlet’s position. Polls show that most Britons support economic sanctions against russia. The international company Ipsos studied the attitudes of the British towards economic restrictions imposed on russia before and after invading Ukraine. Ipsos surveyed 1,023 adults in the UK aged 18 to 75 online and compared it with previously obtained data. It found that support for the government’s economic sanctions had risen to 78%, compared to 61% before the invasion. This shows that the British are positively inclined towards measures to support Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on July 20

  • Roman Ratushnyi is a “neo-Nazi militant” involved in anti-government riots in Hong Kong in 2019.
  • Ukrainian authorities allegedly intend to sell the Crimean peninsula to russia. The proposal to “give” Crimea to russia in exchange for annual payments was reportedly put forward by Anton Herashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, on his official Telegram channel.
  • russian media outlets spread information about two Polish army battalions that reportedly arrived in Ukraine. The posts said Polish infantry members were headed for Pavlograd (Dnipropetrovsk region). According to other publications, the Polish battalions were destroyed on Ukraine’s territory.
  • russian media spread information about Ukraine’s allegedly losing a German self-propelled artillery installation (SAU) PzH-2000 during hostilities. Media outlets referred to the German publication Bild.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Roman Ratushnyi was a Kyiv activist, founder, and leader of the “Let’s Protect Protasiv Yar” initiative. He fought, serving in the reconnaissance of the 93rd Independent Kholodnyi Yar Mechanized Brigade, and died near Izium in the Kharkiv region on June 9, 2022. Ratushnyi supported Ukraine’s Free Hong Kong Center (FHKC). Free Hong Cong Center is an independent information project of the non-profit Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine, aiming to cover political processes in Hong Kong and the Chinese democratic world. Free Hong Cong Center organized campaigns in Ukraine in support of Hong Long’s democratic movement, which Roman Ratushnyi also supported.
  • On June 23, Anton Herashchenko published a post on his Telegram channel in which he briefly talked about his interview with NV. Herashchenko said the Crimean peninsula would definitely be Ukrainian, but “most likely, it’ll be a matter of negotiations and further sanctions pressure.” The politician said: “Let russia pay $500 billion in lost revenues for Crimea every year. Then everyone will choke on this Crimea. And then, sooner or later, the peninsula will return thanks to sanctions pressure. That is, he was saying that because of sanctions, russia would be losing $500 billion annually, and this would force it to de-occupy Crimea.
  • There is no confirmation that Polish regular troops are participating in the war on Ukraine’s territory. In a comment to the Polish media outlet Konkret24, the Polish Army General Staff denied the information about Polish battalions’ participation in the war on Ukraine’s territory: “This is another fake news that is part of russia’s systematic disinformation activities. Sensational messages from the russian internet network […] are propaganda and part of a multi-stream campaign aiming to gain influence in the global information space.” Poles can fight in Ukraine as part of the International Legion within the Armed Forces. Or, put differently, Poles or any military personnel with foreign citizenship are Ukrainian military personnel if they fight in this legion.
  • Among the outlets that published this information were the russian Izvestiya and Argumenty-i-Fakty. In their articles, Izvestiya added a link to Bild’s main page, and Argumenty-i-Fakty cited an article entitled “DAS kann unsere Panzerhaubitze 2000” (“This is what our Panzerhaubitze 2000 can do”) describing the technical capabilities of the system passed to Ukraine. The article does not say that russia captured this howitzer in Ukraine. A search on Bild’s page using the keywords “Haubitze,” “PzH 2000,” and “Panzerhaubitze 2000” did not turn up any pieces saying russians had captured a self-propelled system. No official sources reported about russians seizing a PzH 2000.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 11 a.m. on July 18

  • russian media cited Volodymyr Zelenskyi as allegedly saying Ukraine would strike Transnistria. “Kyiv is ready to strike Transnistria because it receives ‘unpleasant signals’ and ‘threats’ from there,” the publications said.
  • Ukrainian refugees cut a swastika in a field in a German suburb
  • The Ukrainian government planned on deploying NATO bases in Sievierodonetsk and Kupyansk near Kharkiv and southward (Mariupol and Berdiansk).

Now the TRUTH:

  • During a press conference, Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized the primary need to stabilize the situation in Transnistria. He said Ukraine would strike back only if attacked from the Transnistrian side: “Even if there is (an attack from the Transnistrian side – ed.), I believe that‘d be a global mistake. We do receive signals, and they’re unpleasant. But the people in the temporarily occupied territory of Moldova (Transnistria) should know. It won’t be a blow for us but a slap, and we’ll definitely strike back. But I believe that, first of all, we should ensure that there is no destabilization in the region. We’re showing it in every possible way. Later, Zelensky added: “All the instances we can talk about, they’re, of course, fabricated and made up by the russian federation. Therefore, we’ll react accordingly in case of risks.”
  • Flying over Brandenburg in an ultralight two-seater plane with a passenger, journalist Julian Repke noticed an image of a swastika in the local field. The journalist took a picture and later posted it on Twitter, contacting the local police. An investigation is currently underway under Article 86 of the German Criminal Code. Public use of anti-constitutional and terrorist organizations’ symbols, including Nazi symbols, is prohibited by law and punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to three years. According to neighbors, only 36-year-old Stefan B. and his parents can access the field where the swastika was cut out. In addition, one of them said Stefan had hung a Reich flag from the window. Stefan is known to have removed a swastika image from the field under the supervision of the local police.
  • It is prohibited to deploy foreign military bases on Ukraine’s territory according to provisions of Part 7 of Article 17 of the Constitution. Ukraine has strictly adhered to this provision. There are no NATO military bases in Ukraine, and none are planned for construction. A “NATO base” and a “base built according to NATO standards” are two different things. Therefore, according to NATO standards, new military bases in Sievierodonetsk, Mariupol, and Berdiansk were built during 2020-2021. However, NATO has nothing to do with these bases since the Ministry of Defense was responsible for their construction. Applying NATO standards does not mean the Alliance troops will be stationed at these bases in the future. Military cooperation between Ukraine and NATO is limited to helping carry out Ukraine reforms, consultations, exchange of experience between the military, and participation of individual units of Ukraine’s Armed Forces in NATO operations or exercises.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 6 p.m. on July 17

  • Near Pokrovsk (still called Krasnoarmiysk by russia) in the so-called DPR, a HIMARS anti-aircraft missile system and its transport-charger were destroyed.
  • russia struck the Yuzhmash factory in Dnipro because they had begun producing ballistic missiles there, said Dmitry Rogozin, ex-head of Roscosmos.
  • The SBU controls the entire information space, which is why they created a list of allegedly hostile Telegram channels. In reality, these are independent channels not liked by the authorities because they tell the truth.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In reality, HIMARS launchers do not have a “charging machine;” the crew themselves loads the missiles.
  • Ballistic missiles are no longer manufactured at the Yuzhmash plant. Ukraine does not produce nuclear weapons because it is prohibited by our international obligations, which Ukraine clearly adheres to, unlike russia.
  • The SBU does not control Ukraine’s information space: online media outlets independently determine what to write about, what topics to cover, who to interview, etc. Telegram channels on the SBU list (e.g., Legitimny, Resident, Kartel, Nablyudatel, etc.) regularly spread pro-russian narratives. For instance, regarding terrorist attacks in russia, they shift the blame onto the West, reportedly provoking russia, or Ukrainian authorities, reportedly deploying military facilities in the country’s city centers. These channels often spread gossip, rumors, and news from “their anonymous sources” in the authorities, which is totally contrary to any journalistic standards since such information cannot be verified.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on July 15

  • russia does not bomb grain depots. russian troops strike military targets only, particularly weapons depots.
  • A rocket attack on the center of Vinnytsia was also a legitimate military target in russia’s eyes. According to various versions, the attack was carried out on the city because the Ukrainian Air Force was based there, or on the military headquarters and commissariat, or no less than to force Ukraine to negotiate peace.
  • Ukraine is a military training ground where russia and the West are fighting. But peaceful Ukrainians suffer from this.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In reality, russia targeted grain warehouses in Odesa in July and Dnipropetrovsk in May, aiming to provoke famine in Ukraine and globally and to traditionally shift the blame for this onto the country’s leadership. Like, had the grain not been taken out, there would be enough for everyone, or saying that Ukraine organized famine in the world by being reluctant to make concessions to russia. It will be recalled that russia is blocking seaports and grain export routes forcing Ukraine to look for alternative ways of exporting goods. The so-called “weapons depots” allegedly targeted by russia are just a cover for justifying genocide and a new Holodomor.
  • The rocket attack on the center of Vinnytsia is another war crime and an act of russian terrorism. The strike left 23 people dead (including three children) and 80 people hospitalized (including three children) with various serious injuries. One hundred ninety-seven people went to the ER; 117 of them were advised to have outpatient treatment. russia is either silent about these victims altogether or, on the contrary, says they are “legitimate” wartime victims. In reality, there are no military facilities at the site of the strike in Vinnytsia, and the Officers’ House is a concert hall, not an army base.
  • This is none other but shifting the responsibility for the war from russia to the West, which allegedly provoked russia to attack Ukraine. russia justified its invasion by citing various reasons: from imaginary denazification and demilitarization to restoring the historical territory of the russian empire. russian propaganda outlets regularly propagate the idea that Ukraine is not a state, and that Ukrainians are none other but “Little Russians.” And because of this, russia must restore “historical justice.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on July 14

  • Western countries are beginning to understand that weapons should not be passed to Ukraine because they end up on black markets, particularly in Syria or even in russia.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces destroyed warehouses filled with grain and saltpeter in Nova Kakhovka, not a russian ammunition warehouse.
  • russia launched a missile attack on military facilities in Vinnytsia, including the Military Commissariat in the city center. russia’s strike is fully justified by its military goals.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Statements about Ukraine allegedly re-selling Western weapons on black markets come only from russia. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, the National Security Council, and even EU representatives already confirmed that the information about the alleged  “smuggling” of arms received by Ukraine from its Western allies is part of a russian propaganda campaign.
  • The russian army’s ammunition depots were destroyed in Nova Kakhovka. However, to avoid confirming its losses, russia disseminated fake stories about the strike hitting grain depots. Overall, a series of strikes on ammunition depots of the Ruscist forces reduces their offensive effectiveness, increasing the possibility of the Armed Forces’ counter-offensive. russia committed another war crime by attacking the center of Vinnytsia. According to the State Emergency Service and the National Police, the missile hit an office building, damaging residential buildings and a concert hall nearby. A fire broke out in the parking lot. As of 2 p.m., 20 were known to be dead, including three children, and at least 90 people sought medical help.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on July 12

  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces did not destroy ammunition warehouses in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region. According to one version of the event, the AFU blew up a saltpeter depot. According to another version, they shelled the city’s civilian infrastructure: schools, hospitals, kindergartens, and residential buildings.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces fired at facilities near the Zaporizhzhia NPP, showing their readiness for nuclear terrorism.
  • The russian strike on Chasovyi Yar in the Donetsk region was a legitimate military objective. Thanks to this strike, russia destroyed 300 “Ukrainian Nazis.”
  • Ukrainians have begun to protest against exporting grain abroad. The population understands that the authorities are organizing a famine in the winter to get handouts from the West.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The OC South confirmed destroying the occupiers’ ammunition warehouse in Nova Kakhovka. However, russian propaganda outlets began spreading fake stories about Ukrainian shells hitting civilians. Serhii Khlan, an adviser to the head of the Kherson RMA, debunked this fake news: “They’re lying and cannot wrap their minds around their lies. They write our guys hit the hydroelectric power station, then they write it was a hospital and residential buildings, then a russian humanitarian aid center. What amused me most was hitting the saltpeter warehouses that belong to… me. I’ve no idea know what they meant by that. But my sincere congratulations to the guys in the Armed Forces who hit the depots.”
  • Last night, the SBU premises housing the russian military in temporarily occupied Energodar were attacked by drones. The bombs hit the building directly. There is no data on enemy casualties because the occupiers withhold information about the consequences. The Zaporizhzhia NPP currently complies with nuclear, radiation, and environmental safety standards, as reported by Energoatom. However, Energodar and the NPP nearby remain under occupation. The actions of the russian occupiers are what can create threats to Ukraine’s nuclear security.
  • On July 10, the occupiers fired from Uragan multiple rocket launchers at a five-story building in Chasovyi Yar in the Donetsk region. The russian attack on Chasovyi Yar left at least 35 people dead (including one child) and nine injured. This was not a military target but another war crime committed by russia.
  • In reality, only russian and pro-russian sources spread statements about the authorities preparing famine for Ukrainians and Ukrainians allegedly protesting against it. It seems like russia has been trying to scare us with the hunger to shatter Ukrainian society from the inside, using another disinformation piece. There is enough grain in Ukraine for both domestic consumption and export. Nothing indicates that Ukrainians are at risk of starvation because of grain exports. russia’s terrorism (shelling logistics infrastructure, destroying grain depots, and shelling fields) resembles acts of genocide.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on July 11

  • Zelensky ordered to continue exporting grain despite the fire in the fields. Ukrainian authorities are preparing a famine for Ukrainians to make money from it.
  • Armed Forces helicopters are burning wheat fields in the Kherson region using “scorched earth tactics.”
  • Using hostilities as a cover, LGBT propaganda forces same-sex marriages on Ukrainians.
  • Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrii Melnyk, was fired because the West feared the Nazi ideology he’d espoused would spread beyond Ukraine to Europe.
  • Ukrainians use the US HIMARS to shell peaceful cities of the LPR/DPR, killing the civilian population.
  • Society is tired of war and will soon begin to demand that Zelensky get back to the Minsk agreements and their implementation.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Every year, Ukraine grows more grain than is needed for the domestic market. The rest is exported. So far, Ukraine has been able to ship only 5.2 million tons of grain, with 20 million tons for export blocked in the ports.
  • Although Ukraine’s Armed Forces are on the offensive in the South, fighting to liberate the Kherson region, wheat fields are burning because of enemy shelling. Similar fires were reported in the Izium district of the Kharkiv region, where hostilities continue, and in the Zaporizhzhia region.
  • This manipulation emerged because the petition on legalizing same-sex marriages gained 25 thousand signatures for the President to consider. First, the initiative did not come from the authorities but from Ukrainian citizens as a petition. Second, LGBT propaganda does not exist per se since it is impossible to impose the choice of gender. On the contrary, the world struggles with discrimination against LGBT community representatives. One of the elements of countering such discrimination is a mere recognition of same-sex marriages. It will allow same-sex couples to legalize their relationships, adopt children, become guardians, and eventually defend their property rights as spouses in court.
  • For starters, Andrii Melnyk was dismissed by Zelensky, so it is illogical to speak about Europe being afraid of Nazism invented by Ukraine. Second, besides the ambassador to Germany, Zelensky dismissed eight more ambassadors in different countries. Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Oleh Nikolenko, said the dismissal of ambassadors was part of a standard rotation.
  • It makes no sense for the Armed Forces to open fire on the civilian population, especially with limited US munitions stocks. Ukrainian defenders use HIMARS to attack the enemy, doing it extremely effectively.
  • russia did not fulfill most of the provisions of the Minsk agreements, thereby continuing the conflict. It blocked OSCE observers’ access to certain areas and failed to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid based on international mechanisms. russia also could not comply with the security provisions of the Minsk agreements (a ceasefire, the complete withdrawal of the pro-russian militants’ units, and the russian military and weapons from Ukraine’s territory). Europe extended sanctions against russia because of this. Ukraine tried to fulfill the security part of the “Minsk,” to which russia did not adhere. However, the agreements’ political clauses clearly contradicted our country’s.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on July 8

  • The networks quoted the UK Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, as saying on June 23, 2022, that Britain and Turkey were closely cooperating on issues of exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine. Social media users concluded from this that the partners were planning to buy Ukrainian grain at a price below market value, thereby dooming Ukraine to famine.
  • On the morning of June 29, 2022, russian troops destroyed a training base for foreign mercenaries near Mykolaiv. Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of russia’s defense ministry, reported this during a briefing.
  • Ingo Gerhartz, NATO Lieutenant General and Commander-in-Chief of the German Air Force, said NATO was ready to launch a nuclear attack on Ukraine’s territory if necessary. Media outlets cited an article in the German publication Bild.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia is responsible for blocking Ukraine’s sea ports, through which 90% of grain exports were transported before the invasion. russia also mined the waters of the Black and Azov seas. Great Britain and Turkey are interested in lifting the russian blockade of Ukrainian ports and resuming grain exports because solving this problem will prevent or at least alleviate a global food crisis. The food crisis is closely related to the economic crisis, with the latter affecting all countries, particularly Turkey and the UK. For instance, prices of staple foods in the UK have been rising at the fastest rate in 14 years. As for food stocks in Ukraine, grain export by sea will not lead to famine in the country. In May 2022, the Minister of Agrarian Policy said that 20 million tons of grain from last year’s harvest remained in Ukraine, not needed for domestic consumption and intended for export. Due to the sea blockade, this volume cannot be quickly delivered to world markets.
  • At 7 a.m. on June 29, the mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Sienkevych reported on a russian missile hitting a high-rise building. Later, the head of Mykolayiv RMA, Vitalii Kim, published a video of the enemy rocket hitting a house full of civilians. Eight people died as a result of the airstrike. Sienkovych also said that a rocket hit a garage cooperative during the morning shelling. A recreation center, the port, and industrial infrastructure also came under fire. No official bodies or reliable media outlets reported hitting military facilities.
  • The Bild article cited Ingo Gerhartz as saying that, if necessary, NATO countries should be ready to use nuclear weapons in response. That is, if russia uses such weapons first. The article citing Gerhartz’s speech does not mention Ukraine or its territory. The NATO general did not talk about a nuclear attack on Ukraine’s territory carried out by the Alliance.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on July 7

  • Biden has been trying to loudly accuse the russian president of the Ukrainian war in an attempt to save his rating. However, as vice president, Biden held the “Ukrainian portfolio” in his hands, leading the illegal coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014 that overthrew the democratically elected president Viktor Yanukovych.
  • A group of Ukrainian servicemen sold French CAESAR self-propelled artillery systems to russia for $120,000 apiece, with the actual cost of one howitzer being about $7 million. The Bulgarian Military publication cited its sources in the French Armed Forces command and Interpol.
  • Lavrov: The West must realize that it bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians, primarily in Donbas and other parts of Ukraine, where the Kyiv regime has been using weapons against the civilian population as a means of intimidation. This is state terror.

Now the TRUTH:

  • US President Joe Biden and the United States as a whole were not the organizers of the so-called “coup d’état” in 2014. That’s what russia calls the Revolution of Dignity when Ukrainians protested against the pro-russian president Yanukovych’s refusal to join the European Union. Ukrainians voluntarily protested in 2014, with no external forces involved. Instead, russia refers to similar protests in Ukraine and other countries (e.g., protests in Kazakhstan earlier this year and protests in Belarus after Lukashenka’s election) as “color revolutions” led by Western curators. This is how russia usually tries to explain the countries’ utterly logical dissatisfaction with the pro-russian regimes, shifting the “organization” of protests from civil society to imaginary external forces.
  • The article in Bulgarian Military cited lawyer Régis de Castelnau. However, on June 20, he wrote on Twitter that russia “seized [not bought! – ed.] French howitzers whole and intact.” On June 24, the French media reported that the French general staff called R. de Castelnau’s information “unlikely and implausible” because “there is no evidence to support it.” Yet on July 5, the Bulgarian Military website cited R. de Castelnau and “unidentified French sources” to conclude that the howitzers had actually been sold.
  • Ukraine does not use its own weapons or weapons obtained from foreign partners to intimidate the civilian population. Weapons and munitions are available in Ukraine in limited quantities, so it would be at least illogical to use them against Ukrainians and not against the enemy. In addition, russia has been terrorizing Ukrainians. For instance, it launched rocket attacks on shopping centers in the middle of the day with the most people there or on recreation bases at night when the customers were sleeping peacefully.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on July 6

  • russian media outlets circulated the russian defense ministry’s statement that Ukrainian military members from the Kraken battalion were allegedly going to blow up the Kharkiv Children’s Hospital to accuse the russian troops of striking a civilian object. The special forces unit Kraken and Territorial Defense members reportedly brought medical personnel and sick children from other hospitals in the city under threat of shooting them.
  • russian media outlets spread the narrative about Turkish Bayraktar drones not being effective in the war against russian troops. According to the posts, Turkish UAVs are an easy target being used by Ukrainian forces outside of their intended purpose and unfit for combat. “Everyone had been shouting about super cool Bayraktars, but no magic happened in Ukraine,” the authors said.
  • russian media outlets spread a statement by quisling Kirill Stremousov’s (the so-called “deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region,” a.k.a. the russian occupation authorities). He said the European Union was discussing the possibility of deporting Ukrainian men to be forcibly mobilized in Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • According to russia’s defense ministry, mines were planted inside the building to prepare it for an explosion when “russian artillery begins to strike the military infrastructure of Kharkiv.” That is how the disinformers revealed their motives for throwing in this information – to cover up for the russian army, specifically bombarding civil infrastructure in Ukraine. Propaganda outlets’ fake news of the Ukrainian military seizing hospitals and other facilities is usually a direct announcement of future shelling. The scale of the threat can be estimated from one quote from the russian media: “Ukrainian military and Nazi units are well-known for using schools, kindergartens, and hospitals as a screen during russia’s liberation of Mariupol.” The russians completely ruined the city of 400,000, destroying 95% of all buildings. They keep hiding behind false stories about “nationalists” in every building.
  • According to Defense Express, Turkish Bayraktar drones are pretty affordable ($2-6 million), effective, and, therefore, can compete with their counterparts that cost over $100 million. Drones can be deployed in areas of least aerial threat because they do not need long runways for takeoffs and landings. In addition, drone control stations can be changed directly in the air. The ability to stay in flight for a long time to track targets is the drones’ significant advantage, providing an opportunity to carry out reconnaissance to spot enemy targets effectively. The optoelectronic head makes it possible to accurately determine the location of the occupiers’ targets for artillery fire. russian agencies and media outlets fail to provide any convincing evidence that Bayraktars are shot down en masse.” russian media outlets came up with many other examples of Bayraktar drones reportedly being destroyed in Ukraine. However, they used the same photos in their news pieces for different dates or geographical locations.
  • Stremousov, the quisling, spoke about the “deportation of refugees” in an interview with the Ukraine.ru publication that is part of “Russia Today,” a state media group entirely subordinated to russia’s authorities. Ukraine.ru spread fake russian propaganda for years: the EUvsDisinfo project lists 210 such cases (the list is not exhaustive). Kyrylo Stremousov had tried unsuccessfully to organize separatist pro-russian movements in the Kherson region since 2013. Regarding the “deportation of refugees,” Stremousov did not cite the EU decision or source commenting on this decision. On the other hand, not a single official representative of the European Union ever made such statements. The Ukrainian authorities did not request to deport their citizens from EU countries. Besides, potential deportation contradicts the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees. Article 32 of the Convention stipulates that contracting states should not expel a refugee lawfully in their territory save on national security or public order grounds. However, this can only happen in pursuance of a decision reached under due process of law. Article 33 expressly prohibits the forced return of refugees to the countries from which they came and where they are at risk (unless socially dangerous or convicted of a severe crime).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on July 5

  • The Armed Forces use the population of Southern and Eastern Ukraine as a human shield
  • The AFU destroyed cultural centers and educational institutions in Lysychansk. Civilian buildings were used as a base for storing weapons and fortifying positions.
  • The Economic Times predicts the future development of Ukraine’s situation, and the conclusions are disappointing for Kyiv. NATO-standard weapons supplies cannot save Ukraine from military defeat. The Armed Forces have every chance to repeat the fate of the security forces in Afghanistan, which received a lot of money and weapons, but the latter went to the enemy, and the funds simply disappeared. There are fewer and fewer active duty personnel in the Ukrainian army, and those mobilized practically put up no resistance to the russian military. Morale in the Armed Forces has declined to a critical point. All this increases the chances of putin’s army’s new victories in Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly organized evacuations and corridors to flee combat zones. Moreover, the Armed Forces do not use Ukrainians as a human shield because of the Ukrainian military’s goal of protecting Ukraine and Ukrainians, not destroying everything in its path like russia does.
  • It makes no sense for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to destroy Ukrainians’ civilian buildings. Ukrainian schools, churches, cultural facilities, hospitals, and residential buildings are destroyed by russia. Even if the Armed Forces’ shelling did indeed damage the housing or civilian infrastructure, Ukraine had not planned on shelling itself – being forced to fight back against the enemy.
  • First, The Economic Times’ original article was not about the Armed Forces’ low morale or problems with mobilized service members. Second, the Indian publication The Economic Times has poor quality reports and often publishes unverified news, conspiracy theories, or rumors. Therefore, such predictions should hardly be trusted, especially when they contradict estimates published by quality media outlets (particularly foreign ones) reporting on facts.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on July 4

  • On July 3, Ukraine’s Armed Forces shelled high-rise buildings in Belgorod, russia
  • On July 2, the Kyiv Territorial Defense shot a curfew violator in the leg for no reason, which points to armed lawlessness increasing in Ukraine.
  • Nazis from the “Ze-team” plan to make Russophobia part of the school curriculum.
  • Mass mobilization of women is underway: on July 2, a female resident of Voznesensk in the Mykolaiv region received a summons.

Now the TRUTH:

  • From the photos disseminated in local chats in Belgorod, it can be seen that the house was hit by a missile from the russian Pantsir anti-aircraft artillery system. The Insider spread  this information, citing military expert Oleh Zhdanov and CIT investigators.
  • According to the Brovary district police department, representatives of one of the volunteer formations of the territorial community (VFTC) going on patrol noticed a company drinking alcoholic beverages in a public place during the curfew hours. When the patrol members started to check the violators’ documents, one man took to his heels and did not respond to requests to stop. Then a VFTC member opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the direction of the fugitive and hit his leg. An ambulance and the police were called to the scene. Medics took the injured person to the intensive care ward. According to Volodymyr Andriets, acting deputy director of the surgical department of the Brovary Multi-profile Clinical Hospital, the 34-year-old patient with a gunshot wound had fractures of the hip and lower leg. Doctors assessed the man’s condition as moderate. It turned out that the man running away from the patrol was wanted for theft, the law enforcement officers said.
  • Neither the Government, Parliament, nor the President proposed to add the subject of Russophobia to the school curriculum. However, such a petition appeared on the Electronic petitions website as a proposal from the citizen Demyan V. Hanul, who also wrote about it on his Facebook page. The petition is no longer available. In any case, first, that was not an initiative coming from the authorities but a mere petition (which, be it said, had not received the required 25 thousand votes to be considered by the President). Second, the term Russophobia is primarily used by russia to justify its invasion of Ukraine and aggressive policy towards the rest of the world.
  • Getting a summons is not a sign that mass mobilization of women is underway. First, the law does not define a single mechanism for serving summonses. That is why media outlets occasionally come up with news about Ukrainians receiving summonses on the street or in recreational places. However, summonses are usually served on wartime law violators. And secondly, the registration of women to begin on October 1 means that women will be liable for military service to be part of the Armed Forces, the National Guard, or other military formations reserve. But these are only women of professions specified in an order by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense. Registration is not mobilization. All women in service do so voluntarily and/or under contract. They will not be drafted involuntarily. In wartime, women can be accepted for military service or reserve service only under contract and on a voluntary basis.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on July 1

  • Ukraine is preparing a mass mobilization of women because the production of women’s military uniforms has already been launched in Kyiv.
  • russia abandoned Snake Island so that it would not hinder the export of grain and deepen the food crisis in the world, unlike Ukraine.
  • The war can be stopped by the end of the day. According to Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the russian president, an order by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to lay down weapons and fulfill all of moscow’s ultimatums will be enough to end the war.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Registration of women should start on October 1, 2022. It means that a woman becomes liable for military service and part of the reserve of the Armed Forces, the National Guard, or other military formations. But these will only be women of the professions listed in order #313 of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine dated October 11, 2021. Women with minor children under 18 will not be drafted for military service through mobilization. Registration is not mobilization. All women in service do so voluntarily and/or under contract.
  • In reality, russia provoked the food crisis. That is why it is now trying to justify itself, saying that the liberating of Snake Island will unblock grain supplies. However, russia mined the Black Sea. The enemy warships are still in Ukraine’s waters, and russia has been shelling grain depots and transporting grain from the temporarily occupied territories. Notably, russia did not leave Snake Island “out of goodwill.” Ukraine’s Armed Forces kicked the russian army out of there after several days of targeted strikes on russian garrisons on Snake Island.
  • “Ukraine did not start this war to stop it “on orders.” moscow can end the war at any time. They simply must become adequate again: stop firing missiles on cities, withdraw troops, and abandon “nuclear propaganda,” commented Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the presidential office and a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the negotiations with russia. In an interview with The Economist, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the people of Ukraine would never make territorial concessions to russia that had shed so much Ukrainian blood. In turn, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called on partners to recognize russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. He also repeatedly stated in his speeches that Ukraine would not surrender.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 30

  • Western partners provide Ukraine with outdated weapons that quickly fail on the battlefield.
  • russia performed an “act of goodwill” by leaving Snake Island and ending the military operation there.
  • Draining the cooling pools at the Zaporizhzhia NPP was part of scheduled works; the occupiers did not create any nuclear danger.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In reality, we get effective weapons even if we still do not have enough of them. According to Ukraine’s Defense Minister, more than 150 artillery platforms of 155-mm caliber were passed to the Armed Forces. Among the countries that sent their artillery systems to Ukraine were the USA, Australia, France, Poland, Canada, Norway, and Italy. The UK government will supply M270 MLRS to Ukraine, and the US will provide HIMARS MLRS. Both systems can launch missiles at a distance of up to 300 km. However, our partners are currently giving us weapons with a range of up to 70 km. Also, the Ukrainian military will soon begin training on how to use the German Mars II MLRS. A sufficient number of MLRS will allow Ukraine to increase its firepower and eliminate the enemy’s advantage. Also, Ukraine urgently needs long-range weapons to hit command and communication structures and valuable russian logistical targets. This will enable the Ukrainian army to conduct deeper technological operations and prevent the enemy from bringing up reserves from upcountry. However, aviation assistance is also critically needed to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense and increase the ground forces’ effectiveness. Defending Mariupol is an excellent example of this. The occupiers had total air supremacy, mercilessly bombing the Ukrainian military and civilians.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces recently destroyed three Pantsir S1 surface-to-air missile systems on Snake Island. This morning, the OC South reported: “Our missile and artillery units successfully completed another stage of the military operation on Snake Island, resulting in the enemy hastily fleeing the area and evacuating the remnants of the garrison with two speedboats.”
  • According to a warning from Energoatom, the occupiers at the ZNPP were going to accuse Ukrainian nuclear plant workers of storing weapons on the territory of the plant. For this, several workers were detained and tortured to make them confess (or rather incriminate themselves) that back in March, they’d allegedly thrown some kind of weapon into the concrete bowls of the cooling pools at the ZNPP (explosives or projectiles). Under this pretext, the occupiers insist on draining the cooling pools to check their bowls and stopping the pumps supplying water to the power units’ safety systems. If this happens, the safety systems of Europe’s largest nuclear plant will remain without cooling, which is a severe violation per se and could threaten nuclear safety. Besides, it is not advisable to carry out such work in the warm season due to the risk of overheating and equipment failure.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 29

  • The video of the missile hitting the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk, posted by Volodymyr Zelensky on the night of June 28, does NOT prove that the strike hit the mall. On the contrary, the video shows the strike hitting nearby warehouses.
  • Ukrainian authorities and the UK special services are preparing “chemical provocations” to attract more attention from the international community to the “Ukrainian crisis.”
  • russia once again said the so-called “special military operation” was launched to stop the shelling of Donbas by Ukraine and reduce the nationalistic threats coming from Ukraine to russia and Ukraine’s east and south.

Now the TRUTH:

  • After checking the video posted by Zelensky, investigative journalists from Bellingcat found that, judging by the camera location and the shock wave, the Amstor shopping center took all the impact. The nearby railway station and the Kremenchuk Road Machine Plant were also affected. Besides, the investigators found out that the shopping center was open during the attack: the proof was the receipts from the stores posted by social network users after the attacks and information from the chain stores located in Amstor. For starters, there is no “Ukrainian crisis” but a war russia began by attacking Ukraine. russians use the term “crisis” to shift the emphasis. Second, russia has been shelling Ukrainian chemical plants and enterprises e.g., bombarding the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk. russia also engages in nuclear terrorism, launching missiles at a critically low altitude over Ukrainian nuclear power plants and violating technical protocols at the Zaporizhzhia atomic power plant.
  • russia is shelling the Donetsk and Luhansk regions daily. In the past day alone, one civilian died, and eight people were injured from russian shelling in Avdiivka. Mariinka and Krasnohorivka are also under constant fire. For three days in a row, Sloviansk has also been shelled with heavy-caliber weapons, as reported by Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 28

  • russia’s defense ministry boasted they had launched a missile attack on a weapons depot in Kremenchuk. According to it, there were no people in the shopping center during the shelling because the mall was not working. A day before, immediately after the shelling, russian propaganda outlets said they did not fire at the shopping center and that everything that happened in Kremenchuk was staged to put pressure on the West and demand new weapons. According to another propaganda version, the strike was meant to hit the Kremenchuk oil refinery, with the attack on the mall being a decision of Ukrainian authorities to shift the blame for the terrorist attack onto russia.
  • On June 26, russia did not launch rocket attacks on a residential building and kindergarten in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv – it was an attack on the production facilities of the Artem plant only.
  • Men will now receive summonses from the military commissariat through the Diia app.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On June 27, russia launched a missile attack on the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk. Propagandists claimed the strike was staged because the video of the aftermath of the strike did not show civilians, only military personnel. In reality, the presence of the military does not prove anything because the mall was not a military facility. The number of civilian casualties proves that the shopping center was open: we know about 20 people dead, at least 50 injured, and about 40 still missing. The version about the Kremenchuk Refinery being the target is utterly meaningless since the refinery is located almost 14 km from the shopping center.
  • On June 26, russia launched a missile attack on the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv. The photos and video from the impact scene showed the 9-story residential building and the kindergarten to be the most affected. russia struck Kremenchuk and Kyiv with X-22 and more modern X-101 cruise missiles. These missiles can hit targets at a distance of several thousand kilometers but also have low accuracy.
  • When asked about introducing the option to deliver summons in Diia, the Ministry of Digital Transformation said it was fake news, which would continue to be spread by someone. The Digital Ministry was not working on this option because summonses can only be served personally.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 27

  • The statement of the special representative of russia’s president in Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentiev, spread over the internet. He said the reports of russia’s transporting 100,000 tons of Ukrainian grain to Syria are fake. He argued this by saying the main grain stocks remain in the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions, to whose ports russian ships have no access; Mariupol has no warehouses to store grain, and its port was demined recently.
  • russia’s armed forces successfully destroyed the US Switchblade loitering munition with Borysoglebsk and Krasukha long-range electronic warfare systems. The source of this information is allegedly CNN. The article also claims that “the Armed Forces are actively using US drones, but they rarely hit the target.”
  • Electronic medical records of patients to be introduced by the Ministry of Health violate the confidentiality of patient information because every official will have access to electronic documentation. The introduction of electronic cards will also lead to people being involved in experiments without permission.
  • Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba asked Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau to deport Ukrainian male refugees aged 19 to 60. As evidence of this, a photo of Kuleba’s letter to Zbigniew Rau was published.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On May 2, 2022, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut notified Reuters about russia’s exporting 100,000 tons of Ukrainian grain to Syria. According to the embassy, one of the cargoes was on board the russian ship Matros Pozinich. The vessel was used to unload grain in the Syrian port of Latakia. Maxar satellite data showed the images of Matros Pozinich loading wheat in the Sevastopol port on May 19, 2022. On May 27, 2022, the same vessel was spotted unloading at the port of Latakia. According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR) of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, the grain was stolen from Ukrainian warehouses in areas recently occupied by russian troops. In particular, 1,500 tons were stolen from the village of Mala Lepetykha, Kherson region, to be taken to occupied Crimea. A convoy of russian trucks filled with grain also left Enerhodar for Crimea.
  • The CNN article on June 14, 2022, mentioning the use of Switchblade drones by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said nothing about russia’s army successfully destroying these drones. Instead, the article reads: “In some cases, according to one source familiar with US intelligence, Ukraine is simply opting not to use the unfamiliar Western systems. For example, despite receiving hundreds of Switchblade drones, some units prefer to use commercial drones rigged with explosives that are more user-friendly.” Based on open sources, the Oryx blog’s list of equipment destroyed during the russo-Ukrainian contains no Switchblade drones. On April 6, 2022, Pentagon representatives said the Switchblade kamikaze drones with a maximum range of 40 km could prove to be an effective weapon against russian armored invaders. The Armed Forces used these drones for the first time in early May 2022.
  • The first elements of the electronic healthcare system (eHealth) began to be implemented in 2017 as part of Ukraine’s medical reform. In 2019, electronic medical cards gradually started to be used in Ukraine. In early February 2022, electronic medical records covered over 80% of medical paper documents. An electronic card contains data about doctors’ consultations, performed studies, examinations, vaccinations, electronic referrals, and electronic prescriptions. A complete transition from paper-based medical records to electronic ones does not violate personal data privacy. Officials do not have access to these cards. Instead, family doctors with whom patients sign declarations and narrow specialists with whom patients have appointments will have such access. Furthermore, only family doctors can see their patients’ complete information, with other doctors having access to the information they need to provide treatment. Ukrainians will not be forced to participate in experiments. Any experimental or clinical trials of drugs are only possible with patient consent, and digitizing healthcare services does not change this legal requirement.
  • This document is fake. Volodymyr Zelensky did not issue an order to return men of draft age, and the letter received by the Polish Foreign Ministry is phony. The so-called letter does not indicate the original documentation’s date, which is an integral part of business correspondence. According to the letter, Ukraine’s President allegedly ordered the return to Ukraine of male citizens capable of defending their homeland and the entire European Union. However, the official website of the President of Ukraine contains no such documents in the Decrees or Orders sections. In April 2022, a bill on criminal liability for the non-return of men liable for military service from abroad in wartime was registered in Ukraine. However, the MPs did not consider it and returned it for revisions on April 18. As of June 24, it was still under revision.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on June 24

  • On June 21, 2022, information spread over the internet about the Armed Forces of Ukraine failing in their attempts to inflict a defeat on the russian armed forces on Snake Island. It was claimed that the russian air defense systems destroyed all of Ukraine’s Armed Forces’ attempts to shell Snake Island on June 20, 2022, including fire from UAVs, howitzers, MLRS, and Tochka-U missiles.
  • Extending quarantine in Ukraine in connection with the spread of COVID-19 until August 31, 2022, is accounted for by the necessity to force the population to be immunized with a vaccine whose validity period is expiring.
  • In Kharkiv, the public utility company Zhylkomservice calls on residents to leave their apartments unlocked for the Armed Forces and the Territorial Defense to set up combat positions.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The satellite image of Snake Island for June 21, 2022, showed three burned-out areas. On June 21, 2022, the operational command South said that “a concentrated attack was launched on the Snake Island with the use of various weapons and destruction methods, resulting in significant losses of what the Ruscists proudly referred to as the island garrison.” The spokesman of the head of Odesa RMA, Serhii Bratchuk, later confirmed information about Ukraine’s Armed Forces’ strike on Snake Island. On June 22, 2022, the Maxar company provided satellite images of Snake Island. The photo on the left shows the site before the Armed Forces’ attack (June 17), and the one on the right shows it after Armed Forces’ attack (June 21). The photo shows traces of destruction as black spots in three places caused by the Armed Forces’ attack. On June 22 and 23, the operational command South said the Ukrainian military’s strikes resulted in russia losing two Pantsir-S1 missile launch systems, a radar station, and vehicles.
  • On May 27, 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers extended quarantine and the state of emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19 until August 31, 2022. During martial law, the government abolished the different levels of epidemic danger in Ukraine. Also, according to the changes adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers under martial law, natural persons and business entities are recommended to observe anti-epidemic measures. Citizens are advised to receive the full course of vaccination against COVID-19. Under martial law, unvaccinated employees in the professions for which vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory are not suspended from work.
  • There is no such statement on Zhylkomservice’s website, on whose behalf the announcements were disseminated. The Kharkiv City Council denied the information, urging citizens to beware of fraudsters. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov also said this information was fake. “In recent days, besides bombing the city, our enemy has begun to use methods of psychological pressure on citizens. Yesterday, announcements appeared in many house entrances with a call to leave the front doors of the apartments open as if this were a requirement of our Army and Territorial Defense members to set up combat positions in the apartments of Kharkiv residents. That’s a complete lie,” the mayor said in a video message.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 23

  • The charitable foundation Come Back Alive initially purchased medicines, products, and essential items for Ukraine’s Armed Forces members but pretty quickly switched to being an official supplier of lethal weapons.
  • US donors are disseminating the document “Ensuring gender equality in public authorities” in Ukraine. It cannot be about equality between men and women because this equality has long been established in our society. It is actually about sexual minorities.
  • Sergei Lavrov said Poland is actively expanding into Ukrainian territories to gain more influence, leading to Ukraine’s losing its sovereignty.
  • The Orthodox Church of Ukraine canonized the leader of Ukrainian nationalists, Stepan Bandera, enrolling him among the saints. As proof of this, they cite the “decision” on canonization, allegedly “adopted” at the Synod of Bishops.
  • To join the European Union, Ukraine was required to stop glorifying the ideologue of Ukrainian nationalism, Stepan Bandera.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On June 22, NGO Come Back Alive was allowed to buy weapons and other military goods from abroad, becoming the first non-profit in Ukraine to receive this status officially. The status gives the right to buy the goods directly from manufacturers bypassing intermediaries, which lowers the price and protects against low-quality goods and unscrupulous sellers.
  • First, equality between men and women in Ukraine has not been ensured yet, mainly because of stereotypes about the appearance, occupations, and interests of women and men. Second, the concept of gender does not comprise sexual minorities. Gender is about socially established roles, behaviors, activities, and characteristics that a particular society considers appropriate for women and men.
  • The Polish government refuted russia’s statements regarding Poland’s aggressive intentions as part of russian propaganda and disinformation. In his speech in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Andrzej Duda reminded us that Poland was the first to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991,  emphasizing that only Ukraine has the right to decide its future. Statements by other Kremlin mouthpieces, e.g., member of the state duma Dmitry Belik and foreign ministry representative Maria Zakharova regarding Poland’s increased influence, trading in territories, and Ukraine’s subsequent loss of sovereignty are also false. On March 23, 2022, Poland’s Sejm adopted a resolution calling on all states recognizing Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and right to self-determination to support Ukraine by all means because of russia’s armed aggression.
  • First, Bandera was a Greek Catholic, so the Orthodox Church could not canonize him. Secondly, Bandera is not listed among those the OCU canonized after receiving the Tomos.
  • The list of seven steps that Ukraine received from the European Commission, so far, has only been about obtaining candidate status. However, the list does not say anything about Bandera. The first two points involve judicial reform, with the following two dedicated to fighting corruption. The fifth and sixth steps involve fighting oligarchs and developing independent mass media. The seventh is about legislative reforms regarding national minorities.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 22

  • Mykolaiv has run out of food, with locals standing in line to buy Polish canned food, which is supposed to be distributed free of charge as humanitarian aid.
  • Information spread over the internet, citing russia’s defense ministry as saying two laboratories were operating in Mariupol before the occupation, involved in collecting and certifying cholera pathogens. The collected pathogens were then sent to the Public Health Center in Kyiv, which purportedly forwarded the materials to the United States. russia claimed that these facts prove that Ukraine was preparing provocations involving weapons of mass destruction. That is why on February 25, 2022, the Mariupol laboratory staff allegedly destroyed a collection of pathogens, including cholera, anthrax, and tularemia.
  • 70% of the funds allocated by the European Union to help Ukraine flow offshore. Reportedly, this is evidenced by the intelligence data of the EU Central Bank.
  • They are repeating the scenario of Ukraine’s “second Maidan” in Moldova, as evidenced by “pushing out” the russian language and the clearing of the russian-speaking space resulting in polarized attitudes in society.
  • “Europe’s strongest army” is forced to drive grain trucks taken from farmers.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In May, several humanitarian aid distribution points operated in different districts of Mykolaiv, handing out free bread and canned meat. The aid came from the United Nations and the Ukrainian NGO Tarilka. Other Ukrainian and European partners’ humanitarian aid programs were also available. One could get free food products, potable water, and hygiene items at the social protection centers. When distributing food kits, priority was given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and large, low-income families.
  • The Mariupol laboratories that carried out epidemic surveillance have nothing to do with developing weapons of mass destruction. russia mentioned two laboratories but named only one of them, namely the Mariupol branch of the state institution “Donetsk Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.” Its employees stopped working there because of russia’s large-scale invasion in February 2022. This institution’s activities had nothing to do with creating weapons of mass destruction. According to the laboratory’s activity plan, they had to monitor the circulation of infectious pathogens and analyze and predict the spread of these diseases. In particular, the laboratory had to carry out epidemic surveillance and diagnose cholera. Similar disease control and prevention centers operate across Ukraine, carrying out epidemiological surveillance to identify pathogens of dangerous diseases. For instance, the Center’s laboratories in the Donetsk region analyze the material of patients with acute intestinal infections and wastewater to prevent cholera.
  • There are no reasonable grounds to believe that the funds we receive from the EU or any other foreign partner flow offshore. Ukraine’s partner countries provide us with assistance for reconstruction, purchasing equipment, and machinery, humanitarian aid, etc. However, these funds are still insufficient because Ukraine’s economy has been declining during the war, with the budget receiving fewer tax revenues because of closing businesses, industrial facilities being destroyed by russia, unemployment, and a general decrease in the purchasing power in Ukraine. If Ukraine took most of the funds offshore, there would be almost nothing left to support Ukraine.
  • russia is trying to repeat the same disinformation campaign in Moldova to divide society as it has done in Ukraine for years. In particular, to divide Moldovans into russian-speaking and Moldovan-speaking populations. However, russia itself is creating the so-called language issues and problems, accusing countries of Russophobic policies. Although in reality, each country is primarily trying to protect its identity and sovereignty. For russia, it is routine to violate other countries’ sovereignty by collapsing these countries from the inside.
  • The Armed Forces need more weapons and equipment to effectively repel the enemy. However, there are no reasonable grounds or evidence to claim that the Armed Forces seized the farmers’ grain trucks. russia uses this fake news story to shift the blame for disrupting grain supplies onto the Armed Forces and also to discourage Ukrainians from believing in the strength of our army.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 5 p.m. on June 21

  • russian media outlets spread information about successfully destroying a weapons depot in Chortkiv in the Ternopil region with missiles on June 11, 2022. Publications refer to the official representative of russia’s defense ministry, Igor Konashenkov, who said the weapons provided by the USA and European countries were being stored in the depot.
  • A video allegedly shows the Ukrainian military setting fire to the flag of the Netherlands, confusing it with the russian flag.
  • The Pentagon is allegedly studying russian weapons captured by Ukrainian forces to use russian technology in manufacturing its own weapons.
  • russian media outlets citing an article in the Daily Mail disseminated information about Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, canceling the meeting with the King of Sweden Carl Gustav XVI. The president allegedly returned to Helsinki because of russian president putin’s statement that Peter the Great did not take land from Sweden but returned his own.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On June 12, the head of the RMA, Volodymyr Trush, said during a briefing that “part of a military facility was destroyed and civilians killed.” Oleksandr Bohomol, police chief in the Ternopil region, said that there were no weapons stored at the object hit by the russians. As a result of shelling, civil objects in Chortkiv were damaged, including 37 residential buildings, schools and kindergartens, a sports school building, and a gas pipeline. This was reported by Volodymyr Trush, head of the Ternopil RMA.
  • The video search results show that the footage is fake. It was published on January 18, 2016, being created even before the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. Captions to the video say it allegedly depicts Azov regiment members. People in the video threaten the residents of the Netherlands with terrorist attacks telling them not to “think of denying Ukraine entry into the EU. On January 19, 2016, Andriy Dyachenko, the then deputy commander of the Azov regiment, published a video rebuttal in which he said the widely spread fake provocative video was produced by russian propaganda and had nothing to do with the regiment’s members. He stressed that the weapons in the video were not real, and the people were dressed in untypical uniforms, with no regimental stripes on them. The footage was published by a newly created YouTube channel.
  • The news source for studying russian weapons was an article in The New York Times about US the investigators working in Ukraine. Pentagon experts are indeed studying russian technology but with a different purpose. Based on factory markings on the parts, the experts found out which countries exported essential elements to manufacture weapons in russia. Those turned out to be suppliers from the USA and the European Union. For instance, sophisticated russian weapons and communication systems are based on Western chips. An important supplier of raw materials, russia uses Western technology in the military industry. Despite russia accumulating US equipment for years, sanctions harm russia’s military potential. The USA and other countries introduced export bans to cut advanced technology supplies to russia. This limits russia’s ability to produce weapons to compensate for losses during the war.
  • The article in The Daily Mail said that while putin was speaking on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great, russian warships began training exercises in the Baltic Sea. In particular, A Zubr-class landing craft and some corvettes heading from Kaliningrad were spotted. At the same time, Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto was due to meet with Sweden’s King Carl Gustav XVI and Queen Silvia on the lightly-defended Åland Islands, located next to the Swedish island of Gotland, which could become an object of attack by russia in the Baltic Sea. The Daily Mail noted that Helsinki officials denied any connection between canceling the meeting and putin’s comments or russian military drills. The authors wrote that guests at the celebratory dinner were warned that Niinisto might have to leave suddenly. According to The Daily Mail’s sources in Sweden, the departure time was pre-planned.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 21

  • Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Prydacz’s statement spread online, in which he reportedly claims that russia destroyed Western weapons by bombing road and rail connections on Ukraine’s territory.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff prepares to draft women eligible for military service and register women from 18 to 60 years old in some regions of the country. As proof of this decision, a picture of the corresponding order issued by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was published.
  • Fuel prices are not regulated to enrich individuals, oligarchs, and politicians.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On May 15, Prydacz allegedly made the statement regarding the destruction of Western weapons by bombarding Ukraine’s roads and railways in an interview for the Spanish El Mundo. In reality, the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister said russia was trying to disrupt the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine by destroying road and rail connections and sabotaging actions on Ukraine’s territory. But he did not mention any instances of destroying the munitions.
  • Neither the Armed Forces General Staff nor the Defense Ministry published an order like that in June 2022. According to the Center for Combating Disinformation at Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, the widely spread information about drafting women does not correspond to reality, and the document is fake. The circulating picture of the order says women must register for military service by June 31, 2022, but there is no such date because June has 30 days. On June 14, 2022, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Hanna Maliar, said during the telethon that there was no question of drafting women and that the information was fake. According to her, it was impossible to predict what mobilization would look like in the future because of the constantly changing situation at the front lines.
  • Fuel price regulation was introduced in connection with quarantine in May 2021. After the onset of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada agreed to abolish excise tax on fuel, with the VAT rate on these items being reduced to 7% from 20%. On May 17, Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine, said the government was suspending the regulation of gasoline and diesel prices. According to her, this was done for operators to saturate the market with the necessary resources. First, the market was saturated due to the lack of fuel reserves. According to Svyrydenko, the average daily fuel consumption in Ukraine is 13,000 tons, while the daily May imports were 11-12 thousand tons. Yuliia Svyridenko also said that those who set unreasonably high prices would be punished with sanctions. In late April, the director of the A-95 consulting group, Serhii Kuiun, said the state price regulation only prevented the country from overcoming fuel shortages, slowing down supplies to the Ukrainian market. In his opinion, the decision to cancel state regulation aimed to reduce demand. According to Kuiun, many companies, especially small ones, could not supply fuel on their own since the purchase price was higher than that calculated by the Cabinet.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on June 20

  • The Bayraktar drone, for which citizens of Lithuania raised funds, was shot down three and a half minutes after its first mission.
  • In an interview with the BTV channel on May 22, Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov said the Bulgarian authorities’ decision to refuse to pay for russian gas in rubles was hasty.
  • US President Joe Biden said Ukraine should cede territory to russia to achieve peace. Publications refer to a New York Post article.
  • russian media outlets spread the news about possibly lowering the draft age in Ukraine to 16. This information spread with a link to a post on ex-MP lllia Kyva’s Telegram channel. He allegedly provided a copy of the Verkhovna Rada resolution to confirm this.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas was among the first to debunk this news. He directly participated in the fundraising campaign to purchase the drone. On May 30, he wrote that the drone was still in the production stage. In late May, thousands of caring Lithuanians united around a charity campaign launched by the Laisves TV channel to purchase a drone for Ukraine. In just three and a half days, the organizers collected  EUR 5.9 million, or $6.3 million. With charitable contributions coming from 50 countries of the world, 95% of the total amount was collected by citizens of Lithuania. On June 2, the decision by the Turkish company Baykar Makina which produces drones, to pass a Bayraktar TB2 drone to Lithuania free of charge became known. The collected funds would be used to purchase ammunition for the drone, with the remaining amount going to Ukraine as humanitarian aid. It would take time to produce the drone. Lithuania’s Defense Minister announced on June 3: “The historic Bayraktar should be ready by the beginning of July. Turkey will pass it to Lithuania, and then we will pass it to Ukraine.”
  • In reality, Bulgaria’s Energy Minister did not make this statement as Bulgaria does not plan on paying for russian gas in rubles. On April 27, 2022, russia stopped gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland since the countries refused to pay for gas in rubles. In an interview with BTV, Alexander Nikolov did not call this refusal hasty or erroneous. Regarding the refusal to pay for gas in rubles, the Energy Minister said there should be solidarity between EU countries regarding energy sanctions against russia. Answering the question about the possibility of a new long-term contract with Gazprom, the Minister said the following: “At a time when russia is waging war and is obviously the aggressor; when Gazprom is being used as a political tool to exert pressure; when russia is an unpredictable partner in the commercial sphere – I don’t think we have the right to comment on or conduct additional negotiations with this company.” Alexander Nikolov also confirmed the words of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov that tankers with liquefied gas from the US were already on their way to Bulgaria, expected to arrive on June 8 and 23. He said that at the time of signing the contract in the USA, the price for the agreed volumes was better than the price from Gazprom Export.
  • The US president did not discuss the need to cede Ukrainian territories to russia. After Joe Biden’s speech about the economic situation, the press asked whether Ukraine should cede territories for peace. Biden replied: From the beginning, I’ve said, and I’ve been — not everyone’s agreed with me — nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. It’s their territory. I’m not going to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do. But it appears to me that at some point along the line, there’s going to have to be a negotiated settlement here,” the president added. “And what that entails, I don’t know. I don’t think anybody knows at the time. But in the meantime, we’re gonna continue to put the Ukrainians in a position where they can defend themselves.” Despite the provocative title, New York Post published a video of the US president’s response providing a quote from which it is clear that Biden did not speak about the need to give land to russia. Instead, he pointed out that the question of territories and ending the war was Ukraine’s business.
  • The image of the resolution was edited. There is no such resolution or a document with similar content on the Verkhovna Rada’s official website. Using the number and date of registration indicated in the screenshots (7333 from 29/04/2022), we found the draft law On Amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine on Exemption from Criminal Liability during Martial Law with Voluntary Compensation of Damage on the website. In addition, the text on the screenshot incorrectly indicated the name of the law regulating military service. Its official name is On military duty and military service. The document’s design also does not meet the official requirements for draft resolutions of Parliament as it should contain the phrase “The Verkhovna Rada decrees” followed by the resolution’s content and the adopted decision. Parliament’s official website only includes the draft law On approval of the Decree of the President of Ukraine On Extending the Term of General Mobilization. According to the latter, Decree of the President of Ukraine No.69/2022 regarding the drafting of conscripts and reservists continues to apply not to all citizens but only those who have reached conscription age and are subject to mobilization.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on June 16

  • In response to the US statement about a new military aid package of $1 billion, propagandists said this is how the US is becoming a direct participant in killing the civilian population of Donbas.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces shelled the humanitarian corridor from the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk several times on June 15. Despite the green passage being requested by the Ukrainian military, apparently, they could not agree on it with their units.
  • Territorial Defense has turned into collectors in Kyiv: job announcements for collectors with the Territorial Defense background are already posted on Work.ua.
  • russian media outlets disseminated the statement by the Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksii Danilov, saying that Ukraine’s temporary forced loss of its territories is not a tragedy and that Ukraine’s Armed Forces can continue to withdraw from Sievierodonetsk.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The USA passed eleven military aid packages to Ukraine, amounting to around $4.6 billion. Each new aid package was accompanied by criticism and disinformation from russia, including occasional shelling of Ukrainian cities. This time, on the occasion of a new tranche of $1 billion, russia used an old propaganda narrative saying the Armed Forces were shelling civil buildings and killing the civilian population of Donbas. Every time russia uses this narrative, it omits the fact that it started the war eight years ago by occupying parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions because of which peaceful inhabitants of the cities have been dying. russia indiscriminately shoots both at the civilian population and civil infrastructure, each time inventing military bases that were purportedly the targets of the attacks. The US provides aid to Ukraine not to kill civilians but so that Ukraine can protect its sovereignty from the enemy.
  • The so-called humanitarian corridor organized by the occupiers was not what Ukraine would ask for. russia’s defense ministry announced that on Wednesday, June 15, at noon, it would open a humanitarian corridor for civilians from the Azot plant to Sievierodonetsk. However, according to the occupiers, the local residents would be convoyed to the so-called temporary accommodation points on the russian-controlled territory, or simply put – filtration camps. People were not allowed to return to Ukraine. For its part, Ukraine did not announce a humanitarian corridor. Anyway, sending people to russian filtration camps is not an evacuation or humanitarian corridor but the deportation of Ukrainians.
  • Actually, there is no such wording in the original vacancy description. We can assume that it was removed from the website, but the last requirement for the candidate was clearly added in the photo editor. First, the font’s color is different; and second, there is a dot before the fourth point (i.e., the list ended there), while the clause added in the editor has no punctuation mark at the end. After all, it defies logic that a bank branch in Dnipro would be looking for someone from the Kyiv Territorial Defense.
  • Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksii Danilov gave an interview to Financial Times, in which he spoke about the russian troops’ offensive in Donbas. Oleksiy Danilov said: “Temporary loss of territories is not a tragedy. The loss of the country would be a tragedy.” According to him, “the Armed Forces can withdraw from Sievierodonetsk and other cities in the region to regroup.” 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 p.m. on June 15

  • The russian segment of Facebook spread information about Liudmila Denisova, former human rights commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada being allegedly added to the Myrotvorets database (a non-profit, publishing information about persons threatening the national security of Ukraine) for spreading rumors about the rape of Ukrainian women and children. To prove this, users attached a screenshot with Denisova’s data on the Myrotvorets website.
  • russian media outlets wrote that the WHO did not confirm the report about the cholera outbreak in Mariupol. WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris allegedly stated this during a briefing. The publication also claimed that Harris mentioned the cholera outbreak in Mariupol in 2011.
  • World hunger is a conspiracy of international organizations. Ukraine exported the same amount of grain as last year, so the famine announced by the UN has nothing to do with this.
  • In Bulgaria, a concentration camp was created for Ukrainian refugees. Everyone found themselves behind barbed wire. Children grow up behind barbed wire on the asphalt having the psychology of prisoners.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The screenshot from the Myrotvorets website cited in the posts is likely to have been edited. At least two errors point to this. First, the order of personal data was violated in the screenshot: the database always has the last name first, then the given name, and finally the patronym (if known), while the screenshot has the given name first (“Liudmila Leontiivna Denisova”). Second, the screenshot says Liudmila Denisova was born on June 6, 1960, but her actual date of birth is July 6, 1960.
  • WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said that the risk of a cholera outbreak in Mariupol was high but WHO could not confirm a current cholera outbreak in the absence of laboratory confirmation. On June 7, 2022, Harris said: “The risk of a cholera outbreak is high in Mariupol. However, we cannot confirm whether or not there is a current outbreak in the absence of a systematic epidemiological investigation and laboratory testing (PCR) confirmation.” That is, Harris confirmed that the risk of cholera in Mariupol is high; however, as of the publication date, there was no laboratory confirmation of the outbreak. She did not say anything about the cholera outbreak in 2011.
  • This year, on May 14, the president of the Ukrainian Grain Association, Mykola Horbachov, said they exported 43 million tons before the war, which is nearly equivalent to last year’s export. However, according to him, this trading year (July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022), Ukraine planned to export 70 million tons of grain. According to Ministry of Agriculture data, more than 47 million tons had been shipped by June 10, with only 20 days remaining until the end of the trading period. According to the World Food Program, a food-assistance branch of the United Nations, 41 million people were on the verge of starvation even before the full-scale war in Ukraine. The war started by russia against Ukraine only worsened the hunger situation in the world. According to UN estimates, the number of those suffering from hunger may go up by another 8-13 million people. The forecasts refer not to the current but the next (2022-2023) trading year. It will start already on July 1, 2022.
  • Modular houses in Bulgaria are not places of permanent residence for Ukrainians but camps for migrants where refugees can stay for no more than 72 hours. In early June, one of these centers was closed. The dispute arose against the backdrop of resettling Ukrainian refugees from hotels on the first line on the Black Sea inland. Despite Bulgarian authorities believing they have provided unprecedented support to the Ukrainians, the opposition remains dissatisfied with such government measures demanding the resignation of the vice-prime minister.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on June 14

  • Producers of chemicals, fertilizers, steel, and other energy-intensive goods in the EU find themselves in a problematic situation as energy resource prices surged because of the Ukrainian crisis and the imposed sanctions. They cannot compete with plants in the United States and the Middle East. There is no escaping the feeling that the “order givers” needed a full-blown Ukrainian crisis to “bring down” European industry.
  • Iraqi security experts say there is a very high probability that “Islamic State remnants may obtain weapons provided to Ukraine by the US military.” Other experts emphasize that the “generous rain” of Western weapons being poured onto Ukraine will result in munitions no longer ending up on the traditional Middle Eastern and African “black markets” but flowing like a “muddy, turbulent stream” across multiple regions of the world.
  • A video spread across the internet, reportedly showing Azov fighters crucifying an “insurgent” and burning him alive.

Now the TRUTH:

  • First, there is no so-called “Ukrainian crisis” but russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, which has provoked many crises in the Ukrainian and world economies. The phrase “Ukrainian crisis” shifts the focus away from russia, a country to blame for the global crisis, toward Ukraine. Second, according to the logic of such disinformation, the United States and the Middle East provoked the war to rid their products of European competitors on the market. But again, there is no real reason to believe so because the war was started by russia. By comparison, for example, the United States is one of Ukraine’s main partners, helping us with weapons, finance, and diplomacy to fight the enemy.
  • Such allegations contradict the fact that the weapons entering Ukraine are still insufficient to repel the enemy. Western aid is undoubtedly essential but still not enough. Moreover, russia occasionally attempts to destroy the weapons and transportation routes in Ukraine with rocket fire. If some of these armaments also flowed into “black markets,” almost nothing would be left for Ukraine, and Ukraine’s success in resisting the enemy would be significantly smaller.
  • The video, reportedly showing a man crucified and set on fire, is from 2015. Back then, the russian media spreading the footage cited CyberBerkut, a russian or pro-russian hacker group that had allegedly received the video from the Azov Regiment members themselves. There is no evidence of the video’s authenticity or Azov fighters featured in it. Moreover, it is not possible to identify people in the footage or say for sure it was not staged. CyberBerkut has repeatedly spread fake stories this group created, including non-existent orders, documents, phony footage, and images presumably obtained by hacking into Ukrainian websites. The Azov Regiment said in 2015 that it had nothing to do with the footage. In addition, the russian media outlets that disseminated the video also wrote that they had no proof of its veracity.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 13

  • Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, reportedly informed the President’s Office about the impossibility of storming Sievierodonetsk.
  • Uber operating in European countries, particularly Austria, refused to transport Ukrainian refugees because of a fight between Ukrainians and local taxi drivers near a hotel in Vienna. To prove this, screenshots from Uber’s mobile app in Austria of a note from the company, saying We do not serve Ukrainian refugeesand profiles of individual drivers with posts containing similar claims were attached.
  • There is growing evidence of Poland’s creeping occupation of western Ukraine. For instance, a 20,000-strong contingent is being built. Eyewitnesses claim that Polish police patrols were spotted on Lviv streets, with the Poles behaving like they were masters of the universe.
  • The President’s Office urges the Armed Forces to recapture Sievierodonetsk to force the West to continue financing and supporting Ukraine. The Ukrainian government will blame the West, not itself, for all future defeats, making Ukrainian society think accordingly.

Now the TRUTH:

  • The information came from the Telegram channel “Resident.” The post also contained a link to another post from “First War News,” relaying the words of the head of the Luhansk OMA, Serhiy Haidai, about the good chances of liberating Sievierodonetsk. “Resident” sort of denied Haidai’s public statement, citing its own sources. “Resident” is one of a series of Telegram channels created by russian special services to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. The Security Service of Ukraine reportedly discovered this network on February 1, 2021. During a telethon on June 2, 2022, Serhiy Haidai said the russians had seized most of Severodonetsk’s territory but continued to suffer heavy losses from our defenders. According to S.Haidai, Sievierodonetsk held out and had every chance to be freed. O.Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, also commented on the fight. According to him, retreating from parts of the city was a ploy by the military to “trap the russian troops.” Ukrainian troops counterattacked despite the russians’ superiority in aircraft and artillery. Serhiy Haidai neither confirmed nor refuted this statement: “Let me put it like this: our defenders pulled off some successful local military operations, and this gives us a chance and hope that it can also happen in the future. Moreover, the situation in the city might really change.”
  • There were no official statements from the company regarding the ban on providing services to Ukrainian refugees, and the screenshots were outdated and edited. A fight between Ukrainians (the participants had come in a car with Ukrainian license plates) and Austrian taxi drivers occurred on May 25 near a hotel in Vienna. According to the Austrian tabloid Heute, the dispute arose over the parking lot. As a result, two taxi drivers were injured. Uber has supported the Ukrainian community since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In particular, Uber drivers in the United States and Europe have an opportunity to use their app to make donations to the International Rescue Committee to support Ukrainian IDPs. In February and March, the service provider transported refugees free of charge across the Polish and, later, Romanian and Czech borders, assisting in delivering food and basic necessities. On February 24, the company temporarily suspended services in Ukraine. However, in March, Uber started operating again in Lviv and Vinnytsia, and for the first time, in Ternopil and Chernivtsi. The company does not charge commissions on payments, with the total cost of the trip going to the drivers.
  • First, there were no official statements about the possibility of sending 20,000 Polish troops to Western Ukraine. Only russian and pro-russian anonymous Telegram channels reported on talks between Kyiv and Warsaw, citing sources in the President’s Office. Second, Poland never showed any intention of occupying Ukraine or its western regions. By making such allegations, russia merely attempts to justify its actions and shift Ukrainians’ attention away from the real enemy to an invented one.
  • The enemy’s allegations of this kind shift the emphasis, making the messages manipulative. First, the fight for Sievierodonetsk, just as for the rest of Ukraine’s cities, continues not to get Western weapons but to get our territories back and drive the enemy out. Second, the West itself is interested in helping us because russia does not even hide its intentions to continue “the return of other lands of the russian empire” after capturing Ukraine. Put differently, if Ukraine failed to maintain an armed resistance against russia, European countries would become the next targets for the so-called “special operation,” as announced by russian president vladimir putin and the propagandists on federal channels.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 12

  • Many relatives of the Ukrainian prisoners in russia ask not to return them to Ukraine, being afraid of repression or being sent to the frontlines again.
  • Information spread about J.Stoltenberg reportedly saying, “Peace in Ukraine is possible if Kyiv makes territorial concessions.” Many pro-russian Telegram channels disseminated an image of a document allegedly signed by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, S.Shaptala. It said that by June 31, 2022, territorial recruitment centers must prepare lists of women eligible for military service and organize military service registration for women aged 18 to 60.”
  • The quisling “manager” of the Kherson region, v.saldo, said that “all loans taken from [Ukrainian] banks may not be repaid; there’ll be no accountability for it.”

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no real reason to believe that Ukrainian prisoners’ relatives asked anyone not to return them to Ukraine. russian media outlets and Telegram channels did not provide any evidence to prove this. On the contrary, for example, an operation is underway to return the Mariupol defenders, and there are negotiations to release other prisoners.
  • russian propaganda outlets made quite a unique translation while interpreting the words of the NATO Secretary-General. Jens Stoltenberg said, “Peace [in Ukraine] is possible, but the question [is] how much are you willing to forsake to pay for getting that peace?”
  • This information is not accurate, and the document is phony. As the head of the Chernihiv Region Territorial Center of Staffing and Social Support, O.Honcharuk, recently noted: “As for the present situation, there’s no need now for compulsory conscription of women into military service.”
  • The statement made by the Kherson-based quisling was intended to, once again, bring down the moods of Kherson residents, reminding them that they were living under occupation and would soon join the aggressor state. In reality, there are no legal grounds why Kherson residents must not repay loans to Ukrainian banks. Despite the temporary occupation, the Kherson region remains an administrative and territorial unit of Ukraine, so the area is within the operation of Ukraine’s banking system.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 9

  • Pharmaceutical companies have decided to turn the country into one large psychiatric hospital. Ukraine’s Minister of Health believes that getting used to constantly living in wartime conditions negatively impacts mental health.
  • Ukrainian authorities are planning to stop paying all social benefits in the Kherson region (pensions, assistance, and salaries).
  • In Bulgaria, Ukrainian refugees are being relocated from hotels to containers and escorted to the bathroom. “This possibly happened after the Ukrainians showed themselves in all their glory to hospitable Bulgarians, dirtying hotel walls, conducting acts in the streets wearing ketchup-stained shorts, and desecrating monuments,” said the social network posts’ authors.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In an interview with The Telegraph on June 6, Health Minister Viktor Liashko said: “Approximately 15 million Ukrainians will need some psychological help because they have either seen or felt the horrors of war. Of those 15 million, about 20% (less than 4 million) will need medical support.” However, there is no real reason to believe Liashko made this statement for the sake of pharmaceutical companies. According to WHO research, war is one of the most traumatic events for the human psyche. Therefore, it is quite natural that the Ministry of Health is already beginning to assess the extent of damage and prepare to assist the victims.
  • On April 23, the First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Region Council, Yuriy Sobolevskyi, said social benefits would not be suspended. In May, Ukraine’s Main Department of Pension Fund in the Kherson region announced that pension payments for retirees in the Kherson region were underway for May. For instance, earlier on April 21-23, residents of localities in the Kherson region liberated from russian troops could receive pensions accrued during the war. That is, the state allocates funds for paying social benefits, but receiving them is challenging if they cannot be paid into recipients’ card accounts but must only be sent to Ukrposhta branches. On May 14, the head of the Kherson RMA, Henadiy Lahuta, said the salaries were being paid to state employees across the Kherson region. Maryna Lazebna, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, told UNIAN in an interview on May 14 that the state continued accruing and financing all social assistance, benefits, and subsidies in full for those living temporarily under occupation. The Kherson branch of the Social Insurance Fund of Ukraine said on June 4, 2022, that despite technical difficulties and the occupation of the Kherson region, sick-day and insurance payments continued to be made. Thus, from the start of the war, the SIFU paid sick-time and maternity benefits to 5,659 Kherson region’s residents, amounting to nearly UA 22 million. In June, the Kherson RMA also said there were problems with paying pensions through Ukrposhta, but the payments continued.
  • Ukrainians were relocated to buffer centers from Black Sea hotels, where they were given shelter until May 31. “We did everything we could to avoid setting up tent camps, as in other countries. We said clearly and openly that Bulgaria could no longer support Ukrainian citizens. We announced in the beginning that this measure involving hotels was temporary, aiming to give them (refugees – ed.) time to feel calm and get back on their feet,” said Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova. According to her, Ukrainian refugees will be able to live in buffer zones until the Bulgarian authorities receive information on how many people really need support and shelter. Earlier, Kalina Konstantinova had explained that the humanitarian program was initially created to last until May 31. She pointed out that neither the hoteliers nor the local authorities planned or said that Ukrainian refugees would be able to stay in the hotels for free after May 31 under the humanitarian program. The tourist season plays a crucial economic role in Bulgaria, with tourism revenues accounting for a significant percentage of the country’s GDP. Therefore, the authorities are seeking to ensure a good tourist season.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 6 p.m. on June 8

  • The mayor of Sviatohirsk confirmed that the Sviatohirsk Lavra had been shelled and burned by the so-called Ukrainian Nazis.
  • Zakarpattia is preparing to secede from Ukraine because the head of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration, Viktor Mykyta, said European fuel would not leave the region until the region’s needs were met.
  • About NATO: Finland and Sweden may lose their sovereignty after joining NATO. Former Moldovan President Igor Dodon, currently under house arrest, believes incumbent Moldovan authorities are preparing to join Romania and NATO.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Only russian media outlets spread Sviatohirsk Mayor Volodymyr Bandura’s address. Therefore, there would be two reasons he said that: either the mayor had to side with the occupiers and become an instrument of their propaganda machine, or he was in captivity and forced to say something befitting russian propaganda. In any case, we advise you to be wary of such statements and take them critically, considering all possible circumstances of recording such statements and confessions from the leaders of cities where intense warfare is carried out.
  • It is unclear how the propagandists linked the statements made by the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration to the region’s secession from Ukraine. The thing is that on June 8, the head of the Zakarpattia Regional Administration, Viktor Mykyta, wrote on Facebook that Zakarpattia fuel companies refused to supply fuel to other regions until their own needs were met. Mykyta later deleted the post and published another, saying he was “misunderstood.” He stressed that Zakarpattia did not block fuel supplies through the Carpathians. “Those were local entrepreneurs for whom we’d created favorable conditions for fuel imports and logistics to avoid the fuel crisis in the region. In response, the companies refused to speculate on prices or sell their fuel at a higher price outside of the region,” said Mykyta. Therefore, there was no question of the Zakarpattia region’s separation, as can be seen from his statements.
  • There is no reason to believe that countries lose their sovereignty after joining NATO. Joining NATO means that governments must implement a series of reforms and improvements in their armies. However, NATO as a whole and individual Allies do not violate other countries’ sovereignty or interfere with their domestic or foreign policies. The same goes for Moldova and Romania. Joining NATO does not mean that one country will become part of another. But the former President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, holds exclusively pro-russian views. In particular, he recognized Crimea as russian and tried to revoke Moldova’s EU membership and sever ties with NATO.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 9 a.m. on June 7

  • russian cruise missiles destroyed the European T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles reportedly deployed inside the grounds of the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant in Kyiv.
  • According to the head of the Kherson Regional State Administration, Hennadiy Lahuta, the Armed Forces did not liberate more than 20 settlements in the northern Kherson region. The publications cited an answer from the deputy head of the occupational administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov.
  • During the retreat, the Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up a nitric acid tank inside the grounds of the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk on May 31, 2022. It was reportedly done so that the wind would carry harmful emissions away towards the towns of Rubizhne and Kreminna in the Luhansk region.
  • Information spread across the internet about children’s medical cards reportedly found at a Mariupol base of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), describing their healthy organs. At the same time, the cards did not contain data on children’s illnesses, listing the parents’ contact details instead. Also, the documents reportedly included instructions on how to use weapons and reports on purchasing incubators for eggs used in laboratories working with microorganisms.

Now the TRUTH:

  • On the morning of June 5, 2022, Oleksandr Kamyshin, Chairman of the Board of Ukrzaliznytsia, said a missile strike by the russian federation hit the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant in Kyiv. He also commented on the russian defense ministry’s allegations of armored vehicles and tanks provided by Western partners being located inside the factory grounds. Oleksandr Kamyshin said there was no military equipment inside the plant other than gondola cars and trucks for transporting grain under repair. According to Kamyshin, russia used the missile strike to show its desire to destroy Ukraine’s economy, in particular, to prevent the export of Ukrainian goods to the West. After the fire at the plant, Oleksandr Kamyshin invited journalists holding the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s accreditation to visit the destroyed plant in Kyiv to see for themselves that there was no military equipment there. The image was provided by Simon Shuster, a Time reporter, and Valentyn Ohirenko, Reuters’ Kyiv correspondent.
  • In March and May, Ukraine’s Armed Forces liberated several settlements in the northern part of the Kherson region. On March 31, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said they had freed Orlove, Zahradivka, and Kochubeyivka within the Kochubeyivka ATC. And on May 6, one of the local Kherson websites cited the Kherson RMA to confirm that Ukraine’s Armed Forces controlled several settlements within the Vysokopillia and Novovorontsovka territorial communities. According to the Operational Command North, on June 4, the Novovorontsovska and Kochubeyivka territorial communities in the Kherson region were considered fully de-occupied. Maps from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) as of June 2 confirmed the Armed Forces’ complete or partial control over the Novovorontsovka, Vysokopillia, and Kochubeyivka ATCs, and the liberation of Mykolayivka (Vysokopillia ATC) on May 30.
  • Serhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said on May 31 that the russian federation struck a tank with nitric acid at a chemical plant, urging the area’s residents to stay in hiding and get protective masks. The warnings concerned residents of the entire region, not just the towns of Rubizhne and Kreminna. The acid leak occurred on the evening of May 31. According to the weather forecast on sinoptik.ua, north and northeast winds blew in Sievierodonetsk on the evening of May 31. Rubizhne and Kreminna are located north of Sievierodonetsk, i.e., the wind could not carry harmful emissions toward those localities. Winds are named according to the directions from which they blow. That is, a north wind blows from north to south. Also, despite most of Severodonetsk being under russian control on May 31, the city was not surrounded, and the Armed Forces kept the line in the same positions, said Serhiy Haidai. This refutes the information about the Ukrainian army’s massive retreat, which allegedly caused damage to the tank.
  • The ICRC denied this information, saying the organization does not collect children’s medical records and incubators are designed for raising poultry. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organization does not collect children’s medical records and is not involved in organ trafficking, as the fictitious reports suggested. There were no children’s medical records in the Committee’s Mariupol office. Those sharing posts about incubators working with microorganisms hinted that the Red Cross possibly has bio-labs. However, this is not confirmed. The Red Cross points out that in recent years, the organization has distributed incubators as part of agro-economic programs to help families raise poultry. The ICRC’s activities are purely humanitarian. The Committee is working to raise public awareness of the dangers of mines and explosives, and the ICRC publishes and distributes reference materials as part of these activities. However, they are not confidential. The Committee also implements programs to assist people affected by armed conflict in resolving financial problems.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on June 6

  • Ukrainian troops set fire to tons of grain in the warehouses of the Mariupol port, the adviser to the Prime Minister of the DNR, Yan Gagin, told RIA Novosti.
  • A statement by Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the russian state duma’s defense committee, spread online saying the russian military had virtually ceased to suffer losses in the war with Ukraine because of a change in tactics. According to him, this could explain why russia’s defense ministry last reported them in late March 2022.
  • Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova was fired for spreading fake news about the russian military raping Ukrainians.
  • During the missile attack on the Lviv region on June 1, 2022, the russian military damaged the Beskydy railway tunnel.

Now the TRUTH:

  • There is no real reason to claim that the Armed Forces deliberately destroyed tons of grain in storage facilities at the Mariupol port. russia had been massively bombarding Mariupol for almost three months as the fighting for the city continued. Therefore, the grain depots were likely damaged by russian troops. russia continues to use such statements in an attempt to blame Ukraine for the food crisis that might occur globally because of suspended grain supplies. However, each time russia completely denied its culpability for the war, which cut off the grain supplies.
  • Andrei Kartapolov made this statement on June 1, 2022. russia’s defense ministry reported its casualties for the last time on March 25, listing 1,351 military casualties. Statistics on the russian losses are based on open and closed data sources (an example of confidential information is the Armed Forces General Staff’s daily summary). According to the report, as of March 25, russia lost 16,100 soldiers, with 30,700 troops lost as of June 1. BBC Russian Service and the outlet Mediazone collect data on losses based on open sources (information from the victims’ relatives, news from russian regional media, and local authorities’ statements). They could confirm 1,387 deaths on March 25 and 3,211 on June 1. However, as noted by russian journalists, the data does not reflect the actual level of losses. The Dutch website Oryx documents russian equipment losses, not personnel losses. However, equipment losses also partially reflect losses among military members. On March 25, the website’s authors had photo confirmation of 1,387 lost russian equipment items (destroyed, damaged, or seized by the Ukrainian forces). On June 1, the figure was already 4,203 items. According to the US Department of Defense, the russian military continued to repeat its mistakes, suffering significant losses. Ruslan Leviev, a Conflict Intelligence Team analyst, also confirmed that despite a change in tactics, the russian army failed to reduce casualties.
  • Her failure to fulfill the obligations to organize humanitarian corridors, protect and exchange prisoners, and prevent the deportation of adults and children from the occupied territories are cited among the main reasons for her dismissal. Liudmyla Denisova spent most of her time abroad, where she had powers to help protect Ukrainians. Denisova is also accused of disseminating details of “unnatural sexual act crimes” and rapes of children in the occupied territories that cannot be substantiated. According to Frolov, this only harms Ukraine and distracts the world media from the real needs of Ukraine. Ukrainian female media workers earlier issued an open appeal to the Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner regarding her unethical statements about sexual crimes committed by the russian military. Denisova described the harsh details of child rape on social media, which could further harm the victims’ families. The media workers also noted that the official public communication of crimes must include conclusions of forensic examination, which Denisova did not provide. Denisova was asked to avoid sensationalism in the media and report the material passed to law enforcement bodies.
  • This information appeared in the russian media and was also published by Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Herashchenko wrote about damage caused to the Beskydy railway tunnel on his Telegram channel but later edited his post. The head of the Lviv RMA, Maksym Kozytskyi, indirectly mentioned it on Telegram: “Yesterday, a Telegram channel spread fake news about the missile strike. Many Telegram channels, media outlets, and people reposted this false story, and then the source edited the information.” Oleksandr Kamyshin wrote that russia’s missile strike had damaged railway infrastructure in the Lviv region, but “the information about the attack on the Beskydy tunnel is not true.”

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 5

  • Secret documents of the Azov Regiment were found in Mariupol, saying 70% of the local population has pro-russian views.
  • The Ukrainian crisis is dragging the world economy down, provoking a third world war.
  • On June 4, the Armed Forces used Grad systems to fire 40 shells at downtown Donetsk.
  • Washington is doing everything possible to put the main burden of sanctions on European countries,  deliberately weakening the economies of the European Union to make them even more dependent on the United States.
  • The EU has adopted the sixth package of sanctions which russia will be able to survive. The EU no longer knows what sanctions to impose, playing itself into a corner.

Now the TRUTH:

  • Azov’s so-called secret documents were classified as “Secret” (written in Russian) instead of “Secret,” “Top secret,” or “Of Special Importance” in Ukrainian, as is Ukraine’s standard practice. The document also contains typos and grammatical errors. All of this may indicate the piece may have been fabricated by russia to justify the occupation of Mariupol.
  • First, there is no so-called “Ukrainian crisis” but a russian war against Ukraine. The terms “crisis” and “conflict” usually conceal russia’s culpability for launching a war against Ukraine. These terms have been misused by the Western media and used manipulatively by propaganda outlets since 2014. Second, Ukraine cannot provoke the Third World War because Ukraine did not start it, but russia did.
  • Eyewitness accounts from the temporarily occupied Donetsk suggest otherwise. According to them, the missiles were fired from the temporarily occupied Makiivka. Overall, the propagandists’ actions aim at intimidating the inhabitants of the occupied territories to justify the “special operation,” emphasizing once again the cynicism of the invaders, ready to fire on civilians for the sake of another news headline.
  • The purpose of US sanctions, as well as the sanctions imposed by the EU and other countries, is to restrict russia economically so that it no longer receives income (e.g., from oil and gas sales) or cannot produce new weapons. Our partners are thus trying to put pressure on russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine and withdraw troops from all the temporarily occupied territories. In addition, russia’s cultural, diplomatic, and informational isolation continues so that its propaganda cannot influence developed democracies and other countries’ eagerness to help Ukraine.
  • The purpose of the sixth package of EU sanctions is to refrain from importing russian oil for six months and oil products for eight months. The sanctions also include disconnecting Sberbank, Rosselkhozbank, Moscow Credit Bank, and the Belarusian Development and Reconstruction Bank from SWIFT. At the same time, the EU has already begun work on the seventh package of sanctions designed to limit russia’s ability to receive gas payments. Therefore, the sanctions’ purpose is primarily to harm russia’s economy. Of course, EU countries might suffer, as might the entire world economy. But its losses are relatively more minor than if russia continued its military aggression against European countries.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on June 3

  • According to Maria Zakharova, russia is ready to supply grain to all countries needing it but is hindered by Western restrictions.
  • Ukrainian neo-Nazis are actively using US weapons against civilians.
  • Since 2014, the collective West has been pumping Ukraine with weapons and ideology built on hatred for russians. Kyiv was preparing an attack on the “DNR/LNR,” home to hundreds of thousands of russians, as soon as possible.
  • Ukrainian troops retreating from Chervonyi Lyman in the “DNR” organized a Katyn-like massacre in the city.
  • The discount rate of 25% is nothing but making money using the financial pyramid of the NBU (due to refinancing rollbacks) and commercial banks covering up the scheme to be paid for by the taxpayers replenishing the budget.
  • Dmitry Medvedev: In response to russia’s special operation, the United States declared a “war by proxy,” providing Ukraine with weapons and supporting its militaristic regime so that Kyiv could fight until the last Ukrainian.

Now the TRUTH:

  • russia blocked the Black Sea, preventing Ukraine from exporting grain. This threatens famine in many countries around the globe. Instead, russia cynically offers its grain and grain stolen from Ukraine in exchange for lifting sanctions.
  • Unlike russia, which simply destroys Ukrainian cities and kills Ukrainians, the Armed Forces do not use weapons against Ukraine’s civilian population. Weapons from foreign partners are critical to defending Ukraine’s territory, liberating it, and repelling enemy attacks. In contrast, the russian military completely destroyed Mariupol, Volnovakha, Rubizhne, Popasna, Lyman, and Severodonetsk during the war in Ukraine.
  • The West does not need to pump us with the so-called ideology of hatred for russia and russians. russia did the job by occupying Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 and starting a full-scale war destroying Ukrainian cities in 2022. Therefore, our hostility towards russia is primarily the result of russia’s actions. As for weapons, the most significant arms shipments began in 2022, after the start of the war. If foreign partners had helped us more in the previous years, we might have already won back Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories.
  • This is not the first time that russian propaganda has compared the Armed Forces’ actions with the Katyn tragedy. For instance, a similar analogy putin made a similar analogy in his article “On the historical unity of russians and Ukrainians,” published in July last year, when he spoke about the tragedy that occurred at Odesa’s Trade Unions House on May 2, 2014. However, any such comparison is false because it makes no sense for Ukrainian service members to kill the civilian population of Ukrainian cities. The purpose of the Armed Forces is to protect Ukrainians and Ukrainian lands.
  • Increasing the discount rate to 25% has positive and negative consequences for Ukraine’s economy and Ukrainians. For example, business loans will become more expensive, but deposits will be more profitable. In other words, it might be more beneficial for Ukrainians to deposit money in a bank than to invest it in real estate, where profits are difficult to predict during wartime. The primary purpose of increasing the discount rate is to curb inflation. And although prices will still rise (mainly because of hostilities and fuel shortages), increasing the discount rate will slow down price growth somewhat. Another consequence of raising the rate is strengthening the hryvnia. Depositing the hryvnia in a bank will be more profitable than buying foreign currency.
  • Even now, on the 100th day of the war, russia has to seek justification for its so-called “special operation.” The truth is that the United States is not waging war “by proxy” against russia. The United States is supplying us with weapons, providing financial and diplomatic support so that Ukraine can restrain russia and prevent it from moving on against Europe. After all, the term “special operation” used by russia as a cover-up has long since lost its relevance: our foreign partners know well that russia is waging war against Ukraine and ready to continue warring against the entire civilized world.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on June 2

  • russian media spread information about preparations to launch a chemical attack in Mariupol in 2019. They cited a correspondent of the russian newspaper Izvestia who had reportedly discovered plans to train staff members on how to protect themselves against chemical weapons at an abandoned base of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mariupol.
  • Ukraine is exporting grain from the country to maximize profits, while India, another food supplier, has banned grain exports. This will presumably lead to famine in Ukraine this winter.
  • A statement by Polish President Andrzej Duda about there being soon no border between Poland and Ukraine spread across the internet. Social media users claimed the President’s words proved Poland’s intention to occupy Ukrainian lands.

Now the TRUTH:

  • That ICRC staff were trained on dealing with chemical hazards does not prove that there were preparations for a chemical attack in Mariupol. The ICRC operates in many countries affected by armed conflict, so it is justified that the organization prepares its employees to work in emergencies, including chemical attacks. The ICRC’s website in Ukraine says the organization has offices in Sievierodonetsk and Mariupol, among others (in Kyiv, Slovyansk, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Odesa). russia has said for years that Ukraine wants to use chemical weapons in Donbas but has never published evidence of this. russian-controlled pseudo-republics occasionally talked about using chemical weapons to intimidate the local population. The DNR previously claimed the United States had brought to Donbas chemical weapons, causing paralysis. Ukraine’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministries called it disinformation. The US State Department also denied it. In contrast, russia already has experience using chemical weapons, of which at least two cases are known: poisoning a former GUR intelligence officer Sergei Skripal with Novichok and mass chemical attacks on Syrian cities.
  • Ukrainian grain exports are vital to support the economy. In addition, Ukraine’s grain production significantly exceeds domestic demand. India’s export restrictions are due to adverse weather and significant increases in domestic grain prices. However, the ban is not absolute: India can still make exceptions and export wheat to individual countries. Within the context of a full-scale war, Ukraine continues to export agricultural goods by river, rail, and road because russia’s aggression blocks the possibility of sea transportation. Grain sold worldwide accounted for 20% of national revenues from Ukraine’s total exports. In 2021, agriculture reached 10% of total GDP, the highest among the sectors of the Ukrainian economy. It is not true to say that “sales of grain will lead to famine in Ukraine.” Every year Ukraine produces many times more grain than it needs to consume domestically. As a result, it “feeds“ about 400 million people worldwide, acting as a guarantor of global food security. India’s example does not prove that grain cannot be exported during the crisis. First, on May 14, 2022, India only restricted exports to wheat, not all grains. Besides wheat, India sells other crops, e.g., rice, corn, rye, barley, and more. Second, the ban is incomplete as India says it will continue exporting wheat to neighboring countries and the most vulnerable countries if India signed grain contracts with them earlier. Third, India’s decision is because of bad weather: since March 2022, South Asian countries have been suffering from severe drought.
  • In reality, Andrzej Duda quoted Volodymyr Zelensky and meant the development of political, economic, and cultural relations with Ukraine, not its annexation. Duda made the statement on May 3, 2022. Here is his full quote: “Just as we were able to welcome our neighbors, I believe we will be able to offer them a safe haven so that when the war is over, they will be able to return home, and we will be able to help them rebuild a free, sovereign and independent Ukraine. I hope that for decades to come, and God willing, for centuries to come, Ukraine will be a brotherly state to the Republic of Poland, the country where – as I hope President Volodymyr Zelensky prophetically said – there will be no border between them and ourselves; that there will be no border; that we will live together on this soil, rebuilding and restoring our shared happiness and strength, something that will enable us to withstand every danger, and that will deter any attack or threat in the future.” Andrzej Duda openly said he was quoting “prophetic words of Volodymyr Zelensky.” The President of Ukraine had expressed similar ideas. For instance, in a speech before the Polish Sejm on March 11, 2022, he said: “Just in one day, on the first day of the war, it became clear to me and all Ukrainians, and, I am sure, to all Poles that there are no more borders between us, between our nations. No physical ones. No historical ones. No personal ones. Both presidents did not refer to the merger of Ukraine and Poland into one state or the occupation of one country by the other.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on June 1

  • Thanks to the Chechen special forces, the russian army captured Sievierodonetsk in three hours.
  • Melitopol cherry growers successfully arranged supplies to russian cities.
  • US Army General Eric Olson surrendered at Azovstal.
  • Each Ukrainian will be paid up to 70 thousand hryvnias – UN Secretary-General.

Now the TRUTH:

  • As of the morning of June 1, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff said russia was controlling 70% of Sievierodonetsk. Still, the rest of the city remained under the control of the Armed Forces. The battles for the town had been going on for over a day. russia traditionally claimed a non-existent lightning-fast victory.
  • Like other farmers in the temporarily occupied territories, Melitopol cherry growers either sell their products on the domestic market, in the city or region, or are forced to give their harvest away to the occupiers. So, it is unfounded to say that farmers give it away voluntarily or, worse still, supply it “successfully.” Most likely, farmers are forced to sell their goods to the russians, or they can only sell these goods to them.
  • There is no evidence that Eric Olson was in Ukraine during russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine. It is known that he retired in 2011, after 38 years of service. The propagandists also got Olson’s rank wrong: he is a Navy admiral, not an Army general.
  • This is a fraudulent scheme. Social network posts cite the piece published on an unknown website, which they are trying to pass off as the site of the TSN news program on the 1+1 TV channel. However, it has a different domain and interface (the actual TSN domain is https://tsn.ua/). To make the website look more like TSN, the fraudsters added links from a fake page to the authentic TSN pieces, using the logo and adding to the text the phrase “as TSN representatives found out.” The scammers’ piece cites UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, “every Ukrainian will receive up to UAH 69,000 from the European partners.” In reality, Guterres said nothing of the kind. On April 28, Antonio Guterres said the UN was ready to provide Ukrainians with cash assistance. He said this at a press conference with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Guterres said then that 1.3 million Ukrainians could receive payments by the end of May and another two million by the end of August. However, he did not specify how much Ukrainians would receive. The scam website writes that to receive funds, “it is necessary to fill out a short form, and the payment will be calculated automatically.” The link to the form leads to the website of a “Unified Compensation Center for the Return of Unpaid Funds.” However, there is no such institution in Ukraine. The scammers engage in phishing to extract personal confidential data. The website asks to provide an e-mail, phone number, and some contact details. Later, the possible compensation amount comes up, and a small amount is suggested to be paid for legal services to register the application form. The scammers send links to enter users’ card details: number, expiration date, and CVV2 code. This way, they gain access to all funds parked in the users’ card accounts.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on May 31

  • Ukraine has blocked Turkish ships in the Odesa port to use them as a human shield. Ukraine does not allow Turkish sailors to leave the port under the pretext of mine protection measures in the Black Sea, effectively planning to disrupt the landing of the russian fleet in Odesa, which will not open fire on Turkish ships.
  • On May 23, 2022, Kyiv cut off gas supplies in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions controlled by Ukraine. Because of this, the Donbas population is forced to cook on campfires in the yards of multi-story apartment buildings.
  • Social networks cite the representative of russia’s foreign affairs ministry, Maria Zakharova, as saying Ukrainian refugees are tested for tuberculosis when entering the EU. “Do you know what people arriving in EU countries from Ukraine are tested for in the first place? Tuberculosis. Why? Because they know what NATO structures were up to, they know it very well,” Zakharova said.

Now the TRUTH:

  • In reality, the ships remained in Ukrainian ports because navigation was blocked by russia. According to the International Chamber of Navigation, as of May 3, 2022, at least 109 foreign vessels and 500 seafarers remained in Ukrainian ports. According to earlier reports by the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies monitoring group and BlackSeaNews, russia planted mines along the sea routes from the Bosphorus to Odesa. russia is covering up the mining of sea routes with lies about “Ukrainian mines moved by a storm.”
  • russian invaders damaged the main gas pipeline on the border of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which resulted in cutting off the gas supply to the area. Despite identifying the damaged section of the gas pipeline, there is no way of fixing it to resume supplying gas because of the russian army’s shellings. Ukraine’s operator of the gas transmission system announced it on May 23. There are no alternatives to transporting gas to the areas because russia shut down the Soyuz gas pipeline on russian territory on May 11 up to the Sokhranivka gas metering station. It also illegally shut the gas taps in the Novopskov compressor station area in the Luhansk region’s temporarily occupied territory. The gas taps are part of the main gas pipeline, transporting gas to the areas within the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  • European health regulators do not recommend general TB testing or screening of Ukrainian refugees. On April 7, 2022, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe issued a memo not recommending general TB testing of refugees arriving from Ukraine. Regarding testing for tuberculosis, it is advisable to consider specific groups, such as household contacts of bacteriologically confirmed lung cases or people with weakened immune systems. General TB screening of refugees from Ukraine is also not recommended. TB screening is essential for groups at risk of tuberculosis, such as people living with HIV or those in contact with TB patients. At the same time, the memo recommends a TB prevention assessment for those without the disease. Each EU member state can set its own medical examination rules for refugees. However, the European regulators provided the recommendations mentioned above.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on May 30

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Turkey does not intend to interfere in the “show” related to the situation in Ukraine: the country will continue to maintain comprehensive relations with russia.
  • According to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, 30,000 kilograms of plutonium and 40,000 kilograms of enriched uranium are stored at the Zaporizhzhya NPP. He also expressed concern that several hundred kilograms of nuclear weapons could be lost from the nuclear power plant. Wall Street Journal journalist Lawrence Norman also tweeted about it.
  • Ukrainian authorities have decided to disconnect the occupied Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions from Ukrainian mobile operators and Internet providers.
  • Sausage producers and canneries bought up all available salt. Salt has risen in price several times, so it is necessary to buy it as much as possible.

Now the TRUTH

  • This is manipulation: Erdogan’s words were taken out of context. On May 23, 2022, Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented the results of a Turkish government meeting. In his speech, Erdogan said Turkey was helping Ukraine but would maintain relations with russia. We quote Erdogan in full: “By the way, we have given the most serious, concrete, and useful support to Ukraine; we have clearly stated that we will never accept an attack on territorial integrity and sovereignty, even in the war in the North Black Sea everyone is talking about.” We have openly talked about this to russia on every platform and at every level where Turkey has relations with russia. Instead of participating in shows that will not help resolve the crisis, we will continue to maintain political and humanitarian ties with russia making significant efforts to ensure a ceasefire in the region and achieve peace.” russian media distorted Erdogan’s words to give a false impression that Turkey did not intend to get involved with settling the war in Ukraine. In reality, Erdogan said he wanted to find a real solution to end the war. On February 24, Turkish President Erdogan said he supported Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Even before the full-scale war, Turkey had sold Bayraktar drones to Ukraine, continuing to supply them after February 24. In late February, Turkey closed the Bosphorus and Dardanelles to russian warships. In early May 2022, Erdogan said Turkey had already sent 100 trucks of humanitarian aid since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
  • According to Energoatom, plutonium and enriched uranium that could be used for military purposes have never been stored at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. The authors of the widely disseminated piece cite a tweet by Lawrence Norman, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. In his turn, he cites Rafael Grossi, who claimed that the Zaporizhzhia NPP presumably stored 30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium. However, the CEO’s allegations are untrue. According to the state-owned enterprise Energoatom, uranium and plutonium that could be used for military purposes are not stored at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. In addition, it is noted that spent fuel assemblies (nuclear fuel) are held at the nuclear power plant. However, such spent fuel is available at all nuclear power plants worldwide.
  • According to russia, the shutdown was due to the “fact” that people living under occupation began telling their relatives and friends about “good russian soldiers” who did not kill or loot but helped people. In reality, disconnecting Ukrainians from mobile operators and Internet providers is part of the occupiers’ efforts to infiltrate propaganda into the Ukrainian media.
  • Because of shellings by the occupiers and the danger to its workers’ lives, Soledar-based state-owned enterprise Artemsil in the Donetsk region stopped salt production in April. However, large chain supermarkets keep a stock of salt of several thousand tons. Because of high demand and the “opportunity to earn,” salt prices are artificially inflated in retail stores and marketplaces. However, massive purchases of salt in large quantities lead to shortages and further price increases. Sausage and smoked good producers use imported specially prepared salt. Besides their salt stocks, large producers concluded additional international agreements on salt supplies.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on May 27

  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi said that, during the current phase of the russian-Ukrainian war, the Ukrainian military is using schools as information centers, shelters, supply centers, or for military purposes.
  • Poland came to terms with russia on a partition of Ukraine. A map spread across the internet, showing Poland’s intentions to seize Ukraine’s western regions.
  • Ukraine was invented by Lenin when he created the Soviet Union.

Now the TRUTH

  • russian media spread the statement by Omar Abdi dated May 12, 2022. He spoke at a UN Security Council meeting on the same day dedicating his report to the rights of children in Ukraine after the large-scale russian invasion: “In Ukraine today, education is also under attack. The school year came to a standstill in February when the war broke out. As of last week, at least 15 of 89 – one in six – UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine had been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war. Hundreds of schools across the country are reported to have been hit by heavy artillery, airstrikes and other explosive weapons in populated areas, whilst other schools are being used as information centers, shelters, supply hubs, or for military purposes – with long-term impact on children’s return to education.” In the passage quoted above, Omar Abdi did not directly say who used schools for military purposes. However, in the same speech, he mentioned russia’s shelling of the railway station in Kramatorsk and a school in the Luhansk region. By the way, on May 18, 2022, Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science said 161 educational institutions had been totally destroyed and another 1,611 severely damaged by russian shelling from the beginning of the new stage of the russian-Ukrainian war. When hostilities occur near or inside settlements (urban combat), it is almost impossible to avoid using civilian objects for military purposes. However, russia and Ukraine cannot be held equally responsible for using civilian objects. russia started the aggression in 2014, while Ukraine exercises its right to self-defense.
  • The map has been circulating online since around 2014. It was created to illustrate MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s proposal to the governments of Poland, Hungary, and Romania to hold “referendums” for annexing seven western regions of Ukraine. The map was drawn up and published by the Polish media outlet Super Express on March 25, 2014, to illustrate Zhirinovsky’s letter inviting Poland to take part in the partition of Ukraine. The russian deputy suggested that the Polish government hold so-called “referendums” on annexing five Ukrainian regions: Volyn, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, and Rivne. Hungary and Romania received the same proposal: annexing the Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions, respectively.
  • According to historical facts, Ukrainian statehood dates back to Kyivan Rus. Yuri Dolgorukiy, the founder of moscow was a Kyiv prince. When the russian capital was just beginning to be built in the 12th century, ancient Kyiv was already a developed city with temples, buildings, and active trade. Therefore, saying that Kyiv and Ukraine came from russia is illogical, to say the least. In the 1920s, the Bolsheviks occupied most of Ukraine, led by the “creator of Ukraine,” Lenin. Nearly 1,000 years had passed between Kyivan Rus and Lenin’s birth. Under Soviet rule, Ukrainian lands existed as part of the USSR. After the collapse of the USSR, Ukrainians regained their state’s independence.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on May 26

  • 90% of Zaporizhzhia region residents want to get russian passports.
  • Children and teenagers began to be recruited to the ranks of the Territorial Defense.
  • russia takes grain from Ukraine so that the West will not speculate on it. This way, russia can save the world from famine into which the collective West has been dragging it.

Now the TRUTH

  • On May 25, russian president vladimir putin signed a decree to streamline the issuing of russian passports to residents of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. It would effectively mark the beginning of the forced passportization of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories. It is not the first time that russia has taken such measures. Earlier, it forced residents of the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea to get russian passports.
  • According to the law “On the Fundamentals of National Resistance,” only citizens who have reached the age of 18 are eligible to join the Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces. There is no real reason to claim that minors are admitted to the TD, just like any other unit within the Armed Forces.
  • russia is stealing Ukrainian grain and blocking our ports, making it impossible to export grain. russia is provoking world hunger while Western countries are looking for alternative ways to import grain from Ukraine. By the way, russian propaganda says it is ready to sell grain only in exchange for political concessions, e.g., recognizing Crimea and other temporarily occupied territories as russian.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on May 25

  • Ukrainian Nazis fired on the Azot plant in the Luhansk region.
  • In Kharkiv, Odesa, and other Ukrainian cities, conscription notices are distributed to those of call-up age right on the street or in queues for fuel.
  • Many countries around the globe have already agreed to participate in the tribunal against Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

Now the TRUTH

  • According to Serhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, the russian military shelled the Azot plant. Haidai said the occupiers shelled the places where people were hiding in bomb shelters, such as the Azot plant.
  • There is no reason to claim that people in the Armed Forces are “caught” right on the street and handed out conscription notices. The third wave of mobilization is underway in Ukraine for those eligible for military service and the graduates of higher education institutions’ military chairs as reserve officers not drafted during previous mobilization campaigns. In contrast, russia is using forced mobilization to recruit men into its army in the temporarily occupied territories, which is illegal.
  • There are no official statements from governments, prosecutors worldwide, or international courts seeking to prosecute the Ukrainian military for alleged war crimes. By contrast, the prosecutors general of five countries (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) expressed their support for Ukraine in investigating russia’s war crimes.” In addition, 42 states sided with Ukraine in the case against russia in the UN International Court of Justice.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on May 24

  • YouTube has introduced unprecedented censorship measures on its platform since the beginning of russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. The video hosting site’s administration deleted over 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels
  • Poland “is absorbing” Ukraine, and both countries are in the orbit of the new “British Empire.”
  • Peaceful life in Kherson continues: people stand in queues to buy ice cream, and everyone likes it, walks around, and relaxes.
  • The World Health Organization insists on mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 in Ukraine, the next wave of which is expected in the fall. This is very important for Ukraine at the moment. Apparently, the WHO has set its sights on a share of the $40 billion in US aid to Ukraine.
  • All those criticizing the failure of the Azovstal case will be included among Kremlin agents. The decision was made by information professionals from the Zelensky administration and distributed to Ukrainian experts and media newsrooms for implementation. Any discussions regarding the failure of the plant’s defense and the Nazis’ mass surrender are now subject to criminal prosecution and prohibited in Ukraine.
  • Following in Latvia’s footsteps, the Ukrainian authorities decided to legislate the fight against the citizens of their own country. While the fail-squad parliamentarians from Riga decided to deprive Latvians of citizenship for supporting russia’s special operation (but actually for their political views), the Verkhovna Rada is trying to surpass its neighbor. It will deprive those Ukrainians of citizenship who left the country in the last two months.

Now the TRUTH

  • YouTube did indeed delete 9,000 channels and 70,000 videos relating to the war in Ukraine. But it was not censorship: YouTube removed the videos and channels referring to the war as russia’s “liberation mission.” YouTube also restricted or removed some russian channels, including those of Kremlin opinion leaders, and restricted some russian government channels. All this was meant to increase access for Ukrainians and citizens of neighboring countries to reliable information about the war. Furthermore, it was not censorship. YouTube removed videos violating its policies regarding particularly violent events. The war, like massacres, the Holocaust, or the Holodomor, is an example of particularly violent events governed separately by YouTube’s rules. Users agree to abide by the network’s rules when using social media (e.g., YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and whatnot). Violating them will mean the possible imposition of restrictions.
  • Unlike russia, Poland is not trying to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, occupy its territory, or kill civilians. On the contrary, Poland has been helping us in the war against russia, accepting millions of Ukrainian refugees, and providing financial and diplomatic support and weapons. Closer ties between Ukraine and Poland do not mean that the latter will absorb our country. For example, developing relations between our countries will simplify the bureaucracy for citizens of both countries when crossing the border and speed up the receipt of aid.
  • It is difficult to call life in the temporarily occupied Kherson peaceful. A military commandant’s office is in the city, and the Ruscists continue to intimidate, filter, kill, and unlawfully draft civilians. People can be arrested, deported to filtration camps, tortured, and humiliated just because they dislike the Ruscists.
  • Although recommended (rather than imposed) by the WHO, vaccinations against COVID-19 have been and remain voluntary. In addition, there are currently no restrictions on vaccinations and other restrictive quarantine measures against COVID-19 in Ukraine. At any rate, the WHO has nothing to do with the US $40 billion in aid as the assistance is designed to increase Ukraine’s defense capabilities, not purchase medicines or vaccines.
  • Unlike russian propaganda mouthpieces, Ukrainian media outlets do not have “talking points” or guidelines on what and how to talk about. Unlike in russia, there is freedom of thought, speech, and self-expression in Ukraine. That is why there are media outlets, bloggers, and experts commenting differently on the release of Mariupol defenders: some support the government’s decision, while others criticize it.
  • For starters, there is no such law in Ukraine. It is only being proposed in one of the registered bills. However, the law must first be voted on and signed by the President. Second, the bill only concerns men eligible for military service who have left the country and not returned within 30 days. These are those who left and did not return without good reason, e.g., a ban on leaving the host country, natural disasters, accidents, business trips, official work abroad, hospitalization, or other circumstances preventing their departure from the host country.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 23

  • Ukraine sold Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Islamic terrorists. Hamas (a Palestinian organization controlling the authorities in the Gaza Strip, recognized by the United States, the EU, and Israel as a terrorist group) and Hezbollah (a Lebanese organization recognized by the United States, the EU, and Israel as a terrorist group) are reportedly threatening Israel with Javelin anti-tank missile systems they got thanks to Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s Nazi battalions reportedly used Israeli Matador grenade launchers without Israel’s permission.
  • Fuel shortages in Ukraine were created artificially. Thus, despite sufficient fuel supplies today, gas stations allow people to buy only 10 liters per car to intentionally create panic and force people to buy more fuel at unreasonably high prices.
  • Ukraine, not russia, planted mines in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas: those are anchor mines of obsolete make 730.00.000 which are only in service with Ukraine. Some of the mines were spotted off the coasts of Romania and Odesa.
  • Land is taken from Ukrainians during wartime via electronic auctions to sell land.

Now the TRUTH

  • There is no open-source information that Ukraine sold Javelin systems to Hezbollah or Hamas to threaten Israel. There is also no evidence that these groups ever used these ATGMs. Assuming that Hezbollah or Hamas have Javelin systems, they may well have gotten these weapons from other sources. According to The Military Balance 2022, besides Ukraine, this ATGM is officially in service with 21 countries. Previously, Javelin systems have been seen in countries that never publicly announced purchasing these anti-tank guided missiles. For instance, in 2019, ATGMs were spotted at a Libyan National Army warehouse (a faction fighting for power in Libya). However, Hamas and Hezbollah have the technical capability to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel without using the Javelin systems. In addition, both organizations have already used third-party ATGMs in the fight against Israel.
  • In reality, the Matador rocket launcher is a weapon co-produced by companies in Germany, Singapore, and Israel. Ukraine received the first batch of these rocket launchers from Germany in late March 2022. There is no information that providing such weapons requires the consent of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, an Israeli company involved in the production of Matador.
  • There are no “Nazi battalions” or volunteer military formations within the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Nazi ideology is prohibited by Ukrainian law and is not promoted at the political or military level.
  • Restrictions do apply at gas stations in Ukraine. In April and May 2022, many gas station networks set limits of 10 to 30 liters of fuel per car. The deficit arose because of several factors, including:
  1. the beginning of russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine and the lack of access to the russian and belarusian fuel markets, on which Ukraine depended significantly until February 24, 2022;
  2. the destruction of oil depots and refineries in Ukraine because of russian missile strikes;
  3. the maritime blockade that disabled Ukraine from receiving fuel by sea; and
  4. increased demand for fuel for military and civilian transport because of the intense hostilities.
  • According to Yuliia Svyridenko, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, the average daily fuel consumption in Ukraine is 13,000 tons, while the daily May imports were about 12,000 tons. Ukraine is reorienting to the European fuel market (daily fuel imports from the EU have grown from 4 to 12 thousand tons), but setting up logistics requires additional time. The government plans on increasing daily fuel imports to at least 15-16 thousand tons.
  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs identified the used drift mines as those seized by russia’s armed forces in 2014 during the military invasion and occupation of the city of Sevastopol. As of early 2022, the mines were not registered with the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Using the mines from warehouses seized in 2014 is a deliberate provocation by russia, attempting to discredit Ukraine in the eyes of international partners.
  • Electronic land auctions are not a mechanism for taking land from Ukrainians during wartime. Landowners may sell or lease their land at an electronic auction only at their discretion. Put differently, land auctions are not forced upon as many other legal actions, being voluntary. In addition, the Constitution of Ukraine protects citizens’ private property (Article 41). No one can be unlawfully deprived of their property. Martial law imposed in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, may temporarily restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens, including the right to private property. Forcible seizure of property is allowed during martial law or state of emergency. However, it is only possible to alienate property in the case of prior and full reimbursement of its value and public necessity, based on and in the manner prescribed by law. Only russia’s and its residents’ property can be seized without reimbursement for its cost. Land is not taken from Ukrainians. In addition, the procedure for alienating property during wartime makes no mention of electronic auctions.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 18

  • Azov held the whole of Mariupol hostage.
  • Those who remain in the Azovstal steelworks will see the wounded treated and not killed. It may prompt some to surrender.
  • MP Kira Rudyk, who was involved in talks regarding Ukrainian service members’ surrender in Azovstal, said there was no agreement between Kyiv and moscow on exchanging the Azovstal captives.
  • Using blackmail to get foreign aid is one of the reasons why Kyiv has set the task to Ukraine’s Armed Forces to defend Severodonetsk at all costs.
  • russia will hold a press tour for russian and foreign journalists across “liberated” areas of Ukraine, including the country’s east, south, and Crimea.

Now the TRUTH

  • The Azov Regiment, like the other Mariupol defenders, did not hold the civilian population hostage. russia has repeatedly said that the defenders of Mariupol use civilians as a “human shield” or hold people hostage to flee together through humanitarian corridors. None of that is true. Like the Marines, the National Guard, the National Police, and other defenders, Azov safeguarded the city and its people and repeatedly called on the authorities and the world community to save civilians.
  • Although propaganda outlets try to “stimulate” the rest of the defenders to surrender by making such statements, Ukraine’s official position is different. First, negotiations are underway to rescue those remaining in the plant. Second, negotiations are underway on exchanging the 264 Mariupol defenders evacuated earlier. Third, russia’s official statements indicate completely different russian plans regarding Ukrainian defenders, i.e., convicting them of war crimes and Nazism and possibly even returning the death penalty for Nazi crimes. Therefore, overall, it does not look like russia is going to treat Ukrainian prisoners well.
  • This fake news arose because, in one of the recent pieces by The New York Times, Kira Rudyk was named a participant in the negotiations for the release of the Mariupol defenders. Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, denied media reports about the Holos party chairperson Kira Rudyk’s participation in the talks regarding the evacuation of Ukrainian defenders from Mariupol. According to him, such statements only harm the fragile process “at such a crucial moment.” The Holos party’s head wrote on her Facebook page that she was not involved in the negotiations regarding evacuations from Azovstal, saying the American newspaper’s article “did not say a word” about it.
  • The Armed Forces are defending Severodonetsk, trying to repel russian troops from it, not because the government is using blackmail to get Western aid, but because it is a Ukrainian city. Ukraine plans on returning and protecting all of its cities. The West continues to provide us with financial, military (weapons supplies), and diplomatic aid because if Ukraine loses, russia’s next goal would be Europe. In addition, the world does not need a terrorist country like russia to blackmail the whole world with a potential attack merely to sell energy and expand its geopolitical influence.
  • The press tour organized by russia is an attempt to televise a staged show that russia is a “harbinger of protection and peace” in the so-called “liberated” cities of Ukraine. In this way, russia will only show its domestic and foreign media a distorted picture of reality. In actuality, the occupiers have been terrorizing, torturing, interrogating, and killing civilians in the temporarily occupied cities and regions.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 17

  • Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has officially acknowledged the surrender of 264 people in Azovstal.
  • Ukrainian artillery fired on the village of Olenivka near Donetsk. The Azov Regiment members that surrendered in Azovstal are transported through this settlement. It looks like a deliberate attempt to destroy their own surrendering unit.
  • The Ukrainian military uses schools and hospitals for military purposes, and civilians as a human shield.
  • The russian defense ministry claims the explosion in the Kharkiv region that resulted in an orange cloud was carried out by Ukrainian special services detonating a fougade, amped up with a ton of “ammonium nitrate.” According to russia’s defense ministry, a cloud about a kilometer high floated towards Kramatorsk.”
  • Ukrainian media report an unprecedented victory: the Armed Forces soldiers allegedly reached the border with russia, as evidenced by pictures taken against the backdrop of a border post. In reality, Ukrainian soldiers simply brought the pole with them, placed it in the middle of a field, took pictures, and then tried to leave the scene as soon as possible.

Now the TRUTH

  • The Supreme Military Command ordered the commanders of the units stationed in Azovstal to save the lives of their members. Therefore, 53 gravely wounded soldiers were rescued from Azovstal yesterday and transported to the occupied town of Novoazovsk in the Donetsk region. Another 211 soldiers were evacuated through a humanitarian corridor to the occupied Olenivka and then returned to the Ukrainian-controlled territory, following an exchange procedure. Measures continue to be taken to rescue the remaining defenders in Azovstal. By maintaining their positions in Azovstal, the Mariupol defenders did not let the enemy transfer the forces comprised of up to 17 battalion tactical groups (about 20,000 personnel) to other directions. That prevented the enemy from implementing the plan of the rapid capture of Zaporizhzhia, advancing to the administrative border of the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions, and creating conditions for surrounding the JFO  groups.
  • In an address on rescuing soldiers from Mariupol, Volodymyr Zelensky stressed: “We hope that we’ll be able to save the lives of our guys. Among them are those badly wounded, and they are getting help. I want to emphasize that Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive.” Therefore, we have no objective basis to believe that the Armed Forces fired on Olenivka merely to “finish off” its own fighters. Moreover, russian propaganda always unequivocally states that any shelling of settlements is the doing of the Armed Forces. That is how russia often tries to shift the blame for its own crimes and shellings onto Ukraine’s defenders.
  • As of April 1, according to a study by the Kyiv School of Economics, Russia had destroyed 533 secondary and higher education institutions and 196 healthcare institutions. The damage from these destructions is estimated at more than $ 3 billion. Russian troops, not Ukrainian, have been destroying Ukrainian schools and hospitals.
  • The head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said a Russian projectile hit a warehouse in the Kharkiv region where (according to preliminary information) ammonium nitrate was stored. Residents of northern Donetsk saw giant, scary columns of smoke, but there was no reason to panic. Ammonium nitrate is not a dangerous chemical, and its highest concentration after the explosion in a cloud reaches 200-500 meters from the epicenter. The explosion does not pose a threat to the population, and the Donetsk region cities are outside the cloud zone. Experts are already calculating damage to the environment. The situation is under control.
  • Members of the 227th Battalion of the 127th Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine set up a border sign at the state border in the Kharkiv region. Therefore, the footage shows the fighters demonstratively carrying a pole, not just filming next to it. The border pole had apparently been damaged in the fighting, so they regained control over the border area restoring the Ukrainian border markers.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on May 16

  • Schoolteachers are forced to report on their students who speak russian and listen to russian music. In eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities banned people from speaking russian and celebrating Victory Day.
  • Russia plans on using Articles 5 and 6 of the Biological Weapons Convention to investigate biological activities in Ukraine.
  • It is a russo-Ukrainian war where the representatives of the political nation of “Ukrainians” are the proxy forces of the collective West. Therefore, it is necessary to destroy Ukrainian tanks, kill Ukrainian soldiers, burn their strongholds, and loudly declare that the war’s only goal can be the de-Ukrainization of russian Malorussia.
  • Western countries engage in large-scale grain transportation from Ukraine, resulting in huge queues of loaded trucks on the border with Moldova. In this way, the authorities will stage a new Holodomor in Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH

  • Ukrainian teachers have never been forced to report on the children speaking russian and, especially those listening to russian music. First, education and language laws restrict teaching in russian, which can be used as a language of instruction only for children in specialized classes. Second, the law does not limit the language used in everyday communication and language preferences. Legislation on language mainly governs the use of the Ukrainian language by the media, officials, the service sector, book printing, etc.
  • The world community has long disbelieved russia’s claims about the alleged development and use of biological weapons in Ukraine. The Ministry of Health, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and representatives of the United States whom russia accuses of funding the development of bioweapons in Ukraine have repeatedly proved that Ukraine does not produce bioweapons or conduct experiments on Ukrainians or with hazardous biological reagents.
  • russia only uses such statements as justification for the failure of the so-called “special operation.” After all, losing the war to the collective West is probably not as shameful as losing it to Ukraine. However, the West only provides Ukraine with military, diplomatic and financial support. It does understand that if Ukraine loses, russia’s next goal might be Europe. Therefore, the West stands with Ukraine and is interested in destroying a dangerous enemy that does not hide its plans to capture another European country.
  • Fears of possible famine due to lack of grain are unfounded. Every year Ukraine produces many times more grain than it needs to consume. Thanks to it, the country “feeds” about 400 million people worldwide, acting as a guarantor of global food security, which russia has threatened by the invasion. Without supplies from Ukraine, the amount of available grain decreases, provoking rising prices. On the one hand, countries in Africa and the Middle East cannot afford to buy grain, and on the other hand, farmers around the globe cannot provide their animals with food. Hunger and food crises do not threaten Ukraine but the world. At the same time, due to the russian invasion, about 25 million tons of already purchased grain got stuck in the blocked ports, never reaching the buyers. These goods are not meant to be stored long-term, and they will eventually begin to deteriorate. About 90% of grain exports went through the ports. Currently, Ukraine and European countries’ entire agricultural sector is actively working to establish alternative sales channels.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on May 13

  • Sanctions imposed against russia are largely provoking the global economic crisis. Many countries face the threat of famine, and the blame for this lies entirely with Western elites.
  • The “Azov members” torture and burn the civilian population of Mariupol hiding in Azostal to prevent them from coming out to the russians and leaving the plant.
  • Ukrainian refugees beat a Pole to death in Warsaw.

Now the TRUTH

  • russia makes such reports to distract its citizens from economic problems in russia in the first place. In reality, russia was harshly hit by the sanctions: restrictions on exports, disappearing imported goods, the devaluation of the ruble and inflation (which russia’s central bank can only curb artificially), unemployment, and falling incomes. All of this is transpiring in russia, and its political leadership chooses to keep hush about it, blaming Western elites instead. Unlike russia, the West is searching for alternative ways to supply its countries with gas and oil or to completely abandon imports from russia, looking for new markets for exports and investment. By the way, Ukraine could become one of them.
  • There are no objective grounds for claiming that Azov Regiment members torture civilians in Azovstal. Quite the opposite: Azov fighters have repeatedly called on the world community and Ukrainian authorities to arrange an evacuation for the civilian population. Moreover, even before russia began spreading allegations of the torture of civilians, it became known that all civilians had been evacuated from Azovstal, and only members of the military were being rescued.
  • There is no mention in the Polish media of any Ukrainian refugees beating a Pole to death. As for Ukrainian refugees, russia invents or chooses a negative example and then inflates it to sound like situations of this kind arise constantly and are frequent. That is russian propaganda manipulation because, in most cases, Ukrainian refugees abroad behave with dignity, are grateful for the help, and support Ukraine even from abroad.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on May 12

  • Ukrainian special services are preparing a provocation in Dnipro to accuse the russian military of killing civilians.
  • Governor Marchenko of Aidar is preparing Odesa for a protracted war according to the Mariupol scenario.
  • Residents of the Kherson region, who previously left for other Ukrainian regions, are returning home, said the region’s deputy head Kyrylo Stremousov.

Now the TRUTH

  • Ukraine does not organize provocations against the Ukrainian civilian population. Yet such reports may be a sign that russia is preparing provocations to shift the blame onto Ukraine’s armed forces and special services. Disseminating such messages in advance will allow russia to say, “We warned you that Ukraine would organize such a provocation.” Earlier, russia had spread similar information about possible bombardments of other Ukrainian cities, shelling of temples on Easter, an attack on bridges across the Dnieper River, and provocations in western Ukraine on May 8-9.
  • The military administration and the mayor’s Office of Odesa are not preparing the city for the so-called “Mariupol scenario.” Overall, it is not clear what russia refers to as the “Mariupol scenario,” except for the plans to destroy this Ukrainian city by russian forces. All Ukrainian cities, including Odesa, are now preparing to defend themselves against a potential russian offensive. After all, Ukraine’s and these cities’ leadership will not yield a single piece of our land to russia.
  • Half of the city’s residents left Kherson. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities plan on holding an illegal referendum in the city and the region, proclaiming the so-called “Kherson People’s Republic” and asking russia to take in the “People’s Republic of Kherson.” Kyrylo Stremousov is an accessory, a self-proclaimed deputy head of the region siding with the occupiers. Notably, before the start of the full-scale war, Stremousov was a local journalist who spread many fake articles about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Most of these phony stories stemmed from russian propaganda.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on May 11

  • The russian army allegedly does not commit crimes in the occupied cities of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions (Kherson, Berdiansk, Melitopol, etc.). This information began to spread on Facebook at least from April 6, 2022, after the facts of the mass killings of civilians in the Kyiv region under russian occupation became known. Similar reports continued to circulate in May.
  • The US aid of $ 40 billion aims to continue the war against russia, wishing to inflict a heavy defeat on russia and limit its economic development and global political influence.
  • Across Europe, the “Washington architects” planned and launched pro-Ukrainian/Ukrainian provocateurs to disrupt the May 9 celebrations.

Now the TRUTH

  • Even given the limited conditions under the occupation, we receive information about mass crimes committed by the russian army: kidnapping, torture, rape, injury, and murder. Here are just a few examples:
  1. February 24: The russian military shot five civilians dead near Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region.
  2. March 5: The russians killed two civilians in the Zaporizhzhia region.
  3. March 11: The russian occupiers kidnapped the mayor of Melitopol (released on March 16). Also, the abductions took place in the Kherson region, e.g., the mayor of Skadovsk (March 16) and a former head of the Kherson Regional State Administration (April 9).
  4. March 12: According to journalist Konstiantyn Ryzhenko, russian security forces began harassing and detaining Ukrainian activists, journalists, and former service members in occupied Kherson. Similar crimes were also reported in the Zaporizhzhia region.
  5. March 21: russian forces forcibly dispersed a peaceful rally in Kherson. At least one protester was detained, and several others were injured. The same thing happened during the subsequent actions, say on April 27, when the russians used force again and wounded four people.
  6. April 2: russians injured four civilians protesting in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region.
  7. April 7: According to the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih, the russian occupiers raped a 16-year-old pregnant girl and a 78-year-old woman in the Kherson region.
  8. April 12: The occupiers killed seven civilians in the village of Pravdyne in the Kherson region.
  9. April 20: The head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration (RMA) said the Ukrainians evacuated from the Kherson region to the Dnipropetrovsk region reported on crimes committed by the russians: ill-treatment, beatings, abductions, and rapes of women.
  10. April 30: Nazar Kahalniak, a former service member, died of torture by russians in the Kherson region.
  11. April 30: Zaporizhzhia RMA reported that as of April 28, the occupiers had abducted 213 civilians in the Zaporizhzhia region, 88 of whom are still in captivity.
  • russian propaganda distorts the idea of this aid and replaces notions. In addition, they failed to mention why the United States provides military assistance to Ukraine. US support for Ukraine is primarily aimed at protecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and preserving its sovereignty. The United States would not be destroying russia economically or diplomatically if russia had not started a war against Ukraine.
  • The thing is that Europe does not celebrate Victory Day on May 9. This holiday was created by the USSR and adopted by russia. The holiday’s purpose is to appropriate the victory over Nazi Germany only to russia, degrading other countries’ contributions. Europe traditionally celebrates victory over Nazism on May 8, as does Ukraine. In addition, the United States does not plan or conduct provocations to disrupt pro-russian events. If there had been such cases in Europe, Ukrainians probably would have done it on their own initiative, or russian provocateurs themselves could have aggressively disrupted the attempt to celebrate May 9 to document it and spread fake news of the United States disrupting Victory Day celebrations.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 11

  • Threats from russia: russia’s victory will come when its soldiers reach the Polish border on foot.
  • russia’s GDP growth is possible if certain conditions are met and the IMF’s economic “recipes” are rejected.
  • Ukraine’s southern territories should become part of russia.

Now the TRUTH

  • By making such statements, the enemy directly threatens to seize the entire territory of Ukraine. Interestingly, the statements contradict other russian disinformation, namely that Poland allegedly claims the western part of Ukraine. Thus, russian propaganda is once again inconsistent and self-contradictory. However, the truth is that russia will not win, and Ukraine will undoubtedly return all the temporarily occupied territories.
  • Hardly anything can be done to keep russia’s economy from falling except for cooking the statistics, according to which russia’s GDP will grow, not drop. Sanctions, companies leaving the market, restrictions on exports and foreign exchange inflows, and the bankruptcy of individual companies inevitably lead to the collapse of the russian economy. As for the IMF’s recipes, the countries working with the IMF undertake to change something in such a way as to achieve sustainable economic growth and reduce the budget deficit. Ukraine does it, being committed to reforms to support the economy.
  • This is another threat from russia. However, Ukrainian authorities do not abandon or surrender the country’s southern regions. Fighting for every piece of Ukrainian land continues.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 10

  • The fake stories of Ukrainian propaganda proved inaccurate: putin did not declare war or mobilization during the May 9 parade.
  • russian media outlets spread information that “despite the unsuccessful sowing campaign, grain is trucked out in large quantities from the Odesa and Mykolayiv regions to pay for the land lease and accuse russia of a new Holodomor.” The idea is “thrown” into the information space despite Ukraine’s plans to export grains.
  • Armed Forces “failed to destroy russian Raptor boats near Snake Island,” as reported by several russian Telegram channels referring to unspecified “sources close to the military operation.” They also said that “the ships’ crews did not sustain injuries.”

Now the TRUTH

  • Ukraine did not create any such fake items. Instead, Ukrainian intelligence predicted that russia might (!) openly declare mobilization for the war against Ukraine. Western officials also said that russia might (!) consider different scenarios for May 9, e.g., declaring the annexation of the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, intensifying the offensive on Odesa, or declaring complete control over Mariupol. None of the predictions failed because russia had no victories, no successes, but the total failure of this whole “special operation.”
  • Ukraine does not use grain as a payment for the land lease. First, land lease debts can arise only if Ukraine wants to keep the military equipment obtained through this law after the war with russia. Any equipment destroyed or lost during the fighting is written off. Second, the sowing campaign continues. According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine will sow approximately 14.2 million hectares of agricultural land this season, i.e., 80% of last year’s figure of 16.9 million hectares. Third, the grain is trucked out by the occupiers smuggling it from the temporarily occupied regions. Because of the blocked ports, Ukraine cannot export about 25 million tons of grain.
  • On May 8, the Ukrainian military used the Bayraktar UAV to destroy a Project 11770 landing craft (Serna class) and two Raptor-class patrol boats near Snake Island. The strikes also killed 46 russian occupiers.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 9

  • Poles are so tired of Ukrainian refugees that emblems of the russian occupation army in the form of blue “Z’s” appear on police cars, presumably as a sign of support.
  • A group of Ukrainian service members left the territory of Azovstal in Mariupol carrying a white flag. A group of russians came out to meet the Ukrainian military, and this was supposedly the first contact of this kind since the beginning of the siege of Mariupol.
  • In Melitopol, Mariupol, Enerhodar, and the Kherson region, people go en masse to the Immortal Regiment and celebrate May 9.
  • The exploits of the heroes of the “special operation” in Ukraine repeat the heroic deeds committed during the Great Patriotic War.

Now the TRUTH

  • Blue markings on police cars in Poland mean that law enforcement officers belong to a particular region (voivodeship) or police department. Thus, the mark “Z” or “ZZ” on a Polish police car will mean belonging to the Warsaw Headquarters, the mark “F” or “FF” to Lodz Voivodeship, “H ”or “ Y ” to Masovian Voivodeship, etc.
  • On May 7, the Ukrainian military implemented the civilian evacuation plan at Azovstal. Both Ukrainian and russian military members used white flags to evacuate civilians. According to the Azov Regiment, this procedure was carried out for the fourth time. Evacuations of civilians from Azovstal, on which Ukraine had been working together with the United Nations, began on May 1. On May 7, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said all women, children, and the elderly had been evacuated from Azovstal.
  • It is unlikely that residents of the temporarily occupied cities volunteered to rally. First, the occupiers can force residents to act in their favor in these cities. Second, russian propaganda could bring actors and stalking horses from other temporarily occupied territories to town to create a “picture” of the May 9 celebrations.
  • Ruscists repeat in Ukraine the crimes committed by the Soviet army during the Second World War: looting, rape, attacking strategic facilities sustaining cities, deporting Ukrainians to russia’s depressed regions, and organizing genocide.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on May 6

  • Ukraine is a “leader” in the criminal trafficking of human organs.
  • Mariupol has finally become “Mariupol [written in russian]:” updated russian-language road signs have appeared at the entrance to the “liberated” city.
  • russian passports have been obtained by 386 thousand inhabitants of the DNR under a simplified procedure.
  • russian “oil embargo” will mean economic suicide for the European Union.

Now the TRUTH

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Burma (Myanmar), China, the Comoros, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, South Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, and russia are human and organ trafficking “leaders.” Ukraine has never been included in such “rankings”.
  • To begin with, russia did not liberate Mariupol but occupied it. Second, russia is cynically changing road signs from Ukrainian and English to russian, which means they were made in advance. This is another confirmation that russia prepared to seize the city and establish its control over it.
  • Under the guise of the so-called “simplified procedure,” russia forcefully issues passports. It was busy doing that in the temporarily occupied territories at the end of last summer before the State Duma elections in russia. However, according to Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council data, about 630,000 russian passports had already been issued to residents of the occupied parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Ukrainian government and the EU declared those documents illegal and invalid. Getting a passport was compulsory. Most of the passports were issued to local government officials, teachers, and doctors who risk losing their jobs without a russian ID. Besides, the passports helped those going to work in russia, which is sometimes the only source of income given employment problems within the ORDLO. Also, according to the OSCE SMM, russian passports were used to lure ORDLO residents to join the illegal armed groups.
  • Five Western sanctions packages against russia have not stopped the invasion of Ukraine, but the expected russian oil embargo will cause the country severe pain. putin did not believe the West would become united enough to end its dependence on russian fossil fuels. But russian atrocities in Bucha, Mariupol, Volnovakha, and hundreds of other Ukrainian settlements forced the Western world to change its mind about russia. The biggest surprise was how far the EU was ready to go. Thus, the President of the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen, proposes to ban the import of all russian oil, crude and refined. The consequences of such a decision will be inconceivable for russia since 45% of its budget is revenue from oil exports, or even all 70% if we include petroleum products in the calculation. The embargo will mean that putin will have nothing to invest in his hungry army. 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on May 5

  • The Ukrainian army destroys Orthodox churches and kills priests.
  • The grandfather of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was an SS lieutenant general who fought on the Eastern Front. He was also a participant in the First World War, fighting on the “Russian” front.
  • The mayor of Konotop banned the so-called canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church from his community.

Now the TRUTH

  • According to the State Service for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience estimates, russia destroyed at least 59 churches and temples in eight regions of Ukraine in the first month of the war alone. That makes about two temples destroyed and damaged each day.
  • Fritz Scholz, whom russian propaganda named Olaf Scholz’s grandfather, was with the SS and died in a battle against the Soviet army in 1944. But he had no children. A German news agency found relevant evidence in the Federal Archives of Germany. The agency also asked the Federal Press Service of the German government whether Fritz Scholz was indeed Olaf Scholz’s grandfather, to which they replied: “That is complete nonsense.” Olaf Scholz’s real grandfather was a railway worker. Scholz is a common name in Germany, with more than 30 thousand citizens carrying it.
  • Konotop Mayor Artem Semenikhin banned the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the moscow patriarchate in the Konotop community. It will be recalled that the moscow patriarchate is a hotbed of racism in Ukraine, a gathering place for FSB officers and spies. Even during the Covid pandemic, the patriarchate was virtually ready to kill Ukrainians by prohibiting them from wearing masks, getting vaccinated, and organizing mass events.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on May 4

  • The West wants to privatize its victory in World War II, making its nations the winners and the russian people the “enduring ones.”
  • Operators of Kherson, Skadovsk, and Nova Kakhovka in the south of Ukraine are connected to the russian Internet after Kyiv cut off communications in the border regions.
  • Over 1.1 million refugees have arrived in russia from the DPR, LPR, and Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH

  • European countries and the United States traditionally celebrate Victory Day on May 8. Ukraine celebrates the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. In 1945, the Act of Unconditional Military Surrender of the German Armed Forces came into force at 11:01 p.m. on May 8. At the same time, at the request of the USSR, on May 8, 1945, another “Act of Military Surrender” of Germany was signed in the German capital’s district of Karlshorst at 22:43 Central European Time and at 00:43 Moscow time on May 9. It reaffirmed a similar document, signed the day before in Reims. This date marked the time of the ceasefire on May 9 at 01:01 Moscow time. Therefore, Victory Day in the USSR and the countries occupied by it was celebrated on May 9. The communist regime of the USSR deliberately set a different date for the victory from the rest of Europe. The Soviet Union, succeeded by the russian federation, turned May 9 into an instrument of propaganda to achieve political goals, incite war, and justify their crimes against humanity. That is why the celebration of Victory Day in Ukraine on May 9 is illogical and unacceptable, especially after the start of a full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
  • russia redirected Internet traffic in the occupied Kherson region via its communications infrastructure. On Saturday, April 30, the independent Internet monitoring company NetBlocks documented the almost complete Internet shutdown in the occupied Kherson region for such operators as Ukrtelecom, Kyivstar, and Volia. The regional provider “Skynet” (Khersontelecom) restored the connection in a few hours. However, data indicated that traffic was going through russia via the Crimean provider Miranda (Rostelecom). Since the network connection was routed through russian rather than Ukrainian telecommunications infrastructure, it is likely to be subject to regulation, surveillance, and censorship.
  • Since the beginning of the full-scale war, up to 1.1 million people have been deported from Ukraine, including nearly 200,000 children. Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denysova said the occupiers created filtration camps and corridors for Ukrainians. Among other things, Ukrainian children, including orphans, are illegally taken to russia. The Foreign Ministry had warned of the threat of their illegal adoption. CNN conducted an investigation in April that showed that russians had taken Mariupol residents to a filtration center in the village of Bezimenne, to get them registered before sending them to russia – many against their will.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 10 a.m. on May 3

  • Soldiers of the 93rd Independent Kholodnyi Yar Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote a refusal to continue their service.
  • It is to the Poles’ advantage to divide Ukraine according to the Yugoslav scenario: russia will remain under sanctions, while Warsaw will get Western Ukraine.
  • During the protests in Odesa on May 2, 2014, Ukrainian nationalists burned alive the opponents of the new Ukrainian regime in the House of Trade Unions, leaving 42 people killed in a fire.

Now the TRUTH

  • None of the official resources of the 93rd Independent Kholodnyi Yar Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirms that the Brigade’s members wrote statements refusing further service. Such pieces are disseminated only on russian Telegram channels. The official website of the 93rd Brigade already warned that the enemy had created the HolodniyYar Telegram Channel to demoralize the Brigade’s service members and their families and conduct informational and psychological operations against the Armed Forces as a whole. russians use them to often publish documents found on the battlefield, e.g., passes granting access to the unit’s territory or the soldier’s name patches, and pass them off for dead. It is done to sow panic among their relatives and friends. The enemy also publishes lists of the service members, who are allegedly in captivity. They post written complaints from soldiers refusing to go to the frontlines. Of course, a thousands-strong army might have some people like that during intense hostilities. However, the russians are trying to pass off isolated cases as a mass phenomenon, which is a lie.
  • Neither Poland nor any other Western country wants to seize Ukrainian territories, unlike russia, which has occupied parts of Ukraine since 2014 and is trying to capture new territories during the full-scale war. Also, Poland’s entry into the war is likely impossible because the country is a NATO member. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would not deploy its combat units in Ukraine. In addition, Vice-Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Ryszard Terletsky stressed that Poland supported Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and assured us of continuing such support in the future.
  • According to forensic experts, the fire in the House of Trade Unions was not planned beforehand. Both sides used inflammatory mixtures (Molotov cocktails) during the clashes. The perpetrators were not identified, and the initiated criminal proceedings stopped at the stage of pre-trial investigation and trial. Occasionally organizers of the pro-russian protests are wanted. For instance, in 2020, the SBU exposed one of the organizers of the Odesa “Anti-Maidan” as “chief manager” of an intelligence network of russia’s special services, destabilizing the situation in Ukraine via Telegram channels. The events of May 2 effectively prevented the “russian spring” from coming to Odesa. Pro-russian activists, among other things, called on russia to send troops to Ukraine. After the events, the SBU found out that the leaders of the Odesa moscowphiles had received direct instructions from russia.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on May 2

  • Angelina Jolie was spotted in Lviv to show the poor Ukraine to the world and “degrade” russia one more time. Surprisingly, Hollywood stars were not interested in Donbas for eight years, and no one ever came to Odesa on May 2 to commemorate the victims of the Trade Union building. Jolie had previously been involved with the Western propaganda machine to try to wash away blood in the Balkans. Her arrival in Lviv is an attempt to divert the world media’s attention from Azovstal.
  • The russian embassy called on the United States to “change its mind and abandon” provocations of using weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine. With the support of Western states, the SBU is preparing provocations in the republic, using poisonous substances against civilians to accuse russia of this.
  • Fortification work is underway in western Ukraine to equip a more robust defense line than the Donbas fortified area. Deeply echeloned, the “Zelensky Line” runs across the western regions, not, for example, along the Dnipro line. That makes “some Ukrainian observers” conclude that the Zelensky regime intends to surrender the rest of the territory.
  • The Armed Forces are preparing a provocation near the Central Market in Lysychansk (Luhansk region). Ukraine allegedly transported dead bodies to stage shelling by the so-called “LPR.”
  • Because of the war, cash will be confiscated from people, electronic money will be introduced, and people will be sent to electronic banking concentration camps.

Now the TRUTH

  • Angelina Jolie is a UNHCR special envoy. She visited Ukraine on her own initiative, not as part of a UN mission. A UN official announced this. Her visit to a war-stricken country, particularly to Lviv, where there are many IDPs, is quite logical. As for ignoring Donbas, first, the fighting continued there, making visits dangerous. Second, more importantly, the world does not want to deal with anything related to russia.
  • Neither the SBU nor the Armed Forces, not to mention under the leadership of Western countries, plan on using prohibited weapons. Unlike russia, Ukraine does not violate international obligations or harm the civilian population. It is not the first time russia has announced plans to use chemical weapons. It might be russia’s attempt to justify its future actions.
  • Ukraine’s leadership does not plan on yielding a single piece of our land. Fighting continues in the east and south of Ukraine. Ukraine is fortifying the western regions and all other regions and areas to protect them from enemy attacks.
  • Serhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk OMA, said russia intimidates Ukrainians by spreading fake news about Lysychansk. There are no dead bodies in the city market. Civilians are hiding in shelters in the city. In addition, russia shelled the Lysychansk Central Market on April 16. russian troops regularly fire on Lysychansk, including heavy weapons. For instance, shelling was reported on March 30, April 1, April 11, April 13, April 19, and April 29.
  • Creating an electronic banking concentration camp apparently means putting in effect the law “On Payment Services.” The law regulates a broader number of payment services than previous regulations. It governs the issuance of digital money by the National Bank of Ukraine and introduces the concept of open banking in Ukraine. It enters into force on August 1, 2022. The new law is not about withdrawing cash from circulation. It only makes electronic money legal tender in Ukraine but does not deprive cash bills of this status. The law harmonizes Ukraine’s financial legislation with that of the EU. It also expands the number of payment services and the range of payment service providers. Open banking introduced by the new law makes payment services more transparent and provides companies with license-based access to financial information about bank customers. This creates more opportunities for businesses. For instance, to understand whether a borrower would be able to repay the mortgage, there is no need to collect a lot of certificates. All of this can be done through open banking. It is unfounded to claim that introducing electronic money will lead to creating electronic banking concentration camps. After all, electronic money enhances access to financial services, makes it cheaper to remit, reduces corruption risks, and curbs criminal financial schemes and tax evasion. Using electronic cash empowers people, not restricts them. Sweden and the Bahamas have the experience of introducing electronic money. As a result of war, famine is possible in emerging countries where people spend most of their income on food, e.g., in the Middle East or North Africa.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on May 1

  • Many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will be paying for the land lease.
  • The land lease bill was registered in January. It means that Washington was well aware of the imminent start of the war and was fully prepared for it.
  • A prolonged curfew will be imposed in Odesa during the May holidays since the Ukrainian authorities do not want citizens to come out to honor those killed in the Trade Union Building on May 2.
  • The Diia app is a tool to create electronic banking concentration camps. The app has access to your contacts and bank accounts, and those who lost income due to hostilities had better not install it to receive financial aid (eSupport).

Now the TRUTH

  • Overall, debts can arise only if Ukraine wants to keep the military equipment received under a land lease after the war with russia. However, all equipment destroyed and lost during the fighting is written off.
  • The senators presented a project to supply weapons to Ukraine under a land lease in early January. However, collecting senators’ signatures began on January 19, 2022, and ended only on March 24, 2022. Only then was it submitted to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. However, presenting the project to the Senate does not guarantee its approval.
  • On April 30, 2022, operatives and investigative police, together with the State Bureau of Investigations, detained criminals and collaborators planning to organize mass riots and protests in Odesa on May 2, 2022. Weapons, explosives, and instructions for sabotage and reconnaissance groups (DRG) were seized.
  • The Diia app does not store personal data. It only displays information from other state registers as requested by identified citizens. In addition, during registration, Diia users allow access to information from the bank to determine their personality, namely their full name, passport, ITIN, phone number, and email address. However, Diia does not request access to credit card information from the bank, nor is it provided by users. Therefore, the app does not contain information of this nature. Diia does not go to your contacts or bank accounts or help create electronic banking concentration camps. About 5 million Ukrainians applied to receive financial aid of 6,500 hryvnias under the eSupport program.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 2 p.m. on April 29

  • Under the pretext of the May military exercises, Poland “plans on establishing military and political control over the western regions of Ukraine.”
  • Privatbank, Monobank and Oschadbank charge UAH 3,000 to each user. From May 1, PrivatBank will annul funds on Ukrainians’ cards.
  • Mexico has applied to join CSTO.
  • Zelensky said Ukraine initiated a conflict with russia.
  • russia cannot use chemical weapons because it destroyed all of its significant Soviet-era stocks several years ago.

Now the TRUTH

  • The danger is that this narrative is propagated among the russian-speaking audience not only by explicitly propagandistic media outlets of the russian federation but also by the so-called russian opposition members. According to the “opposition’s” forecasts, Poland will take away part of Ukraine if russia invades Donbas and the country’s south. The world picked up on this idea. Reuters published an article titled “Russian spy chief says U.S., Poland plotting division of Ukraine.” Poland has denied all allegations, stressing that lies of russian origin about Poland’s plans to attack Ukraine have been circulating for several years. russia disinforms the world through various communication channels claiming that Ukraine’s fate as a state will be decided in June.
  • The state makes monthly payments to internally displaced persons (IDPs) using eSupport cards: UAH 2,000 for adults and UAH 3,000 for children and persons with disabilities. The funds can be obtained through Privatbank, Monobank, and Sberbank. To obtain the money, it is necessary to register as an IDP in Diia or at an Administrative Services Center. However, this money comes as social assistance from the state, not banks. Back in April, PrivatBank announced that the Bonus+ program would cease to operate on May 1. By the end of April, card users could use the funds from their accounts as they see fit or transfer them to the Armed Forces. All the funds parked in the accounts on May 1 will be automatically transferred for the needs of the Ukrainian army.
  • This is fictional news. The primary source of the “news piece” is the satirical outlet Panorama. The Panorama website clearly says that all news items are not accurate, merely satire and fiction. Panorama is a satirical site, and all the pieces published here are fictional. However, their articles are often perceived as real news. Therefore, we draw the attention of other media outlets disseminating Panorama pieces to the need to indicate that the news stories on this site are fictional.
  • In reality, Volodymyr Zelensky says in the interview that russia could attack Ukraine at any moment and, therefore, Ukraine was forced to prepare. “But we did not expect a full-scale invasion to occur when it did. We realized there was such a risk. Honestly, we’d agreed on some things with certain countries back in December and on some things in January. And we’d wanted to get it all earlier to be calm if there was an invasion,” Zelensky said. Zelensky did not say Ukraine started a conflict with russia or was preparing to start one.
  • On April 11, Russian occupation forces used a poisonous substance of unknown origin against the Ukrainian military and civilians in Mariupol dropped from an enemy UAV. Victims had respiratory failure and vestibulo-atactic syndrome. A few hours before the attack on Mariupol, the Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council warned that the occupiers wanted to use chemical weapons against the Ukrainian military holding the fort in Mariupol’s Azovstal. That followed from the statements by the ORDLO “military” representative E.Basurina: “At the moment, it’s necessary to deal with this plant’s blockade, find all the ins and outs. In principle, it’s possible to do so. And then, I think, we should turn for help to the chemical troops that will find a way to smoke the moles out of their burrows.” At the same time, the occupiers began a disinformation campaign to discredit the Armed Forces based on the fake news of the Ukrainian military using chemical weapons. The enemy started to actively disseminate an occupier’s comment regarding this across pro-russian Telegram channels.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on April 28

  • Kyiv residents are forbidden to visit cemeteries to hide the Armed Forces’ losses.
  • russia captured Rubizhne in the Luhansk region. At least, for the fourth time.
  • To prevent the Third World War, it is necessary to eliminate its center, i.e., Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH

  • First, no one forbade Kyiv residents from visiting cemeteries. They were advised to refrain from going there. Second, the Kyiv City State Administration explains its recommendations by the fact that the capital has come under frequent missile strikes, leaving civilians killed and houses, schools, and kindergartens damaged. There have been cases of shelling cemeteries. The Kyiv City State Administration requests that no crowds should gather at cemeteries, not to endanger themselves and their loved ones.
  • russia has announced several times during the full-scale war against Ukraine that it has captured Rubizhne. However, that is not true: the enemy storms the city several times a day, but it still has not managed to seize it.
  • Ukraine did not start a war against russia, but russia announced the beginning of a full-scale war against Ukraine on February 24. Besides, it is believed that World War III will be nuclear. However, Ukraine does not have nuclear weapons. We got rid of them under the Budapest Memorandum. A nuclear state, russia could unleash the Third World War.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on April 27

  • russian troops’ actions did not pose any danger at the Chornobyl and Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plants.
  • russia does not use Tochka-U missiles, only Iskanders and Kalibr missiles.
  • The Ukrainian side destroys railways with explosives and accuses russia of missile strikes.

Now the TRUTH

  • russian troops planted explosive munitions on the territories of the ChNPP and ZNPP. If they detonated, the stations could be damaged, and radiation could leak. In addition, the occupiers did not allow the Chornobyl station workers to rotate, so they worked for 600 hours instead of 12. Overtime work under occupation posed threats to how the workers performed their tasks to maintain the safe operation of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
  • russia continues to use Tochka-U systems, even though it has previously announced that “obsolete systems” were withdrawn from service. Independent investigators from InformNapalm and the Conflict Intelligence Team confirmed russia’s use of these systems. Using the russian Tochka-U has been documented in the Donetsk and Chernihiv regions.
  • On April 25, russia fired missiles at the critical infrastructure of Zhmerynka and Koziatyn. The missile strike resulted in deaths and injuries. At the same time, there was an explosion at the Krasne railway station in the Lviv region caused by a missile strike. Overall, five railway stations in central and western Ukraine came under fire.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on April 26

  • the russian occupiers save the population of Mariupol from a humanitarian catastrophe provoked by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, organizing evacuations and distributing humanitarian aid.
  • The purpose of russia’s “special military operation” is to save civilians’ lives, said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of russia’s State Duma.
  • Curators from Western intelligence services instructed the Ukrainian military to kill putin’s journalists.
  • The Anglo-Saxons see no humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine, and they only provide us with weapons to make money on it.

Now the TRUTH

  • The russian occupiers provoked the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol. Evacuations, as the ruscists refer to them, are in effect deportations of civilians to the temporarily occupied DNR and LNR or russia’s most depressed regions. On Easter day alone, russia deported 150 people from Mariupol. Overall, around 33,000 cases of deporting Mariupol residents are known. As for the so-called humanitarian aid, according to the adviser to the Mariupol mayor Petro Andriushchenko, the occupiers handed out 5,650 food kits per 100,000 people remaining in the city. That is, one set for 17.7 people.
  • 3,818 civilians were killed and more than 4,000 injured due to russian aggression, said Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova. Venediktova noted that the figure known to the Prosecutor’s Office is just as incorrect as the one provided in UN statistics since it does not include the blocked city of Mariupol and those localities in the Kyiv region that the Prosecutor’s Office cannot yet enter.
  • The russian occupiers have committed 74 crimes against journalists during the war in Ukraine. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy said the warriors of the information front were murdered, abducted, and intimidated, as evidenced by Office of the Prosecutor General data. In the first 40 days of the war alone, the enemy killed 18 media workers, including 15 men and three women. At the same time, eight people (four men and four women) were abducted, and three journalists were missing. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, 13 media workers were injured and 15 intimidated by the occupiers.
  • Also, since February 24, 2022, the Western Regional Administration border guards have granted a pass to 30,386 vehicles with humanitarian aid (.) As of April 16, 270 thousand tons of humanitarian aid have been brought to Ukraine. The amount of charitable assistance received for Ukraine from people and corporations around the globe has reached almost $ 924 million. The bulk of the funds came from donors from the United Kingdom (47%), the Netherlands (around 18%), the Czech Republic (11%), and the United States (around 8%).

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on April 25

  • SBU prepared provocations in UOC-MP churches on Easter day. Proof of this is that the President’s Office warned only Greek Catholic churches not to hold mass gatherings on Easter Sunday. The UOC-MP did not receive such a warning.
  • The Ukrainian military destroyed Mariupol. Now, the same fate awaits Mykolayiv and Odesa.
  • Ukrainian “punishers” do not warn the civilian population of Mariupol about evacuations.
  • 145 million russians suffer innocently from sanctions.
  • According to the US scenario, the Kyiv authorities are preparing provocations with chemical weapons in Odesa.
  • SBU and UK special services are preparing a fake story in Lysychansk. Photo and video correspondents who worked in Bucha have already arrived to film a staged show.
  • The Ukrainian military does not know how to use Javelin and NLAW launchers.

Now the TRUTH

  • Unlike russia, Ukraine never organizes provocations against civilians. Before Easter, Ukrainian authorities warned all Ukrainians that the service would take place online, regardless of the church they attended, asking them to avoid crowded places. Given that russia spread fake news on the eve of Easter that the Armed Forces were planning to shell churches and temples, provocations should be expected from the russian military. Fortunately, no temples or churches were damaged on Easter day. Moreover, before Easter, the Ukrainian side had asked russia for an Easter truce, which russia ignored. For instance, yesterday, nine missiles were fired on Kremenchuk. On Easter day, russia also fired on Odesa. One of the missiles hit a residential building injuring the residents and killing three people, including a 3-month-old child.
  • The Ukrainian military did not destroy Mariupol or any other city. And it does not have plans to do that. russia has been shelling civilian infrastructure to ruin it.
  • Whenever it becomes possible to agree on a humanitarian corridor for Mariupol, the Ukrainian authorities notify the city residents. However, the corridors are usually disrupted because the russians do not observe the regime of silence.
  • russians do not innocently suffer from sanctions. The fact is that every russian paying taxes on russia finances the war and the murder of Ukrainians. Every russian silent about the war, stubbornly calling it a special operation, supports the russian information front. Therefore, in addition to inflicting direct losses on russia and limiting its ability to finance the war from the budget directly, sanctions aim to create pressure on russia’s population that can influence its authorities to change the course of the war.
  • Unlike russia, Ukraine does not use prohibited weapons, including chemical weapons. russia’s claims about Ukraine allegedly preparing to use chemical weapons are likely an attempt to turn the tide and accuse the Armed Forces of crimes committed by the russian armed forces. According to intelligence and SBU data, russia might use chemical weapons in Mariupol to “smoke” the city’s defenders out of Azovstal.
  • Bucha is not a fake story, just like Borodianka, Irpin, and many other cities. In addition to photo and video evidence of russia’s atrocities, there are numerous testimonies from city residents about who killed, tortured, and raped the city’s civilians. As for Lysychansk, Ukraine is not preparing any staged shows. And journalists are needed to document all russia’s crimes.
  • There is no reason to believe that the Ukrainian military does not know how to use the Javelin and NLAW systems. However, the daily statistics of the General Staff about the equipment lost daily by russia is proof of the Armed Forces’ skillful use of the anti-tank missile systems.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 22

  • There is increasing demand for the Feniks mobile operator’s services in the “liberated” areas of the Donetsk region.
  • Despite opposition from the “militants” of the Armed Forces, russia managed to evacuate 142,000 civilians from Mariupol.
  • The head of the Provisional Administration of the Liberated Territories of the Kharkiv Oblast, V. Hanchev, said, “a referendum on the status of Kharkiv Oblast is not ruled out. Still, the residents did not show any initiative.”

Now the TRUTH

  • First, not in the “liberated” areas but in areas temporarily occupied by russian troops. And second, Feniks in the Donetsk region and Lugacom in the Luhansk region are mobile operators of the occupiers. It is impossible to call from their numbers to any country or even to free territories of Ukraine except russia. As a matter of fact, these operators limit the possibility of communication for people, being part of the forced accession to russia.
  • “russia evacuated” means russia illegally deported people to its territories. People from the temporarily occupied cities can be sent to filtration camps, where their documents are taken from them, and temporary certificates are issued. Then people are sent to russia’s most disadvantaged and depressed regions. Overall, russia has deported over half a million Ukrainians and banned them from leaving. A “special document” is issued to them, according to which it is forbidden to leave russia for two years. Most Ukrainians are sent to northern regions and Sakhalin. Also, more than 20,000 Ukrainians are kept in filtration camps in russia.
  • Vitaliy Hanchev is working for the russian military, helping the occupiers and calling on the locals to be loyal to russia. According to the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Hanchev sided with the occupiers in March. He is suspected of treason and collaboration. According to the Myrotvorets website, Hanchev moved to Luhansk in 2013 and worked in the militia structures of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 21

  • Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Viktoria Kalachova announced that the “Immortal Regiment” will be held in the city on May 9. According to Kalachova, it is “the most important and patriotic event to be held on May 9 this year.”
  • The city of Rubizhne in the Luhansk People’s Republic finally came under the control of russian troops, and the russian flag was raised at the entrance to the city, said ramzan kadyrov on the evening of April 20.
  • We are told tales of 4% inflation, although store prices have risen by 50%.
  • The Azov Regiment has taken hostages at the Azovstal plant and behaves like a terrorist group.
  • On the Azov coast, Ukrainian nationalists raised orphans as Nazis with the help of drugs.
  • Shoigu: Mariupol is now “liberated,” the situation there is “quiet,” and more than 2,000 “nationalists are securely blocked in Azovstal.”

Now the TRUTH

  • Self-proclaimed pseudo-deputy mayor Viktoriia Kalachova and self-proclaimed pseudo-mayor Konstiantyn Ivashchenko are OPFL deputies at the Mariupol City Council. They are, in effect, collaborators who have now become the city’s puppet leaders, appointed by the occupiers. However, it is unclear how the Immortal Regiment propaganda campaign can occur in Mariupol if the city is almost completely destroyed. Moreover, the city’s self-proclaimed authorities are probably preparing this act so that putin will have at least some kind of victory by May 9 that he could boast about to russians. After all, russia is short of real wins.
  • According to the evening summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on April 20, the russians reportedly failed to gain a foothold in the western and north-western parts of Rubizhne. Head of Luhansk OMA Serhiy Haidai confirmed it on April 21.
  • According to the State Statistics Service, inflation in March was 4.5% compared to February. Prices for vegetables and fruits increased the most, e.g., by 34% for onions, 25% for beets, 27% for carrots, and 23% for potatoes. But for none of the items included in the inflation calculation, the past month’s growth amounted to 50%. It should be noted that the State Statistics Service includes estimates from the most popular chain stores. However, some sellers may set high speculative prices due to inflated demand created by panic and fear of possible shortages.
  • Like other Mariupol defenders, the Azov Regiment does not hold hostages in the Azovstal plant. People are hiding in the plant’s storage facilities seeking protection from the constant shelling by the occupiers. The plant is one of the last places in the city to hide in, but the occupiers keep destroying it with air bombs and artillery shelling.
  • There is no reason to claim that the so-called “nationalists” (by which the propagandists probably meant the Azov Regiment) raised Nazi orphans with the help of drugs. Such russian allegations are usually accompanied by fake photos and videos showing Nazi symbols and unknown substances.
  • Since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, Ukrainian defenders have been fighting the superior enemy force in Mariupol in the face of a humanitarian catastrophe caused by constant russian shelling. The “blocked nationalists” are about 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children, the elderly, and 500 wounded soldiers. On April 18, Azovstal suffered from a heavy bombing that left the plant practically destroyed. russian shelling disrupted humanitarian corridors.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 20

  • Ukrainian service members do not receive their salary; they repair equipment at their own expense.
  • Ukraine did not declare war on russia because its “Western curators” do not allow it. This is another confirmation that Ukraine is not a sovereign state.
  • “Nazis” in Mariupol have repeatedly tried to leave the city under the guise of civilians or children whose parents they killed. 80% of the “Nazis” in Azovstal are willing to surrender, but the remaining 20% do not allow them to do so.
  • Ukrainian troops flee Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk, and Lysychansk after the russian offensive.

Now the TRUTH

  • During martial law, all service members are paid their basic monthly salary and an extra remuneration of UAH 30,000 per month. Depending on service members’ qualifications and rank, for example, the financial support (salary) for a rifleman of the Land Forces amounts to UAH 43,233 (extra remuneration included), and that for a brigade commander of the Land Forces is UAH 62,962. Service members taking part in hostilities or in national security and defense ops repelling the armed aggression directly in the areas where these events take place receive an additional remuneration of UAH 100,000 per month in proportion to the time spent in hostilities. In particular, riflemen of the Land Forces receive UAH 113,244 per month (extra remuneration included), and brigade commanders UAH 132,962.
  • Ukraine did not declare war on russia because it was not going to attack it. Instead, russia that attacked Ukraine hides behind the fictitious term “special military operation,” refusing to admit that it started a war against Ukraine. Ukraine’s assistance from Western partners is not a manifestation of “external governance.” The Constitution defines Ukraine as a sovereign state and remains unchanged. Ukraine’s sovereignty has been violated by russia, which has been occupying our territories since 2014.
  • Mariupol fighters do not use civilians as cover. Quite the opposite: one of the latest videos from the Azovstal plant, disseminated by the Azov Regiment, shows people hiding in the plant’s storage facilities being protected by the Mariupol’s defenders. There is no reason to say that the defenders of Mariupol want to surrender the city but are not allowed to do so. On the contrary, the city’s defenders keep saying they will hold the line, but they need additional weapons, an unblocked city, and green corridors for the civilians.
  • As of 6:00 a.m. on April 20, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the opposite: after the russian occupiers attempted to storm Rubizhne and Severodonetsk, about 130 wounded enemy soldiers were taken to a local hospital in Novoaidar.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 19

  • A video of thousands of Mariupol residents in the storage facilities in the Azovstal plant appeared online. It is a fake video by the Ukrainian authorities. In reality, there are only Azov fighters in Azovstal. According to another version, these women decided to share the same destiny with the Azov Regiment members.
  • The United States is dragging out the “special operation” because it is ready to fight “to the last Ukrainian.”
  • Ukraine fired cluster munitions on a village near Belgorod, russia.
  • moscow does not intend to change the regime in Ukraine, and the people will have freedom of choice.
  • Bayraktar UAVs were destroyed in the first weeks of the war. Ukraine is currently using homemade drones.
  • Ukraine is conducting forced mobilization, and evasion of enlistment is common. Meanwhile, there is no mobilization in russia at all.

Now the TRUTH

  • There is no reason to claim that the video of people hiding in Azovstal is fake. Moreover, it is illogical to say that these people deliberately decided to die with the Azov members. Therefore, they are hiding in the shelter to save their lives. russia uses such reports to justify the killings of civilians it might commit during the storming of Azovstal.
  • The United States has nothing to do with the so-called “special operation.” Our partners are helping us with weapons, which in the propagandists’ opinion, is the dragging out of the war. After all, foreign weapons also help us maintain our defense. russia is waging war and has begun its second phase, i.e., intense attacks on Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions.
  • Ukraine did not fire on Belgorod or any other region or city of russia. russia organizes provocations by shelling its own territories and blaming Ukraine for it. Moreover, russia is threatening to strike Kyiv and other cities because of those shellings.
  • russia has already changed regimes even in the temporarily occupied territories, preparing for illegal referendums (e.g., in Kherson), confiscating school textbooks and rewriting the curriculum, destroying monuments to the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, and establishing a military commandant’s office. What is this, if not regime change, and what kind of freedom of choice can we talk about?
  • There is no official evidence that Ukraine no longer has Bayraktar UAVs in its arsenal. On the contrary, there is a version where the strike on the missile cruiser Moskva was carried out successfully because a Bayraktar drone had distracted the ship’s crew. Since the war’s first days, russia has reported nearly daily that it has destroyed all of Ukraine’s air force. However, our air defenses are intact and working.
  • There is no forced mobilization in Ukraine, with only the second wave of mobilization underway. Service members who have done compulsory military service or served under a contract since 2014 are being called up. Violators, too, can be handed draft cards, but it is not a compulsory call-up. In contrast, covert mobilization is underway in russia, according to the Central Intelligence Agency and SBU.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 18

  • ”Weak” NATO is not ready for war and has exhausted its armed and financial capacity.
  • russia does not use mobile crematoriums on Ukraine’s territory.
  • The entire Mariupol area has been completely cleared of Azov militants, foreign mercenaries, and the Armed Forces.
  • The position of the missile and its serial number prove that the AFU fired the Tochka-U missile on the railway station.

Now the TRUTH

  • On April 13, Joe Biden announced another $ 800 million military aid package for Ukraine. The United States is switching to supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine because of the military escalation. CNN confirmed this on April 16. US authorities will speed up the supply of ammunition to Ukraine in connection with the escalation of hostilities in the east and south.
  • Mobile crematoriums were spotted in Ukraine in early March. Presumably, they would be used to burn the bodies of the dead occupiers to hide the actual number of victims. But after exposing the atrocities in Bucha, Irpin, and other Ukrainian cities, it became clear that it was not only about incinerating “their ilk.” On April 13, the leadership of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced that at least 13 mobile crematoriums had been spotted in Mariupol to clean the streets of the bodies of dead civilians. The intelligence also documented mobile crematoriums in the Chernihiv region and in Novoaidar, Luhansk region.
  • The Ukrainian military continues to defend Mariupol. After V. Zelensky’s statement regarding the Mariupol defenders, russia’s defense ministry said it had repeatedly “suggested that Kyiv withdraw troops from Mariupol in any direction to save the city and its people while it guaranteed the lives of nationalists, but Kyiv declined”. That is manipulation. The authorities have been trying to help the Mariupol defenders and population. However, it is almost impossible to deliver aid because of active hostilities and the enemy’s unwillingness to maintain the regime of silence.
  • The missile must have been launched from the city of Shakhtarsk, located on the territory of the so-called “DNR,” i.e., in the temporarily occupied part of the Donetsk region. Its serial number corresponds precisely to the missiles fired by militants on Snizhne in 2014 and the Syrian city of Idlib. 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on April 16

  • The Armed Forces are preparing a provocation in Lozova in the Kharkiv region similar to Kramatorsk’s. The Ukrainian Armed Forces can conduct such provocations throughout Ukraine, so city residents should not evacuate and leave their homes.
  • The crew of the cruiser Moskva survived, being evacuated immediately after the accident in Sevastopol.
  • The head of the DNR promised the residents of Mariupol to hire them to do restoration work with a salary of at least 30,000 rubles.
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces deployed at the oil refinery in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, were set on fire.
  • Ukraine’s Air Force no longer plays a role in the so-called “special operation” because all its combat aircraft and helicopters have been put out of operation. Again.

Now the TRUTH

  • If the enemy says that the Armed Forces are preparing a provocation or an attack, it means that russia does precisely that. As for the potential shelling of the Lozova railway station, the mayor has already confirmed that russia is indeed preparing to strike the city, so citizens are asked to evacuate as soon as possible and not ignore air raid alerts.
  • Only 14 members of the Moskva crew were taken to Sevastopol. The fate of the remaining 496 is unknown.
  • 95% of houses in Mariupol have been destroyed. Those residents who were not killed by russians or failed to evacuate were deported to filtration camps and remote and poor regions. In the propagandists’ opinion, it is unclear who should restore what and with what money. Besides, Mariupol remains under Ukraine’s control, and the fighting for the city continues. The propagandists’ plans for the city are a provocation within the context of the alleged capitulation of the Ukrainian government.
  • According to the head of the OMA, Serhiy Haidai, the russian military fired on the refinery. In addition, on April 16, the russians disrupted the evacuation of civilians from the city and fired on a column delivering bread.
  • Ukraine’s Air Force continues to operate. Since the war’s first day, russia has been saying almost daily that all of Ukraine’s air and air defense forces have been destroyed. However, on April 15 alone, our defenders shot down seven russian air targets: a plane, a helicopter, three UAVs, and two cruise missiles.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on April 15

  • According to the Law On Evacuation and Bill No.4142, they can take children to sanitariums. In the sanitariums, they will vaccinate children against COVID-19 without parental consent, and they might perform illegal organ transplant surgeries.
  • Special services and law enforcement agencies mine schools to get parents accustomed to such situations. Children get COVID-19 after the mining because they spray something in schools.
  • Neptune cruise missiles did not hit the guided-missile cruiser. It was a fire that caused the ammunition to detonate.
  • Ukrainian troops fired on three localities in the border regions of Bryansk and Belgorod. The Kursk regional governor said Ukrainian troops fired on a russian border checkpoint in the Korenevsky district of the russian federation. russia’s defense ministry said: “If such cases continue, the armed forces of the russian federation will strike at decision-making centers, including in Kyiv, from which the russian army has thus far refrained.”
  • The russian military is not involved in the mass killings of civilians in Bucha. Moreover, some versions contradict others from the same pro-russian sources: the first version links the deaths of civilians to the Azov Regiment, while the second to artillery fire by the AFU. Some versions call the killings “staged scenes involving actors.” Others recognize dead bodies but shift all responsibility to Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH

  • According to the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution “About approval of the Procedure for accounting of emergency situations,” the evacuated population is accommodated in hotels, sanatoriums, boarding houses, etc. However, neither this resolution nor draft law no. 4142 says anything about the vaccination of children against COVID-19 without parental consent or illegal organ transplant surgeries.
  • According to the SBU, the mines were planted by Internet users in the post-soviet countries and the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Citizens of Ukraine could also report mines planted in schools, motivated by hooliganism or entertainment. Russia’s special services engaged in pseudo-mining to put extra pressure on Ukraine, sow anxiety and panic in society. There is no reason to believe that children contract COVID-19 because a substance was sprayed in educational institutions. It will be recalled that SARS-CoV-2 is spread by contact with airborne droplets. People can also become infected if they first touch infected surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired two Neptune anti-ship missiles at the guided-missile cruiser Moskva. Besides, the cruiser overturned and began to sink in rough seas. According to russia’s defense ministry, the Moskva sank during the towing process. The latter fact cannot be confirmed yet, either by  Ukraine’s Defense Ministry or by the Pentagon, but the Armed Forces’ General Staff has already entered +1 ship among the enemy’s losses for the past day.
  • There is no evidence that Ukrainian troops shelled the Kursk, Bryansk, or Belgorod regions because the Ukrainian military did not perform any “fire tasks” (in the terminology of the russian ministry of defense ) there. This and other cases of “shelling” are the occupiers’ outright attempts to justify possible future strikes on the Ukrainian capital.
  • Besides the satellite images and drone videos, russia’s responsibility for the war crimes (murder, looting, rape, torture, etc.) in Bucha is confirmed by the locals who survived the occupation.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 7 p.m. on April 13

  • There would be no “special operation” had Kyiv listened to Medvedchuk’s ideas on normalizing relations with russia.
  • The World Bank and the UN argue over how many poor people Ukraine will have at the end of 2022: 70% or 90%.
  • BBC News has released a video allegedly proving that the Armed Forces struck Kramatorsk with a Tochka-U missile.
  • Separatist sentiment is growing in Zakarpattia. Most Uzhhorod and Mukachevo residents have already received Hungarian passports.

Now the TRUTH

  • Medvedchuk suggested that Ukraine purchase Russian gas; abandon the course toward the EU, revive friendship with Russia; refuse to cooperate with the IMF, abandon anti-corruption reforms; buy russia’s Sputnik V vaccine; investigate the “secret bio labs,” and whatnot. Also, Medvedchuk created an empire of controlled media and experts that had been the Kremlin’s mouthpieces for years. He headed the pro-russian OPFL party, whose leaders on the ground became self-proclaimed leaders of the temporarily occupied cities. He had amassed dirty billions of dollars to build residences that could compete with the estates of Yanukovych or Pshonka. Is this what Ukraine needed to avoid war? The question is rhetorical.
  • Comparing the World Bank and UN estimates is incorrect. The World Bank points out that the poverty rate in Ukraine could reach 70% of the national poverty rate, while the UN (more precisely UNDP) considers four possible scenarios. According to the worst scenario, those living below the poverty line and those who MAY cross the poverty line could amount to 90%. However, the UN takes into account the international poverty ratio of $ 5.5/day, not the national rate used by the World Bank.In addition, the World Bank and the United Nations estimates are based on assumptions that the war will last several months. Moreover, the forecast is based on active, ongoing hostilities in the north of Ukraine and the Kyiv region. However, the war’s course changes almost daily, so any predictions at such an early stage are still challenging to make. We will see that assessments of international organizations will constantly be changing over time. Also, the state of the Ukrainian economy will largely depend on the authorities and Ukrainians themselves.
  • The BBC denied the news. “Pro-Kremlin accounts are spreading a fake video they claim has been published by BBC News to prove the rocket strike on Kramatorsk Station was carried out by Ukraine. The video is totally fake. Don’t be misled. The BBC has made no such video,” Shayan Sardarizadeh, a BBC journalist reporting on disinformation, conspiracy theories, cults, and extremism, wrote on Twitter.
  • Besides the Kremlin spreading disinformation about separatism in Zakarpattia for years, the SBU recently identified the organizers of so-called “people’s republics” in the west of Ukraine. According to the SBU, the Kremlin had planned to create “people’s republics” in Ukraine’s western regions. The group began working to overthrow the constitutional order in the summer of 2021. The enemy intelligence officer organizing the “scheme” announced his intention to create a new democracy in Ukraine. If the current government “did not resign,” the group would use force. To seize power, the group had to recruit 500 militants, preferably former ATO service members, and provide them with weapons ().

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on April 13

  • Kyiv does not allocate money to the Kharkiv region as part of the initial aid package for the territories liberated from the occupiers. From this, it is concluded that Ukraine allegedly “has written Kharkiv off, admitting that russia will take it away.”
  • In the Chernihiv region, the nationalists continue to raid private homes, threatening people with physical violence and murder, and forcibly seizing food, valuables, and personal cars.
  • Sanctions primarily harm Europe and its citizens’ well-being, not russia.
  • Russia complains that in the territories it temporarily occupied, the children do not understand or know russian well enough, linking it to anti-russian Nazi propaganda.

Now the TRUTH

  • Kharkiv Oblast is not on this list only because it is not yet entirely free from russian troops, being partially under occupation. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stressed that the allocated one billion hryvnias is only the first stage of financial assistance, and “still a lot of work lies ahead to restore Ukraine” after our victory and liberation of all occupied regions in the east and south.
  • Ukraine’s real members of the emergency service, law enforcement, and armed forces do not raid private homes in Ukraine. However, the SES warned of fraudsters who, posing as SES officers, allegedly “check out homes for explosives” for money. Real demining work is done entirely free of charge, according to plans, and in order of priority.
  • Due to the sanctions imposed against russia, the country is gradually experiencing a shortage of various products. Production stops resulting in rising unemployment, and the entire economy goes down. Restrictions on russia’s FX transactions lead to a default of enterprises of state importance, such as the russian railways. Thus, sanctions are gradually destroying russia’s economy in the first place. As concerns the West, sanctions will primarily change European countries’ energy sector. The search for alternative ways of providing Europe with energy will eventually stabilize prices for domestic and industrial consumers.
  • Ukrainians understand each other very well, speaking both russian and Ukrainian. Even though restrictions on the use of russian apply in education, they do not affect the lives of children in particular and Ukrainians in general. The use of the russian language is restricted in services, television and radio broadcasting, book printing, etc. Again: it has never been a question of a total, strict ban. There are TV and radio broadcasting quotas, and it is possible to switch to a language convenient for the client in the service sector. As for anti-Russian propaganda, Ukraine has never tried to become an antipode of russia. The term “anti-russia” was created and used only by russia itself to justify its aggression against Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 11

  • Labour leader Keir Starmer was unable to visit Kyiv because he had COVID-19 for the 27th time.
  • Kyiv deliberately cut off the electricity supply to Melitopol, as announced by the city’s “mayor” Halyna Danylchenko.
  • The Kherson region’s residents are fleeing to Crimea not from the war but from the humanitarian catastrophe created by the Ukrainian authorities.
  • With the support of the collective West, Ukraine is preparing bloody provocations against the civilians in the LPR/DPR.

Now the TRUTH

  • Recent reports say that the leader of the UK Labour Party, Keir Starmer, tested positive for Covid for a second time on January 5 . On July 21, 2021, it was reported that he previously had to self-isolate four times after coming into contact with others testing positive.
  • The so-called “mayor” of Melitopol, Halyna Danylchenko, is a self-proclaimed head and, in effect, a collaborator. On March 11, the occupiers abducted Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov but later released him. On March 12, an opposition deputy, Halyna Danylchenko, called for people not to resist the occupiers and designated as extremists those who would. Danylchenko called for “adjusting to the new reality.” The collaborator said the city would now be governed by a “committee of people’s deputies” chaired by her.
  • Even if Kherson region residents flee, they do so from the war waged by russia. The occupiers are restricting supplies of food and medicine to the city. Therefore, the locals are fleeing the humanitarian catastrophe caused by russia in the city and region.
  • Allegations of bloody provocations are a continuation of the accusations against Ukraine regarding the missile strike on Kramatorsk. However, russia struck the Kramatorsk railway station, with the missiles most likely coming from the occupied territories. Ukraine does not conduct provocations toward civilians or civilian infrastructure, unlike russia, which consistently violates international norms regarding civilians.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 4 p.m. on April 10

  • New textbooks and literature that do not promote Nazism are delivered to the “liberated” localities. The previous textbooks teaching Nazism to the youth were created with the help of the Soros Foundation and the United Nations.
  • The russian federation’s “special operation” in Ukraine was necessary to stop the genocide committed by Ukraine against its population to fulfill its international obligations.
  • After visiting Kyiv, Boris Johnson gave Zelensky the task of conducting bloody provocations in Kharkiv and Odesa.
  • The new head of the Mariupol administration, Konstiantyn Ivashchenko, will restore the legend of Soviet machine-building, Azovmash. Ukraine has turned Mariupol into ruins, but russia will rebuild the city.

Now the TRUTH

  • Russia is rewriting history, trying to spread its propaganda at educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories. Moreover, Russia is even resuming the “educational process” in cities with ongoing hostilities, e.g., Volnovakha.
  • The International Renaissance Foundation (which Russia calls the Soros Foundation) and the United Nations have never obliged Ukraine to promote Nazism in its curricula. Neither the Foundation nor the United Nations encourages or supports Nazism or fascism.
  • Neither Boris Johnson nor any other Western partners oblige Ukraine to conduct bloody provocations. russia keeps shelling Kharkiv and Odesa. On April 10 alone, Russia struck Kharkiv 66 times. Russia fired on the Odesa region in the a.m. hours of April 8. There are constant threats of missile strikes on these cities.
  • russian troops destroyed Mariupol. The OPFL deputy of the Mariupol city council, Konstiantyn Ivashchenko, deliberately sided with the russian invaders. He publicly called on the Ukrainian military to lay down weapons and not resist the occupiers. 

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 10

  • Because of its defeat, Ukraine used the tactics of Syrian terrorists to destroy the railway station in Kramatorsk.
  • The OSCE in Donetsk has always testified in favor of Ukraine, not Donbas.
  • There will not be a humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol.
  • Residents of Nova Kakhovka marched to the central squares carrying russian flags. In Kherson, locals removed any mention of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred from the city’s main square. The russian flag was raised over the city administration.

Now the TRUTH

  • Russia fired on Kramatorsk. Despite attempts to deny it, saying russia does not use Tochka-U missiles, they cannot hide the truth. First, russia continues to use Tochka-U systems, even though it has previously announced the withdrawal of the “obsolete systems” from service. Independent investigators from InformNapalm and Conflict Intelligence Team confirmed russia’s use of these systems. Using the russian Tochka-U has previously been documented in the Donetsk and Chernihiv regions. At about 10.25 a.m., the information appeared on Telegram channels about two rockets launched from Shakhtar (a DPR-controlled city). The distance between Shakhtar and Kramatorsk is about 90 km, with Tochka-U’s maximum range being 120 km.
  • The OSCE SMM is an independent monitoring mission. Their reports usually only indicated the direction from where the shelling came, the frequency of violating the regime of silence, the number of casualties in the ORDLO, and the demarcation lines of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The OSCE never explicitly indicated who was involved in the shelling. However, observations by the OSCE as an independent observer were important in documenting russia’s crimes committed against Ukraine in 2014-2021 (Https://www.osce.org/en/ukraine-smm/reports).
  • A humanitarian catastrophe has already occurred in Mariupol. russia has destroyed 90% of the city. Dozens of thousands of people have died, and many citizens have been illegally deported to russia.
  • A staged rally in support of russia took place in Nova Kakhovka. Only a few people came to the square, even though thousands of Ukrainians had previously come to the city square to resist the occupation. Demolishing the Heavenly Hundred Memorial in Kherson and raising a russian flag over the local administration also were acts planned by russia. Such things could be done either by the occupiers themselves or by locals intimidated by the occupiers.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon, April 9

  • Priests of the schismatic OCU bless daily Ukrainians’ bloody “fight against infidels.”
  • Google conducts provocations against Russia by suggesting replacing “dear russians” with “dead russians” (dear <-> dead) in the translator.
  • There will be no sowing campaign in the Kherson region since Ukrainian authorities have abandoned local farmers to produce starvation.
  • Ukraine received broken T-72B tanks and BMP-1 combat vehicles from the Czech Republic. Their fire control systems are not working.
  • The Ukrainian military receives the russian troops’ coordinates from social networks, but civilians come under fire because of incorrect data.

Now the TRUTH

  • First, the PCU is not a schismatic church. Ukraine has its own Orthodox Church, independent of moscow. However, the russian orthodox church refuses to recognize the OCU’s independence, trying to discredit it. The moscow patriarchate calls the Ukrainian Church “schismatic.” However, a schism in the Orthodox world was caused by russia when the moscow patriarchate severed ties with Constantinople due to the possibility of recognizing the OCU’s independence. Second, the churches of the moscow patriarchate spread russian propaganda. Therefore, an independent church during the war with russia is a matter of Ukraine’s security and sovereignty. Third, the Ukrainian Church, independent of russia, openly declares that russia invaded Ukraine. Because of its pro-Ukrainian stance, russian propaganda accuses the OCU of supporting the war.
  • Google cannot technically conduct provocations against russia. Any suggestions to replace the word “dear” with “dead” are due to user edits, not Google policies.
  • According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, the sowing campaign has begun in all regions except the Luhansk region. Agriculture workers of the Kherson region are forced to significantly reduce the sown areas, with spring fieldwork being carried out even under fire, with missiles flying over their heads and mines planted in the ground. In contrast, the occupiers intimidate Kherson farmers forcing them to cooperate.
  • Ukraine received tanks and armored vehicles from the Czech Republic. However, there are no reports of defective equipment. Russia is spreading similar fake stories about Slovakia’s military aid, lying about the destruction of the S-300 air defense system received by Ukraine from Slovakia. Slovakia’s Prime Minister denied this fake news.
  • The SBU indeed created the @stop_russian_war_bot for anyone to report enemy movements. Yet, the information provided by Ukrainians is verified to prevent provocations from russia.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 8

  • The train station in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, was hit by Point U missiles, used only by the Armed Forces, and not by russian Iskander missiles. Ukraine is trying to turn Kramatorsk into a “new Bucha.”
  • NATO insists that Ukraine use chemical weapons in Mariupol.
  • The United States no longer hides that it developed biological weapons in Ukraine.

Now the TRUTH

  • The Tochka-U tactical missile systems are used not only by Ukraine but also by russia. As for the strike on the Kramatorsk railway station, Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, initially said it was an Iskander missile. However, Volodymyr Zelensky later said the occupiers used the Tochka-U to hit the Kramatorsk railway station, where thousands of peaceful Ukrainians were awaiting evacuation. As of 1 p.m., it became known that the russian missile strike on Kramatorsk railway station had killed at least 39 and injured 87. But more importantly, almost immediately after the missile hit the station, russian Telegram channels wrote about a strike on the places of accumulation of the Armed Forces. Later, they started talking about a strike on the civilian population by the Ukrainian side.
  • NATO cannot use chemical weapons. NATO member states, russia, and Ukraine signed and ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. However, NATO does not rule out that russia might use chemical weapons against Ukraine. They also said that using such weapons would be a direct violation of international obligations.
  • The US position remains the same: States are aware of bio laboratories operating in Ukraine and have funded their biohazard reduction programs. However, it has never been about developing bioweapons by Ukraine or the United States in Ukraine.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on April 7

  • According to American expert Scott Ritter, people in Bucha died at the hands of the Ukrainian military.
  • Normal life continues in Kupyansk, Kharkiv region: transport, shops, and all the utilities are available.
  • The Kyiv regime is preparing a provocation in the city of Pervomaisky, Kharkiv region, where a warehouse with 120 tons of chlorine has been mined.
  • 2/3 of the Ukrainian side’s losses are due to Ulana Suprun’s healthcare reform.
  • Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the president of the russian federation, denied russia’s plans to assassinate Volodymyr Zelensky.

Now the TRUTH

  • It is hard to call Scott Ritter an independent expert shedding light on the truth, as he has been relaying russian propaganda narratives to Western audiences for many years. Russian media outlets often invite him to comment on military topics, but he spreads unverified and untrue information, each time. The same applies to Bucha. There is no objective basis to believe that the Ukrainian military killed the civilians in the Kyiv region.
  • The mayor of Kupyansk and the banned OPFL surrendered the city to the occupiers. Life under occupation has nothing to do with normal life. The orcs can only establish a military dictatorship, seize property from Ukrainians, rob shops, and even change the school curriculum.
  • When russia says, “Ukraine is preparing a provocation,” you should read it as “russia is preparing a provocation.” Russia probably lays the foundations to justify the shelling of this warehouse with chlorine later to immediately say the Ukrainian side did it. Recently, Russia used the same method to shell an ammonia plant in the Sumy region. Russia said beforehand that Ukraine would prepare provocations with chemical weapons and then bombarded the plant a few hours later.
  • It is unclear how healthcare reform meant to change funding principles could contribute to higher mortality rates among Ukrainians during the war. It will be recalled that the reform changed the outdated and inefficient Semashko system (under which hospitals received funding depending on the size and number of beds) to a system where doctors and hospitals receive funding from the budget depending on the number of the patients they treat.
  • In just the first week of the war, President Volodymyr Zelensky survived at least three assassination attempts, The Times wrote. The Office of the President of Ukraine reported that during the full-scale war, there had been ten attempts to kill Volodymyr Zelensky . His wife, Olena Zelenska, also said their family was being persecuted  with the aim to put pressure on the President of Ukraine. Therefore, they live under heightened security.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on April 6

  • Sviatoslav Palamar (call sign “Kalyna”), deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, was killed in Mariupol. DPR forces shot down a Mil Mi-8 helicopter carrying the regiment’s member.
  • The Vatican became the first country to pay for russian gas in rubles. The Vatican bought rubles worth EUR 10 million to pay for the gas.
  • Two hundred sixty-four service members from the 503rd Separate Marine Battalion surrendered to the russian occupiers. To “confirm” this, they disseminated pictures of the allegedly captured Ukrainian marines.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky gave up on the southern regions of Ukraine because he could not fight Nazism there on his own.

Now the TRUTH

  • Neither russian troops nor DPR militants killed Sviatoslav Palamar. He is alive. Open sources confirm this. You can check whether there is evidence of the downing of a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter on March 31, 2022, using the blog of the investigative journalist Oryx, collecting photo evidence of russian and Ukrainian equipment destroyed during the entire period of the large-scale war. As of March 31, there was indeed confirmation that Ukraine had lost a Mi-8. The russians argue it was shot down near Mariupol. First, Sviatoslav Palamar recorded three video appeals on the official channel Azov after the news of his “death” (on March 31, April 2, and April 4). Second, on April 2, he commented for the media twice, namely for Channel 5 and NV Radio. Finally, the russian outlets spreading fake news about Kalyna’s death later updated the information saying the body of a military service member named Diachenko was found near the destroyed helicopter, not the Azov deputy commander’s. It is currently impossible to verify who died when the aircraft was demolished.
  • Information about the Vatican allegedly paying for gas in rubles appeared for the first time on Twitter, coming from a user, Maria Ledovskaya. In her next post, she confirmed it was a joke. The Oilprice media, a source for oil and energy news, also confirmed that Ledovskaya’s tweet was the primary source of information and that the Vatican had no plans to pay for russian gas in rubles.
  • The 503rd Separate Marine Battalion wrote on their Facebook page that their members had not surrendered to anyone and continued to defend Ukraine from russian invaders. Adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, also denied the information about the capture of the 503rd Battalion on his Telegram channel. “Marines of the 503rd are not in this video, and they never surrendered. Propaganda is lying as usual,” wrote Andriushchenko. He added that, according to preliminary data, the footage was shot in one of the villages of Manhush district, where Ukrainian units were not stationed. Andriushchenko also mentioned the Ukrainian uniforms stolen by the russian occupiers, particularly at the Azov Regiment bases in the village of Urzuf. In the video, he noted,  propagandists showed people dressed in clean uniforms, shaved, and not looking like the military who would surrender after the fighting. However, Andriushchenko also said the competent authorities would determine whether Ukrainian service members were among them. Overall, he said it was a staged video aiming to demoralize and sow panic among the defenders of Ukraine and the civilian population.
  • The Ukrainian authorities did not surrender any region or region of Ukraine. The armed struggle continues in all areas. Thus, concerning the Tavriya direction, the General Staff reported this morning the movement of individual units of the 58th combined-arms army around the village of Basan in the Zaporizhzhia region, presumably to regroup forces. In the South Bug area, the enemy is taking measures to restore combat capability and equip their positions. The enemy continues terrorizing civilians in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region. As a result of the AFU’s offensive, the enemy lost control over the villages of Dobrianka, Novovoznesenske, and Trudoliubivka in the Kherson region.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on April 5

  • When the Russian military withdrew from Bucha and Irpin in the Kyiv region, there were no civilian casualties. Photos and videos of those killed are fake
  • Ukraine committed genocide on the russian population.
  • In Mariupol, proper authorities have finally been appointed.
  • Neo-Nazis are planning on mining Ukraine’s hydroelectric plants to leave Ukrainians without drinking water.

Now the TRUTH

  • Russia committed war crimes in Bucha and Irpin by brutally killing and torturing civilians and destroying homes and civilian infrastructure. Russia’s atrocities have already been exposed by satellite images published by The New York Times. In addition, experts from the International Criminal Court will carry out an investigation to document all the cases of crimes committed by russia in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine did not commit genocide against either the russian or russian-speaking populations. There is also no evidence that Ukrainian service members committed war crimes. In contrast, journalists and even civilians have documented many cases of russian war atrocities and violations of international law, ranging from the torture of civilians to the use of prohibited weapons.
  • In Mariupol, the self-proclaimed government comprised of the representatives of the banned OPFL party emerged unlawfully. However, it is unclear what exactly this government will govern. Russia has destroyed 90% of the city, 70% of which cannot be rebuilt.
  • Everything is “cool” about this fake story: neo-Nazis and the hydroelectric power plants that have nothing to do with drinking water. HPPs generate electricity; they do not filter water. Besides, none of Ukraine’s defense forces has mined or had plans to plant mines in the HPPs to restrict Ukrainians’ access to resources.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 2

  • Ukrainian helicopters hit an oil depot in russian Belgorod.
  • Ukraine will not adhere to the principles of the Geneva Conventions relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
  • About a third of refugees from Ukraine have a non-Slavic appearance.
  • The defense of Mariupol may have been led by American and British intelligence officers, which is why the General Staff is so concerned about the evacuation from the city.
  • The closure of US bio labs in Ukraine is one of the successes of the so-called special operation.
  • Ukraine destroyed the memory of the Great Patriotic War and degraded veterans.

Now the TRUTH

  • Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danylov, explained that Ukraine had nothing to do with the fire at the oil depot in Belgorod. However, Danylov stressed that similar situations might arise in other russian cities. The fact is that russia will conduct provocations to accuse Ukraine. The so-called “shelling of Belgorod by Ukrainian helicopters” may be one such provocation.
  • Russia has repeatedly violated the Geneva Conventions during the war. However, the russian propaganda machine will try to discredit Ukrainian service members by disseminating videos and other evidence of the alleged torture of prisoners. These can be fabricated video clips showing russians disguised as the Ukrainian military.
  • Russia is trying to prove that many illegal migrants can enter Europe under the guise of refugees from Ukraine. However, over four million Ukrainians have been forced to flee Ukraine during the war. Overall, more than ten million Ukrainians have had to flee their homes.
  • In Mariupol, 90% of residential buildings were destroyed, and 5,000 people died, including about 210 children. The death toll may be even higher since it is impossible to count exactly because of active hostilities. Russia has been shelling Mariupol with artillery, from the sea, from planes, and attacking with missiles and bombs. The humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol is the result of russia’s and russian occupiers‘ actions. Humanitarian corridors are needed to evacuate about 150 people, currently trying to survive in the city. Most notably, the passages are organized by the Ministry of Reintegration and Temporarily Occupied Territories, not by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The International Committee of the Red Cross also participates in the evacuation from Mariupol.
  • According to Bloomberg, a US Department of Defense unit has been working with former Soviet countries, including Ukraine, since 1991 to secure and dismantle remaining weapons of mass destruction. In 2005, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine signed an agreement to prevent any spread of pathogens at facilities in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, and other places that could be used in biological weapons. In 2020, the Security Service of Ukraine refuted information that the United States had bio laboratories in Ukraine. It also said Washington and Kyiv were working together to counter possible biological terrorism. “No foreign biological laboratories operate in Ukraine. Statements recently made by individual politicians are not true and are a deliberate distortion of the facts,” Kyiv Post quoted the SBU as saying. Under the 2005 agreement, the Pentagon helped several Ukrainian health laboratories improve the safety of dangerous pathogens and technologies used for research. These efforts were supported by other countries and the World Health Organization. The United States did not conduct experiments on Ukrainians, just as Ukraine did not develop biological weapons using these laboratories. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the laboratories conducted research on the spread of coronavirus strains in Ukraine.
  • Unlike russia, Ukraine has never rewritten history. However, Ukraine does not use the Soviet term “Great Patriotic War” because it does not take into account all the participants in hostilities and victims of World War II. The Great Patriotic War is an ideological cliché saying all Ukrainians allegedly fought for the “Soviet Fatherland” during World War II. However, that is not the case. The National Security and Defense Council came up with two options: “World War II” or “Soviet-German War,” to expand the war’s historical context. This marked the transition from the Soviet point of view to looking at the Second World War through the lens of Ukrainian and world history.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of noon on April 1

  • Azovstal employee allegedly wants to join russian army
  • Against the backdrop of the partial “withdrawal” of Russian units from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, the enemy is spreading information that the “special operation” in Ukraine will be completed shortly because russia and Ukraine will reach an agreement.
  • According to russian propaganda outlets, Ukraine has forcibly detained 68 foreign vessels in the ports. russia is said to open a corridor every day for them to exit the territorial waters of Ukraine, but the crews do not leave the ports, citing the threat of attacks by Ukraine.
  • The russian defense ministry said it has Hunter Biden’s (son of the President of the United States) letters about bio laboratories operating in Ukraine. According to the enemy, Biden played a significant role in working with pathogens by funding them.
  • russia broadcasts the narrative to the West, saying, “you will lose more than we do.” They are talking about world tourism, which, according to russian media outlets, stands to lose $ 7 billion because of the sanctions.

Now the TRUTH

  • What really happened is they took an actor in russia, invented a name and a position for him, called him an “Azovstal worker,” and allegedly recorded evidence of the events in Mariupol. However, Azovstal’s HR department has not found such a person in the Metinvest Group employee database in all the years.
  • First, Russia is not “withdrawing” troops. The occupiers are fleeing, facing fierce resistance from Ukraine’s Armed Forces and our people. The enemy is also transferring its forces to Donbas in preparation to strike a devastating blow on our country’s territory there. Second, no agreement has been reached between Ukraine and russia. All the stories about the end of the “special operation” are merely an attempt to avoid further sanctions against the aggressor country. The occupiers are trying to organize incomprehensible structures in the temporarily occupied territories and put the ruble into circulation there.
  • russian troops pose by far the most significant threat both on land and at sea. Just recently, Turkey discovered mines in the Black Sea that had drifted into the Bosporus. russia knew the exact number of the mines, indicating that russia had probably planted them.
  • We have repeatedly said that the so-called secret bio labs have never been secret. Information about them, including their funding, is publicly available. The Ministry of Health runs the laboratories, and the United States funds the biological threat reduction programs.
  • No matter how russia justifies itself, russian tourism suffered the most. There are only a few countries left in the world where russians can travel. For instance, the whole of Europe and the United States are closed to russians.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 3 p.m. on March 31

  • Payments for russian gas in rubles will not start immediately, as it is a time-consuming process.
  • Russia has evacuated over 100,000 people from Mariupol without Ukraine’s participation.
  • Ukrainian authorities use the synagogue in Uman as a military and weapons accumulation point.
  • On March 14, the Ukrainian military fired a Tochka-U missile on the center of Donetsk.

Now the TRUTH:

  • G7 countries such as the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan have rejected russia’s demand to pay for gas in rubles, citing their existing contracts. It will be recalled that on March 23, putin ordered that payments for exported gas from the “unfriendly countries” be accepted only in rubles. This status was assigned to the countries that joined the sanctions against russia for starting a war with Ukraine. European companies and politicians immediately responded to the president’s statement, saying they would not do so because it violated the terms of contracts and sanctions. Ruble settlements with russia are impossible.
  • Russian troops do not conduct evacuations, but they forcibly transfer people to the territory of the russian federation and take away the citizen’s Ukrainian documents. On March 26, Ukraine’s Minister for Reintegration and Temporarily Occupied Territories, Iryna Vereshchuk, said the number of Ukrainians forcibly deported could reach 40,000. The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, said on March 27 that the russians had forcibly transferred 20-30 thousand people from Mariupol. Their phones and Ukrainian documents (everything they had, i.e., passports, certificates, etc.) were confiscated in the so-called filtration camps, and people were later sent to Omsk and the Krasnodar Territory. The deportation of civilians is contrary to the norms of international humanitarian law, namely Article 49 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Victims of War of 1949 and Article 85 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. The articles prohibit the forced individual or mass resettlement or deportation of persons under protection from the occupied territory to the territory of the occupying state.
  • The United Jewish community refuted this fake story: “The United Jewish Community of Ukraine states that all synagogues and Jewish sites in Ukraine are used only for their intended purpose, i.e., to carry out religious activities or to help members of Jewish communities and the local population. It is obvious from the image published by russians for provocative purposes that the gates of the synagogue are closed, and no one is inside,” the community’s statement said. The Rabbi Nachman Foundation in Uman confirms that the second largest synagogue in Ukraine has been closed since Rosh Hashanah (celebrated in September 2021) and has not been used ever since. The Center for Combating Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council believes that this russian information piece aimed to create a conflict between the Ukrainian authorities and Israel. They could also use this fake news to distract from possible provocations by the Russian military, namely, shelling the synagogue in Uman and then accusing Ukraine.
  • Leonid Matiukhin, a Center for Operational Information of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine officer, said at a briefing: “This is definitely a Russian missile or some other ammunition. You can simply look at what Russian propaganda has been telling you for eight years about the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelling Donetsk and other cities. You can simply see how Donetsk looks today, eight years later, and then you can see Kharkiv and Mariupol, which the Russian occupation forces have been shelling for almost two weeks.” According to Ruslan Leviev, founder of Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), the missile was fired from the russian-controlled territory to discredit the Armed Forces. The CIT noted that the rocket’s front part in the photo of the fragments was aimed northwestward and the rear part southeastward. The rocket part could change directions, but not more than 45 degrees, i.e., it came from the southeast. The rocket part could not change direction by 180 degrees.

russia’s THREATS, PROVOCATIONS, and DISINFORMATION as of 1 p.m. on March 30

  • On March 17 and 21, the police and terrorists opened fire at civilian cars exiting Zaporizhzhia. They quoted Volodymyr Rohov, a “member of the main council of the military-civil administration of the Zaporizhzhia region,” as saying that he knew about 37 cases of killings of civilians in Zaporizhzhia.
  • The AFU does not allow residents of Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, Slovyansk, and Druzhkivka to leave.
  • The head of the Odesa Region Military Administration ordered that Odesa’s Khadzhibey dam be blown up.
  • The UN rejected Russia’s humanitarian resolution and supported the genocide in Ukraine.
  • In Mariupol and Chernihiv, Ukraine sends children aged 12-17 to the front lines. It is argued that the children are given man-portable anti-tank rocket systems and grenade launchers. As proof, a picture of a man with a weapon in his hands is provided.
  • Ukrainian military fired on people evacuated from the village of Vynohradne near Mariupol

Now the TRUTH:

  • The original photo from the posts could not be established. Photo metadata had been edited, and it was impossible to verify the date it was created. However, on March 17 and 21, there were reports of russian military shelling civilian cars. On March 17, Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Civilian Administration (ZRCA), said russians had fired a machine gun into a vehicle, hitting a child in the face near Tokmak. At 8:55 a.m. on March 21, russian military fired automatic weapons and hit two cars carrying civilians in the village of Malynivka, Pologi district, Zaporizhzhia region. The cars were going through the humanitarian corridor. Two children, three women, and one man were injured in the shooting. Shortly before that, on March 16, the russian military had fired a heavy artillery barrage at a civilian convoy headed for Zaporizhzhia. Five people were injured, including a child in critical condition.
  • There is no information from reliable sources that would confirm that locals are not allowed to leave Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, Slovyansk, and Druzhkivka. In addition, Ukrzaliznytsia arranges evacuation trains daily to help these cities’ residents travel to safer areas. For instance, on March 28, there were two evacuation trains, Kramatorsk-Lviv No.282/281 and No.284/283. Ukrzaliznytsia’s website has train schedules at the Slovyansk and Kramatorsk stations. There is no list of trains departing from Druzhkivka and Kostiantynivka stations. The stations in Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, and Kostiantynivka are open.
  • This fake story was refuted by Maksym Marchenko, head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration (ORMA): “Having no success on the battlefield, the enemy is increasingly attacking the Odesa region in the information space. Unfortunately, we have cases of spreading fake news about the situation in the region again. This time the target was the Khadzhibey dam allegedly mined on the orders of the ORMA head Maksym Marchenko,” Marchenko wrote on his Telegram channel. He also called on Odesa residents to report the spread of such information to the SBU.
  • The majority of the Security Council did not support russia’s proposal, as it essentially denied its involvement in the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. In the text of the resolution, russia called on the international community to resolve the issue it had created by carrying out a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. During the discussion of the draft resolution, the members of the UN Security Council rightly stated that russia must acknowledge its responsibility for starting the hostilities and end the war to avoid further civilian casualties.
  • First, according to the Presidential Decree On General Mobilization, mobilization is carried out within 90 days from the date of the decree’s entry into force across Ukraine and the city of Kyiv. Men between 18 and 60 years old and fit for service are subject to mobilization. Under some military specialties, women listed on the military register may also be called up for military service. Therefore, children aged 12-17 could not be called up. Second, according to Google Images reverse lookup results, the photo in the post has circulated since at least July 2018, and it shows a woman. You can see a series of similar images here. Their author, nicknamed “P-KDmitry,” is a photographer from russia.
  • The village of Vynohradne is located outside of the agreed-upon “green” corridors. The evacuation from Mariupol is going in the opposite direction. The Livoberezhny district, near which Vynohradne is located, is almost completely cut off from the city, and it is impossible to organize an evacuation from there because of constant shelling by russian troops.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 17:00 on March 29

  • Azov troopers blew up Mariupol Drama Theater from the inside. Proof: windows of buildings nearby weren’t blown out by the explosion.
  • UAF planted mines over the Black Sea.
  • russian conscripts won’t be sent to warzones during the spring conscription campaign. The number of conscripts would be lower. Prosecutor’s office will follow the campaign closely.
  • West loses faith in UAF General Staff russian casualties statistics due to lack of photo and video proofs.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian aircraft dropped the bomb on Mariupol Drama Theater, despite a big sign saying that there were children inside.
  • It is not the first time russians claim that Ukrainians planted mines on the Black Sea shores while the mines started to drift towards Bosphorus. russians even named the number of mines – 420, which is weird because the Black Sea is very stormy, and it would be near-impossible to count the mines in that weather. If russians know how many mines are in the Black Sea, it is probably russian mines.
  • Intelligence General Office of the Ministry of Defense already reported that russia’s planning a mobilization starting April 1st. The program’s name is «BARS-2021» (Combat Army Reserve of the Country). It will be held simultaneously as the planned conscription to hide mass mobilization.
  • All estimates are approximate. On March 23rd, the US and NATO told CNN that russian invaders could have lost somewhere around 3000 to 10000 troops during the war. Even according to OSINT investigators, who indicate the minimum numbers, the russians suffer record losses. Statistics are likely to become available after the war. The General Staff of the Armed Forces has the most complete picture as of now, as it features both closed and open information.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 15:00 on March 29

  • UkrPoshta is now part of the “post office of russia.”
  • J. Michael Springmann: Years might pass until US biolaboratories scandal will get in full force.
  • If russia wanted to take over the entire territory of Ukraine, they would’ve struck rockets on all UAF positions, destroyed their fuel refineries, railroads, highways, took over all chemical plans and NPPs. And only then sent ground troops to sweep the territory. Since it didn’t happen, therefore russia never planned to take over Ukraine.
  • russia doesn’t kidnap Ukrainian refugees and displace them in russia. It just looks like that.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Ukrainians started to receive such emails from suspicious addresses. UkrPoshta themselves debunked the whole sham. Their response: “russia’s post office is unhappy since UkrPoshta cut their ties and stopped cooperating and asked countries of the Universal Postal Union to stop working with russia’s postal services. All things russian, including postal stamps, is toxic. Such messages are yet another example of russian aggression. And with this mailing, obviously, the Russian Post, when it writes that all postal items of Ukrposhta will be sent through the Russian Post, is trying to regain its volumes somehow”.
  • Springmann is a well-known russia sympathizer. Four years ago, he got into a scandal when he posted a caricature on “friends of the USA,” in which he compared Ukraine with excrements. Using such “experts” might mean that russia is running out of ideas on how to push this narrative.
  • russia rocket strikes UAF positions, airports, fuel refineries. They also occupied Chornobyl NPP and Zaporizhya NPP. russian blitzkrieg wet dream went south because UAF fought back and keep on pushing russian invaders back where they came from. In addition, a combination of corruption and obsolete equipment make the russian army a poor excuse for a fart.
  • According to Mariupol City Council, russia displaced approximately 20-30 thousand Mariupol residents. . 90 thousand people were displaced from Kherson Oblast. According to Ukraine’s Ombudsman Ludmila Denisova, russian invaders illegally deported 439420 civilians, including 91673 children.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 14:00 on March 28

  • if russian invaders leave Kherson and Zaporizhya Oblasts, the threat to russia will return. The Northern-Crimean channel will be again blocked, and Zaporizhya NPP will again be under a threat of an accident.
  • russia will have to work for 30-40 years to clean people’s heads from nazi propaganda in Ukraine.
  • creation of puppet states on the occupied territories was necessary to guarantee russia’s safety.

And not – THE TRUTH:

  • russia occupied Kherson oblast, Kherson, and parts of Zaporizhya Oblast. These actions create an environment for a humanitarian catastrophe. As for Northern Crimean Channel, the Ukrainian Government ceased its water supply back when russia occupied Crimea in 2014. russian government was unable to find a solution for this for 8 years. And now they took it over by force. russian invaders captured Zaporizhya NPP and Energodar city and kept it under russian control for 21 days. ZNPP personnel can’t work properly and get rest. Because of that, there is a constant threat of nuclear accidents.
  • There was never any nazi propaganda in Ukraine. None of the Ukrainian Government officials ever expressed such views. Of course, just like in any other country, there are far-right groups in Ukraine. However, they are marginal at best. Propaganda of intolerance and nazism is a criminal offense in Ukraine.
  • russia has organized illegal faux referendums on occupied Ukrainian territory since 2014. None of them were held to any international standards. Each such faux referendum was done to justify russia’s actions formally. None of such faux referendum results are recognized in Ukraine and the rest of the world.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 27

  • Any country is in danger if Ukrainian artillery is nearby.
  • The reason why Roman Leschenko, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, resigned is due to empty State Reserve storage facilities and lack of strategic reserve.
  • russia’s defense ministry on their losses: 1 351 dead, 3 825 injured.
  • Ukraine uses phosphorus bombs in Donbas.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian propaganda alleges that either Poland or belarus are in danger because Ukraine might attack them. It is not true. russia can create casus belli for belarus to join the invasion. However, russia already uses belarus as a military asset for their ground and air troops, and they have already shelled belarus territory and tried to blame Ukraine for that. As for Poland, they realize that russia is the real threat who is trying to pull focus on Ukraine.
  • Roman Leschenko, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, resigned due to health issues. He explained his situation on his Facebook page“I’m at war not just with our common enemy but also with a tough hereditary disease. My health is deteriorating. Because of that, I’m forced to resign from the minister position”.
  • russian invaders already lost 40 thousand troops. This figure includes dead, injured, and captured. As of March 27th, russian invaders got 16,6 thousand dead and counting.
  • Ukraine doesn’t use any banned weapons and does not violate international agreements. Unlike russia, which probably used phosphorus weapons in the Avdiyivka district.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 14:00 on March 27

  • Ukrainian doctors dismantle bodies of dead civilians and the russian military for organ harvesting for UAF purposes.
  • “Don’t be afraid to speak russian” posters started to appear in occupied parts of Luhansk oblast.
  • rosatom demands Ukrainian authorities bring back their employees as fast and safe as possible.
  • russian ministry of defense: Ukrainian Air Force and Anti-Air Units are entirely demolished.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Ukrainian laws prohibit organ harvesting without a patient’s consent. In addition, not every doctor is qualified to do that. Also, it makes no sense to perform organ harvesting on heavily damaged bodies of shelling victims.
  • Ukraine never had any limitations on using the russian language at home. The language law limited the use of the russian language in the press, radio, TV, and print media.
  • 11 rosatom employees are in Zaporizhya NPP because they came there with russian military without Ukraine’s Energoatom or ZNPP consent. Energoatom demands rosatom to leave ZNPP territory.
  • russian ministry of defense reports every day that the Ukrainian Air Force and Anti-Anti Units are gone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Air Force and Anti-Air Units are hard at work shooting down russian planes and missiles. On March 26th, Ukrainian Anti-Air Units shot down 3 out of 4 rockets over Volyn. In addition, they shot down 1 plane and 12 drones.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 12:00 on March 27

  • UAF shells civilian infrastructure in Chornobaivka.
  • Ukrainian Gas Transfer System replenishes russian budget more than companies that refused to leave russian market.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian invaders lost the battle for Chornobaivka for the 11th time. So it is natural that their propaganda would try to find yet another excuse for their utter failures. There is no proof in claims that UAF shoots civilian infrastructure, but there are numerous proofs of russians shooting at civilian infrastructure everywhere they go. UAF is fighting the invading force.
  • Ukraine is not buying russian gas since 2015. Therefore, the Ukrainian Gas Transfer system is not generating any revenue for russia. In addition, European countries also stop buying russian gas. For example, Poland plans to stop using russian gas by 2023, some Lithuanian companies stopped buying russian gas.
  • Hungary never had any territorial claims for Zakarpattya. The whole Zakarpattya separatism narrative is one of the russian propaganda inventions. Unfortunately, it is widely spread in Ukraine, russia, and Hungary. It is part of russia’s attempts to discredit the Ukrainian State.
  • russian invaders plundered the hi-end Central Analytical Laboratory in Chornobyl. The laboratory did contain hazardous samples and also radionuclides. But it is a big stretch to consider this a proof of nuclear weapon development program. Inadequate handling of radioactive materials will primarily harm the occupiers who seized the station.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 12:00 on March 24

  • russia is not at war with Ukraine. If russia was at war with Ukraine, russia would’ve carpet-bombed the cities.
  • Europeans are appalled at the rudeness of Ukrainian refugees. It is a direct result of 8 years of nationalist propaganda in Ukraine.
  • US and EU wanted to use Ukraine as a base for their nuclear weapons aimed at russia. UK’s Minister of Defense seemingly confirmed that.
  • USA accusations of russia committing war crimes are baseless.

А тепер ПРАВДА

  • russia carpet bombs Mariupol. Even NATO confims that. Head of Luhansk Oblast Military Administration Serhiy Hayday previously stated that the russian military conducted carpet bombings of Luhansk Oblast residential housings.
  • russia tries to push the “rude Ukrainian refugees greedy to exploit European help” narrative for a couple of weeks. russia wants to discredit Ukrainian refugees in Europe. The whole “master race” narrative actually fits russia more. Coincidentally, that’s the same narrative Nazi Germany adored.
  • Nuclear weapons bases are banned in Ukraine. Meanwhile, russia actively threatens the world with nuclear weapons.
  • russia kills civilians, uses banned weapons, shoots at humanitarian convoys, conducts illegal mobilization on the occupied territories, displaces local residents, and creates ecological threats. These are some of russia’s recent war crimes.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 12:00 on March 23

  • Poland and USA planned a “denazification operation” in Ukraine. Proof: there were paratrooper regiments on Ukraine-Poland border.
  • peskov in CNN interview: “russian invaders don’t shell civilian infrastructure.”
  • russia never planned to shell Ukrainian chemical plants. It happens accidentally on purpose, which is completely different.
  • Poland will initiate the break-up of Ukraine. They will discuss it on March 24th at the NATO summit.
  • Louis Vuitton supports the russian invasion because their new jewelry collections use Z and V symbols.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • There were American paratroopers on the Ukraine-Poland border before the start of the russian invasion. However, their goal was to support NATO allies in case of russian aggression.
  • russia provides more and more evidence of their bombing of civilian objects every day. Last night they shelled vegetable storage and sausage factory in the Brovary district of Kyiv Oblast. У Чернігові розбомбили міст через Десну, яким рухались евакуаційні рейси та гуманітарна допомога. У Харкові вчора активізувалися атаки на житлові райони та історичний центр міста.
  • russian invaders damaged the 50-ton ammonia tank on Sumyhimporm factory on March 21th.
  • Poland never announced such plans. In fact, Poland is preparing itself for a possible russian invasion.
  • Louis Vuitton really presented jewelry with a symbol that resembles Z. However, the collection stylizes the brand letter L, and V. LVMH (with such brands as Louis Vuitton, Moët, Hennessy) announced that it would cease its operation in russia. There were also Louis Vuitton products empty shells videos in russia.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 22

  • Zelenskiy intentionally kills Mariupol civilians. It is revenge on the pro-russian population.
  • Coronavirus spread investigation found a Ukrainian connection to the case.
  • Crimea State Duma MP predicts that Europe will be thankful for russia exposing Ukrainian biolaboratories.
  • illya kyva: nationalists led by Vitaly Klitschko plan a coup in the next two weeks.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • We already debunked the claim that in 2014 Mariupol “voted” to join “dnr” when it was taken over by Ukrainian nazi. That’s not what happened. The “referendum” was illegitimate and found no real support from Mariupol residents. Meanwhile, russia continues to destroy Mariupol. Just today, russian planes dropped two powerful bombs on the city. The city siege is led by Mikhail Mizintsev, one of the Russian commanders in the Syrian war. It was his order to bomb the maternity house, drama theater, and residential housings. Mizintsev sees military objects just like that boy sees dead people. The current priority is to evacuate Mariupol residents, but it is borderline impossible due to russians opening fire on civilians.
  • A couple of days ago we already predicted that russia would probably try to blame Ukraine for the coronavirus spread. To do that, russian propaganda propels the narrative about Ukrainian secret biolabs that study coronavirus and bats. However, the current theory of coronavirus origin is organic, and there is no solid proof for russian claims.
  • There was no biolaboratory expose whatsoever. The information about Ukrainian biolaboratories is open source. In addition, everybody knows what these laboratories are for. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these labs helped monitor the virus spread in Ukraine.
  • illya kyva is russian propaganda mouthpiece. For years he recited russian propaganda narratives like calling the Revolution of Dignity a “bloody coup” and War in the East a “civil conflict”. You can check out an extensive collection of kyva lying on our YouTube channel.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 22

  • russian special operation is conducted by a professional army that uses cruise missiles that are very effective in precision strikes on military infrastructure and not civilian infrastructure. It is nationalists and UAF who shells Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.
  • Ukrainian schools militarize children. One of the textbooks for 11th grade calls russia an occupant and aggressor.
  • Biological weapon that was developed in Ukraine was designed to affect slav female reproductive systems.
  • Kyiv ordered the Mariupol military to leave the city disguised as civilians.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • There are conscripts in the so-called professional army. Even the russian ministry of defense admits that despite simultaneous claims of otherwise. it is russian invaders who destroy Ukrainian infrastructure. They already demolished 15 thousand kilometers of roads, 1600 residential housings, approximately 400 schools, 36 hospitals, 77 administrative buildings, and even 8 churches. Total damages sum up to almost $63 billion.
  • Ukraine declared russian an aggressor in 2018. It is a stretch to call a simple statement of fact a militarization. Meanwhile, russia actually plans to involve child soldiers – as stated by Ukrainian Intelligence.
  • It is impossible to develop an ethnic-centric biological weapon. The whole anti-russian biological weapon contradicts their own “Ukrainians and russians are one people” narrative.
  • Ukrainian army defends Mariupol and helps evacuate civilians. Azov regiments (russian propaganda’s favorite targets) destroyed 4 tanks and a couple of armored vehicles.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 17:00 on March 22

  • russian invaders’ address to Kharkiv and Kharkiv Oblast residents: “There is no war between russians and Ukrainians. There is a special operation against nazi, oligarchs and all the traitors who poorly treated local residents for years”.
  • Avakov disrupted the Ukrainian propaganda narrative by saying that over 17 thousand had died while General Staff claims that it is only 15 thousand.
  • russia goes to another stage of the war with the primary goal being saving as many civilians as they can. They do it by killing them.
  • Zelenskiy promises a referendum on the “denazification” and “demilitarization” of Ukraine. S

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian is at war with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. As for nazism – it was never really widespread in Ukraine, unlike russia. Far-right politicians are heavily marginalized in Ukrainian society. There were never any “radical” far-rights in the Ukrainian government or parliament. Since 2014 there weren’t any far-right political parties in the Ukrainian Parliament. Lack of names and proof regarding such things is yet another reason why these are simply baseless claims of russian propaganda.
  • It is hard to verify Avakov’s words as he doesn’t state his sources and has a history of manipulating facts. We trust UAF General Staff when it comes to providing official casualty stats. However, it is essential to note that it is hard to count russian casualties in the active warzone.
  • russian invaders didn’t even try to save civilians. But they are very skillful at killing civilians. 3000 dead due to Mariupol shelling. It is an approximation as there are probably more dead under the rubble. russian invaders shell residential housings, schools, hospitals – they call them “military bases” to justify their actions.
  • Zelenskiy said: “The referendum will be the final resolution in the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.” He referred to safety guarantees, occupied Donbas and Crimea. He didn’t mention “denazification” or “demilitarization.” Both terms are used by russian propaganda exclusively as casus belli justification for war.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 22

  • peskov: russia doesn’t create any special structure on the territories that were “freed” from “nationalists.”
  • On March 16th, Ukrainian nationalists shot 10 Chernihiv residents standing in the queue to get bread.
  • Due to martial law, defense work is being organized in Odessa. As a confirmation, an extract from Order №101 of March 16, 22 of the Chief of the Odessa OVA Maksym Marchenko is allegedly added to the report.
  • Ukraine doesn’t arrange any humanitarian corridors from Berdyanks.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian tries to establish occupational government on the occupied territories. They tried to set up the new mayor of Melitopol (conveniently, it is an MP from OPZZh) after kidnapping the real one. They did the same thing when they occupied Crimea and select Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast regions.
  • It is was russian invaders who opened fire on the queue to get bread. Chernihiv Oblast Prosecutor’s Office confirmed it. “North” operational command clarified that it was done with heavy artillery, probably “Grads.”
  • Odesa Regional Military Administration states that the Head of the Odesa State Administration didn’t issue such orders. “We publish all official orders on our official website and announce them on the official Facebook page,” the statement said.
  • Humanitarian corridors from Berdyansk to Zaporizhya are active every day. However, russian invaders try to disrupt them and open fire on civilians.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 20

  • Forest walks are banned in Kyiv Oblast because Territorial Defense killed several civilians there.
  • Rating Group survey that says 93% of Ukrainians believe in victory is incorrect because it was conducted in Western Ukraine with no active warzones.
  • If russian invaders enter Sumy – UAF will poison civilians with chlorine and ammonia.
  • Ukrainian nazi captured Mariupol in 2014 despite the city having a large turnout on dnr faux referendum.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Forest walks are banned in Kyiv Oblast due to forest fire threats. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=332859035535303&id=100064336284967.
  • Rating Group survey was conducted on the entire Ukraine territory, excluding occupied Crimea and regions of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. It covered citizens from 18 years old. West and South Ukraine got 95% beliving in victory, Central Ukraine – 94%, Eastern Ukraine – 85%.
  • UAF doesn’t use any banned weapons while russians use them all the time. Because of that, there is a reason to believe that when russia says something about Ukraine using chemical weapons, it means russia might use it. Because russia’s gonna russia.
  • First, that dnr faux referendum was illegal. Second, the organizers didn’t even had the voter lists because they had no access to the voter registry. There were 4 voting spots, and people could vote without any IDs with no secrecy of voting. The turnout was around 30% of possible voters.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 20

  • American political technologists made the “Ukraine Antirussia” Project for years.
  • Azov regiment nazi intentionally destroyed a pool in the center of Mariupol because they knew civilians were hiding there. So they shot with russian bombs dropped from russian planes flying from russian territory.
  • Priests from Ukraine East Orthodox Church travel to Donbas to kill civilians.
  • Kidnapping people from Mariupol and sending them to russia is a solution to save them from the humanitarian catastrophe created by russian invaders.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian propaganda tries their damnedest to justify their war against Ukraine. The “Ukraine Antirussia” project is one of the narratives they try to push even though there is no proof and the whole narrative doesn’t make any sense. If you think about it, it is russia that turns Ukraine into the opposite of russia.
  • Yesterday, russian invaders dropped the bomb on the art school, which sheltered approximately 400 people, including women, children, and the elderly. According to Pentagon research, russian aircraft conduct over 200 flights over Ukraine a day. About a 100 of these are on Mariupol. In addition, they use artillery, multiple rocket launchers, and tanks. russian warships also shell Mariupol.
  • Ukraine finalized the creation of its own East Orthodox Church four years after the start of the war in Donbas and Crimea occupation. However, Ukrainian East Orthodox Church, under the moscow patriarchy, decided against joining Ukrainian Church. Even more so, they actively try to discredit it. moscow patriarchy calls Ukrainian Church “schismatic.”. However, it is the russian church started the schism – they cut their ties with Constantinople due to Ukrainian Church getting autocephaly.
  • russian invaders who displace Mariupol residents into russia confiscate their mobile phones and Ukrainian documents. Instead, some Mariupol residents get occupation documents, while the fate of the others remains unknown.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 19

  • Ukraine shelled center of Mariupol with Tochka U rockets. “Fortunately,” russian anti-air units took over these rockers and answered with Iskander strikes.
  • Nazi in Kharkiv opened fire on the humanitarian help distribution spot. They also shot civilians in Severodonetsk.
  • 85% of Mariupol destruction is done by Azov. Azov troopers flee from Mariupol under the civilian guise. That’s why russian invaders open fire on civilians.
  • Mariupol is “the heart” of “dnr”.
  • Instead of cleaning up the rubble of the demolished buildings, people made a Ukrainian coat of arms out of flowers.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Ukrainian authorities didn’t report any Mariupol bombings with Tochka U. Only russian media reported it. russian invaders shelled the city and then tried to blame UAF for doing that.
  • Ukrainians, whom russia keeps calling nazis, don’t shoot at humanitarian help distribution spots. They just keep on blaming everyone else for their atrocities. In Kharkiv, civilians can get humanitarian help in Ukrposhta and Nova Poshta post offices. There are also Ukrzaliznytsya evacuation trains. It is russian invaders who shell Severodonetsk. Despite that, there are still active green corridors. Today, 160, excluding those on their vehicles, managed to evacuate the city.
  • russia’s at it again: in reality – it is russian invaders who destroyed 80-90% of the city. russians try to blame everyone else for what they do. That’s why they target Azov. However, Azov troopers stay to protect the city from russian invaders.
  • Mariupol is a Ukrainian city. There are armed clashes in the city, but it is not occupied.
  • the last time russian invaders shot at Kyiv was on March 18th. However, the rocket was shot down, and its remains fell on the Podil district. National Emergency Service handled the situation. They did the same on March 17th in the Darnitsa district, and March 15h after Svyatoshin district bombings.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 17:00 on March 19

  • lavrov on “rf’s special operation”: “We had no choice but to disrupt this antirussian project of the West.”
  • Nazis in Mariupol were shooting at people and throwing them our of the windows to capture the higher floors of the buildings.
  • russia proposes Ukraine to become just like belarus: have no nuclear weapons and stop threatening russia. As a safety guarantee, russia will create military bases in Ukraine.
  • Europe’s fight against all things russian is borderline racist. Except russian is not race.
  • Ukraine wants to limit access to Telegram because they are losing the information war.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russia started getting sanctions after declaring “lnr/dnr” independent. After russia invaded Ukraine – sanctions doubled and tightened. Neither Collective West nor Ukraine ever planned to attack russia. Meanwhile, russia tries to justify its actions by saying Ukraine was threatening russia.
  • russian invaders do everything they can to harm Mariupol residents. They go as far as to put white armlets on Mariupol residents so that UAF would think it is russian military under civilian disguise.
  • belarus is russia’s puppet state. Just recently, lukashenko stated that belarus would want to get nuclear weapons back from russia if there were nuclear weapons near belarus borders – “in Poland, Lithuania, or Ukraine.” Similar statements were made by the head of belarussian Ministry of External Affairs, vladimir makey, “we consider locating nuclear weapons in belarussia – it is one of the possible responses to NATO actions in Poland.” Now, lukashenko contradicts himself and says that belarus will never have any nuclear weapons.
  • EU sanctions, russian products boycott, foreign companies leaving russian market is not racism by any classification. It is a limitation put on a country threatening the entire world with its ruthless disregard of everything. The whole “antirussian” term is used by russian propaganda exclusively. No one was turning Ukraine into “anti-russia.” russia got the first batch of sanctions due to Crimea occupation in 2014 and starting the war in Donbas.
  • There are no Telegram access limitations in Ukraine. However, there are lots of russian propaganda and fake news channels in Telegram. We monitor them and create these reports. Because of an immense amount of russian fake news propaganda – we need to check information from russian or pro-russian as they represent the enemy.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 18

  • the USA uses the war in Ukraine to advertise its weapons.
  • Azov settled in fortifications in the metallurgic factories in Mariupol and didn’t let workers cease production.
  • It is impossible to arrange evacuation corridors in Mariupol because Azov troopers might escape too.
  • Cynical lies: Ukrainians dream of killing russian children while russians want children to live long and happily.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • the USA will give Ukraine 800 Stingers, 2000 Javelins, 1000 light armor-piercing weapons, 6000 antiarmor systems, 100 drones, 100 grenade launchers, 5000 assault rifles, 1000 handguns, 400 machineguns та 400 rifles, 20 million of various ammunition, 25000 body armors and 25000 helmets. It is not an advertisement. It is the US helping UA.
  • Azovstal factories stopped on February 25th. They were stopped according to rules and regulations. In case of bombardment, the damage would be minimal, and the operation could restart ASAP.
  • russian invaders do everything they can to disrupt evacuation operations from Mariupol and prevent humanitarian help from getting into the city. As of today, Ukraine managed to evacuate over 35 thousand Mariupol residents. The rescue works on the site of the bombed Drama Theater continue. 130 people are already saved, but more are still trapped under the rubble. Greece is ready to finance the reconstruction of the Mariupol Maternity Hospital. while Italy will provide help in reconstructing the Drama Theater.
  • russian invaders already killed 109 children and injured 130. No long and happy life for them. https://t.me/voxcheck/2098. Ukrainians don’t kill russian children.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 17:00 on March 18

  • Training air raid alarms are actually to test their technical state. There is no alarm for some objects captured by radars. People could not hide because the person in charge of turning on the alarms didn’t turn it on.
  • National Bank of Ukraine asks citizens to donate cryptocurrency to support UAF.
  • putin during his speech in luzhniki: “Crimea citizens made the right choice by establishing a hard barrier with neonazi. russia did a lot to drag Crimea out of its miserable state when it was under Ukrainian control.”
  • Ukrainian military promised to destroy Volnovakha. In the meantime, “dnr” “attempts” to “establish” “normal” “life” there.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Training air raid alarms are banned during wartime. The alarm is turned on when any flying objects are identified, no matter the size. The siren is under the command center control, working around the clock.
  • National Bank of Ukraine doesn’t send emails to citizens and doesn’t accept donations to crypto-wallets. There are two such fake addresses [email protected] та [email protected]
  • Crimea residents didn’t make any free choice during a faux referendum in Crimea. It was a show. russia established an oppressive regime with numerous rights violations, the destruction of freedom of speech, freedom of movement, right to work, and many other rights. russia also arranged an illegal mobilization and expanded its military presence on the peninsula.
  • Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk State Administration: Volnovakha is destroyed. It was the first big city that russian invaders managed to capture in Donetsk Oblast. Before the 2014 war, the city had somewhere around 100 thousand residents. The battle for the city started in late February. On February 28th, UAF managed to push back russians outside the city, despite Grad and airstrikes. There was an evacuation campaign during the next two weeks. russian invaders consider taking over Volnovakha as one of the steps in capturing Mariupol, which will allow russia to create a ground corridor between Crimea and ORDLO.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 17

  • There is a long-running pathogen spread via bats research program in Kharkiv. The project was backed by the US in Ukraine and Georgia in October 2019, right before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mariupol refugees say that UAF opened fire on evacuation corridors. Because of that, people who flee Mariupol don’t want to go through Ukraine-controlled territory. Ukrainian Government left Mariupol behind.
  • Azov Regiment bombed the Drama Theater building. Or, The Drama Theater was bombed because Azov troopers were hiding there. Or both.
  • US and EU have defaulted on their debt to russia.
  • lukashenko: if Ukraine doesn’t stop provoking belarus, Minsk will retaliate. They’ll probably unleash Boo.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • the russia’s current idea is to “prove” that COVID-19 was developed in Ukraine in russian biolaboratories. Which is quite a flight of fantasy if you look at the facts. First, scientists from all over the world more or less agree that COVID-19 is most certainly of natural origin. Second, Ukrainian biolaboratories are under the control of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. Their goal is to reduce the pathogen dangers and not to spread them. Some laboratories took part in identifying such viruses as SARS-CoV-2.
  • There are 350-400 thousand people under a blockade in Mariupol. As of 13.03.2022 – 2358 dead. City Administration states that the actual number might be 1,5-2 times higher because it is still unknown how many people are under ruins. 80-90% of the city is demolished. There are no buildings without damage. It is a textbook illustration of the “russian world,” “denazification,” “demilitarization” russia’s committing in Ukraine. The evacuation corridor from Mariupol to Zaporizhya is currently active. But constant fire from russian invaders make it hard to get through. russian invaders caused a humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol because they couldn’t fight UAF. So instead, they started shelling civilians and blocking humanitarian aid. It is pathetic.
  • russian propaganda can’t decide which version of the Drama Theater bombing they like the most. Either Azov bombed it, or russians bombed it because Azov was there. That’s the same narrative they used when they bombed the Maternity House in Mariupol a couple of weeks ago. The fact of the matter is that russian invaders shell civilian infrastructure and kill innocent civilians. The russians dropped a bomb on the Drama Theater after they found out that there were lots of civilians in there. Fortunately, the shelter was strong enough to stand the strike, and by morning – people were coming out of the ruins.
  • US and EU had frozen assets of russian companies, oligarchs, and the likes. This doesn’t mean US and EU default on russia’s debts. In fact, it is russia that’s on the verge of default and economic collapse. russia had managed to pay $117 million of debt. But, according to Bloomberg, russia will have enough money to pay debts until May.
  • Ukraine is not provoking belarus. In fact, it is russia that creates one provocation after another to rile up belarussia.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 16

  • Crimea was under heavy sanctions after the “referendum,” aka occupation. However, during 8 years of occupation – life was better than during 23 years as part of Independent Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian Armed Forces gave Kahovka Hydroelectric Power Plant without a fight.
  • Ukrainian Authorities fled from Volnovakha and didn’t even inform residents about evacuation.
  • There is no reason for the russian economy to default.
  • Zelenskiy is hiding in the basement near the Polish border. He was secretly transferred to meet with Czech, Slovenian and Polish representatives.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • The so-called “referendum” has nothing to do with “free choice” russia likes to call it. The decision to hold a “referendum” was made at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea on February 27, 2014, while the building was captured by russian military without ID signs. Later on, putin admitted that these were the russian military. There were no journalists during a meeting, and MPs were voting under the gun barrel. It is unknown where there was a quorum for voting. russia implemented an oppressive regime in Crimea with heavy repressions against Crimean Tatars who stand against Crimea occupation. Crimean Tatar people suffer from frequent illegal searches. Leaders of their communities are exiled from the peninsula, Crimean Tatar media is closed, and their government is qualified as an “extremist organization.” russia conscripted nearly 28 thousand Crimean residents into the russian armed forces. Instead of upholding international norms, russia turned Crimea into a military base with aircraft, missiles, and ammunition prepared for further invasion. Crimea’s occupation allowed russia to strengthen its presence in the Black Sea, Azov Sea, and Kerch Strait.
  • russia occupied Kahovka HPP on February 24th. It is pointless to talk about “giving up” the location given the fact that local authorities were not prepared for the invasion that started at 5:00.
  • it is russian invaders who shell Volnovakha and don’t let residents evacuate.
  • Fitch lowered russia’s credit rating down to “С.” This means that russia’s default is imminent. Moody’s also lowered russia’s credit rating down to “C,” which is yet another proof that default is imminent. S&P Global Ratings gave russia a “CCC-” credit rating.
  • Zelenskiy had debunked claims that he was not in Kyiv on numerous occasions.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 16

  • UAF supposedly lost 34672 personnel, plus 23490 injured і 13,3k missing. National Guard lost 15000. Territorial Defense lost 20 thousand and 30 thousand wounded. russian fake news media claims this is Red Cross, burial centers, and Ministry of Defense information sent directly to Zelensky.
  • Ukrainian Air Force never shot down any russian aircraft. Except for those they already shot down. But it doesn’t count, so it is fair game.
  • If not for russia’s timely reaction, UAF would’ve done scorched earth on “lnr/dnr” cities.
  • russian invaders are not going to capture any cities. But not because they can’t. The goal of the invasion is to start a negotiation between russia and Ukraine.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Red Cross never gave any data on UAF, National Guard, Territorial Defense losses. russian fake news media posted a lot of stuff about that, albeit with dubious and questionable sources on this side of fiction. In addition, if one of the purported sources in Ministry of Defense data is sent straight to Zelenskiy, then how is it in russian fake news media access? It is reasonable to think that these russian fake news media reports are full-on fiction or heavily manipulated hearsay.
  • Ukrainian Air Force shoots down a lot of russian planes. For example, on the night of March 1st, there was an airfight between two UAF MiG-29 and two russian Su-35C in Kyiv Oblast. russian planes went down as they should. On March 7th, UAF Air Force shot down 2 enemy planes over Kyiv.
  • Ukraine never planned an offensive on Donbas. This is russia’s casus belli. It was russia who situated 140k military across the border and threatened to invade for months. The whole narrative is a tool for russia to depict Ukraine as warmongers looking for a reason to draw blood. We’ve already covered it many times:
  • If russia is not going to occupy any Ukrainian cities, then what are they doing when they are trying to occupy Mariupol, Volnovakha, Kherson, Energodar, and other cities? Why did russian invaders attack Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, and other cities? russia indeed tries to facilitate negotiations, but they do it by using banned weapons and killing civilians.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 15

  • On the third week of the war, Ukrainian propaganda found out that there were russians and russian-speaking populations in the Ukrainian cities. And now they are using this fact to blame russian invaders for shelling the russian population in Ukraine.
  • Victoria Nuland admitted that there are US biolaboratories in Ukraine.
  • UAF kidnapped a UN representative in Kharkiv.
  • Hungarian population of Ukraine started talking about rejoining Hungary/
  • There’s an illegal organ trade in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Government entered an agreement with local doctors to transfer the organs of the injured to Europe without their consent.
  • UAF General Staff reports that there are only 16 shot-down planes, not even 49. Because of that, The Ghost of Kyiv couldn’t shoot down 50 planes.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • russian propaganda mixes “russian population” and “russian-speaking population” to prove their point. Ukraine never denied its existence.
  • Victoria Nuland never said that there are US laboratories in Ukraine. Her words were taken out of context. “Secret US biolaboratories in Ukraine” is yet another russian propaganda myth. There is no proof of such things in Ukraine. The USA has helped to modernize Ukrainian laboratories since 2005. The goal is to upgrade research methods to prevent infectious diseases. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, these labs monitored the COVID-19 disease cycle. The United States has invested over $200 million for 46 laboratories and medical institutions’ development during the cooperation period. None of them work on any chemical or biological weapons. The USA initiated a chemical weapon development prevention program while USSR was developing chemical weapons. After the USSR collapse – leftovers of this program were left in Ukraine. US chemical weapon prevention program aims at keeping these contagious materials safe and used only for scientific purposes. This program was also active in russian laboratories up until 2014.
  • UAF didn’t kidnap any UN representatives in Kharkiv. According to Counterdisinformation Center, the UN itself had denied these claims.
  • It is not the first year when russian propaganda used the narrative about the Hungarian population of Ukraine wanting to join Hungary. They do it to discredit the territorial unity of Ukraine and emphasize that there are numerous separatist movements in Ukraine. Such actions are treason according to Ukrainian legislation. The perpetrators can get jailed for life.
  • Illegal organ trade is a long-running russian propaganda narrative. This time they are using it in the context of many injured people whose organs are suitable for the illegal organ trade. However, the Ukrainian organ transplant system is highly regulated, and there is no way to get somebody’s organs without their written consent.
  • russian invaders lost 81 airplanes during the war. It is approximately a quarter of those prepared for the invasion.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 14

  • It was a Ukrainian anti-air missile and not a russian bomb that exploded over Kurenivka (Kyiv). UAF anti-air missile, not russian missile, blew up the residential housings on the Lobanovskiy Prospect on February 26th.
  • Ukrainian Government had been collecting Slav biomaterials to create biological weapons. They did it with the US’ help.
  • Ukrainian provocateurs called “dnr” women to start protesting near the government building in Donetsk. And then, they opened fire on that district with Tochka U.
  • Ukrainian pro-russian activists were so scared during 8 years of “oppression” that even now, in the “liberated” cities, they are still afraid to express their political views.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Ukrainian Anti-Air Unit shot down a rocket over Kyiv today. Parts of the rocket had fallen on the Kurenivka district. 1 dead, 6 injured. The trolleybus with no passengers is totally demolished. On February 26th, it was russian invaders whose missile blew a hole through a residential housing complex on the Lobanovsky Prospect.
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Health, USA, and even the President already explained that Ukraine wasn’t developing any biological weapons in the biolaboratories. Even MSU researchers had stated that it is impossible to create an ethnic-centric biological weapon.
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense had debunked claims of UAF involvement in shelling Donetsk city center with Tochka U.
  • Ukraine had been fighting with russian propaganda and disinformation for over 8 years and counting. But it is hard to call an “oppression” when an entire pro-russian parliamentary faction is fully active. So the whole “oppression” just doesn’t make much sense.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 13:00 on March 14

  • Member of the Bundestag Sahra Wagenknecht stated that supplying Ukraine with weapons only prolongs “the crisis.”
  • 2018 measles epidemic started due to anti-russian policies. Ukraine disposed of the entire Priorix vaccine only because it was quality tested in russia. Україна утилізувала всю вакцину КПК “Пріорікс” лише тому, що її якість перевіряли у росії.
  • Ukrainians shot cluster bombs on Donetsk with Tochka U.
  • UAF sabotaged the Avdiyivka coke fuel plant and didn’t let anyone deal with the fire.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Sahra Wagenknecht is known for her pro-russian position regarding the russian invasion. She already called the russian invasion in Donbas a “civil war” led by “neo-nazis”. She also pushes the russian propaganda narrative of “fratricidal war”. In addition, she refuses to recognize the russian military presence in Donbas despite the opposite proof from OSCE, international investigators, testimonies of the russian military. She and several other members of the Die Linke party are included in the Peacekeeper database due to their attempts to legalize Crimea occupation and “lnr/dnr”.
  • First, Ukraine uses the Belgian Priorix vaccine against measles. Second, the measles epidemic is the result of anti-vax fake news hysteria and not some anti-russian policies.
  • It is russia who shoots Donetsk with Tochka U, not UAF. Also, Tochka U is not compatible with cluster bomb munition. Furthermore, cluster bombs are banned by international laws. But it doesn’t stop russia from using them.
  • Coke fuel plant in Avdiyivka was shelled with russian Grads. In addition, they damaged the gas pipeline, nearby school, and residential housings. Information on civilian casualties is currently being clarified.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 15:00 on March 13

  • Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett “advised” Zelenskiy to agree to russia’s demands and surrender. Allegedly, Zelenskiy said that “he heard him.”
  • UAF kills civilians in Popasna.
  • UAF opened fire on all humanitarian corridors on March 12th. They did that from russian positions, dressed like russians and firing from russian weapons.
  • Ukrainian nazi are burgling and killing civilians in Mariupol. They also use civilians as human shields.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Mykhailo Podolyak: “Israel, just like any other country-mediator, definitely doesn’t recommend Ukraine to agree on any russia’s conditions. It is impossible from military and political standpoints. On the contrary, Israel asks russia to look at things more realistically”.
  • Unlike russian invaders, UAF actually tries to save civilians at all cost, while russians shoot civilians on sight. Today, russian invaders shelled Popasna with phosphorous bombs banned by Geneva Convention. Yesterday, we did a piece about paragraphs of the Geneva Convention broken by russia.
  • 13 thousand people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors on March 13th. At the same time, evacuations from Zaporizhya, Energodar, Vorzel, Irpin, and Kozarovychi were made impossible due to russian invaders opening fire on humanitarian corridors.
  • As of now, 1582 civilians died due to the Mariupol blockade.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 12

  • There were reports of fires in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone woods.
  • the USA admits that Ukraine is an unviable state.
  • Provocation: russia may be preparing a mock referendum in Kherson to declare the so-called “kherson’s people republic.”
  • Western partners “abandoned” Ukraine: Spain provided навчальні муляжі for Instalaza C-90 and Alcotаn-100 grenade launchers.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • No government official, including the National Emergency Service of Ukraine, had reported on the forest fires in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. Ukraine’s Head of Intelligence already warned about russia attempting a provocation in the Chornobyl NPP Exclusion Zone. There are two possible scenarios: one of the features starts fires in the irradiated forests, the other involves shelling radioactive waste storage. They plan to blame Ukraine for doing that.
  • None of Ukrainian US partners ever stated that Ukraine is an “unviable state.” Quite the opposite, today, President Joe Biden signed a decree allocating $200 million to Ukraine for military needs.
  • russian invaders are preparing a mock referendum in Kherson. To do that, they call Kherson Oblast Council MPs and try to coerce them into collaboration. Meanwhile, Kherson residents come out to protest russian occupation every day.
  • russian propaganda tries playing mind games with Kherson residents by perpetuating such fake narratives as: “Kherson was abandoned,” “Ukraine doesn’t need Kherson,” “Ukraine left Kherson without means for existence” and so on and so forth.
  • Once again – there were no such reports. Spain plans to provide Ukraine with at least 1370 anti-tank grenade launchers and 700 thousand units of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 12:00 on March 12

  • russia’s new take on biolaboratories: the US conducted inhumane biological experiments on Ukrainians. It was essentially something similar to the MK Ultra Monarch program, which was based on the nazi human experimentation program. The proof – the growing number of alcohol- and drug-addicted people in russia-occupied Donbas.
  • Iron dome over russia is the West’s goal. Because of that, YouTube blocks russian fake news media, while Instagram marks them as russian fake news media.
  • Zuckerberg – XXI century hitler, because Meta approves violent messages regarding russians and belarussians.
  • russian invaders share their rations with civilians in Chernihiv oblast.
  • Zelenskiy is lying about sending humanitarian convoys to Mariupol because residents haven’t got any humanitarian help. And it is not because russian invaders keep on shelling the city so that no humanitarian aid can get through.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • As we have already repeated time and time – all those russian biolaboratory, biological-chemical-nuclear weapon-related news are nothing more than baseless claims and fantasies. The threat is that when russia accuses Ukraine of something, it probably means they are going to try it out themselves.
  • Western countries implement sanctions against russia due to their invasion of Ukraine. However, russia voluntarily imposes a lot of limitations on itself. It is roskomnadzor who limited access to Facebook and Twitter and not the other way, Instagram closes on March 14th. The decision will cut over 80 million users from the platform.
  • Meta allows violent messages regarding russians and belarussians on Facebook and Instagram in the russo-Ukrainian War context. In its comment, the company, explained that this is only allowed for Ukrainian users. In addition, this permit allows people to use words for self-defense in times of war.
  • Today, russian invaders destroyed Hotel “Ukraine” in Chernihiv. In addition, russian invaders keep on bombing civilian infrastructure with artillery and airstrikes. Chernihiv is left without electricity, gas, water, and heating this morning. City services are repairing the infrastructure to restore the supply.
  • The humanitarian corridors to and from Mariupol are currently active. However, russian invaders open fire on the convoys and don’t let civilians get out of the city or supplies to arrive in the city.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 11

  • Nationalists blew up the Institute of Physics and Technology in Kharkiv to hide proof of nuclear weapon research.
  • 30 biolaboratory network was working on expanding the pathogen features of infectious diseases.
  • NATO turned the civil conflict into a full-blown war of the West against russia.
  • USA and EU started to rehabilitate fascism.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • The whole “rehabilitating fascism” thing is yet another russia’s attempt to justify its invasion. None of the Ukrainian Officials ever expressed allegiance to fascist ideology. Like any other country, there are far-right radicals in Ukraine, but they are marginal at best and don’t have much influence in Ukrainian politics or society. Propaganda of intolerance, and propaganda of nazism is banned in Ukraine.
  • There was never a civil conflict in Ukraine. russia attacked Ukraine in 2014 and occupied parts of Donbas and Crimea. Then, on February 24th, they started a full-on invasion in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Health state that there are no such laboratories in Ukraine, and the whole narrative is disinformation. Ken Psaki already called russia’s claims “pointless”. In addition, russia’s claim about an “ethnic-centric biological weapon” is impossible to make. Most of pathogens and bacteria in Ukrainian laboratories are actually common microorganisms.
  • On March 10th, russian invaders shelled the Institute of Physics and Technology in Kharkiv.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 11

  • Events in Ukraine – is the third Maidan. Ukraine was going to attack belarussia is not for the russian invasion.
  • Concentration camps were “found” on the “lnr” “territories” “liberated” from “Ukrainian nazi.”
  • UAF uses cluster bombs.
  • Ukraine in the EU is just Ukrainian propaganda fake news.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Do you need yet another explanation that what is going on now is russian invasion and not “maidan” or “special operation”?
  • Ukrainians never organized any concentration camps in “lnr/dnr”. russians did that. During 8 years of war in Donbas – there was an infamous “Isolation” concentration camp. In 2014 Secret Service of Ukraine had published a concentration camp map of Donbas.
  • russian invaders use cluster bombs. National Emergency Service found such left by russian invaders in Mykolaiv Oblast.
  • European Council made a statement condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine at the informal European Council summit in Versailles. They also made statements about increasing the sanctions against russia and commented on Ukraine’s possible joining the EU. The EU recognized the prospect of Ukraine’s membership in the EU.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 10

  • US biolaboratories in Ukraine research coronavirus and other infectious diseases spread on specific nations (russians in particular). According to russian propaganda, the dangerous pathogen and bacteria transmission were to occur through bats and birds.
  • Ukrainian bomb disposal experts could not disable the FAB-250 bomb with their bare hands.
  • lavrov: Ukraine was stealing russian gas.
  • lavrov part Deux: there was an extremist Azov battalion in the maternity hospital, not pregnant women.
  • Ukrainian nationalists killed 14 thousand pro-russian Donbas residents during 8 years of war.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • if you follow russian fake news media, it seems like russia is going to blame Ukraine for creating and spreading COVID-19. The whole “expose” russia is trying to pull off about biolaboratories in Ukraine is actually open-source data. The goal of these biolabs is to reduce the threat of infectious diseases. According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, all Ukrainian laboratories have one general function – indicate and identify causes for infectious diseases with epidemic potential or international notoriety according to international medical regulations.
  • National Emergency Service of Ukraine actually managed to defuse a FAB-250 bomb. There is video proof of that on their official channel. Overall, just during March 9 Загалом впродовж 9 березня ДСНС виконали 22 заявки з Чернігова щодо розмінування. Тим часом росія обстрілює житлові райони міст України зокрема із забороненої зброї.
  • Ukraine stopped buying russian gas in November 2015 and never stole any russian gas. First of all, it is technically challenging to pull that off, given the fact that Gas Transfer System Operators monitor the gas transfer and its quantity. Second, since 2015 Ukraine has bought gas from European countries owned by European countries. It can be of any origins because, unlike russia, European countries use gas as a political pressure tool.
  • As for Mariupol, lavrov recites russian propaganda narrative. The maternity hospital wasn’t empty: we knew that the attack resulted in 17 injured by evening. In the morning, we found out that 3 people had died, including 1 child. the whole lavrov statement means that russian invaders intentionally opened fire on the maternity hospital. lavrov also cynically called photos of injured women in labor “manipulative” because they don’t show “the other side.” .
  • During 8 years of war, 14 thousand people have died. But, not all of them were civilians, and they wouldn’t die if russia hadn’t attacked Ukraine. According to a UN report: during the period 14.04.2014 to 31.12.2022, 14,2-14,4 thousand people have died during a war in Donbas. Only 3,4 thousand of them are civilians, including 152 children. 81,4% civilians died on “lnr/dnr” territory, 16,3% on Ukraine-controlled territory, 2,3% on the separation line.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 17:00 on March 9

  • UAF uses civilians as human shields because NATO said so.
  • According to russian propaganda, it is dangerous not only to express your own opinion in Ukraine but also to remain silent instead of approving the “nazi regime.”
  • UAF lacks personnel.
  • russia didn’t damage the Chornobyl NPP power supply. What really “happened” is that the Solar Chernobyl solar power station was temporarily turned off, and there is no real threat for Chornobyl NPP. Aside from the situation spiraling out of control.
  • Ukraine disallows foreign students to evacuate.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • UAF, unlike russian invaders, don’t use civilians as human shields. UAF protects civilians at all costs instead. It is russia who shells and bombs civilians, civilian infrastructure, and even humanitarian corridors. For example, today, russian invaders disrupted evacuation from Bucha and blocked 50 buses with civilians.
  • There is no freedom of speech limitations in Ukraine. On the contrary, the Ukrainian Constitution bans censorship, and enforcing it is a crime. Meanwhile, in russia, there is no freedom of speech, and just recently, russian authorities blocked access to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Mobilization in Ukraine takes place based on a Presidential Decree. People with military experience are first in line for mobilization. Mobilization has taken place all over Ukraine for 90 days since the decree. Meanwhile, in russia, hidden mobilization is used to compensate for immense casualties.
  • Due to russian invaders’ thoughtless actions, Chornobyl NPP’s power supply is down. Currently, Chornobyl NPP is on diesel-generators which will last for 48 hours. If the power supply is not restored in 48 hours, the cooling system for the spent nuclear fuel facility will turn off, and this will lead to a radiation leak.
  • 2046 foreign students from 27 countries are stuck in Sumy, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kherson – all due to russian invaders disrupting evacuation.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 12:00 on March 9

  • everpresent ilya kiva: since 2014, all hirings in the Ukrainian Government went through US Embassy. Nazism was a dominant ideology in education. Meanwhile, yuriy boyko, according to kiva, is actually a British spy who destroys the meaning of the OPZzH party.
  • According to “dnr” representatives, Ukraine plans to disrupt humanitarian corridors in Volnovakha and Mariupol.
  • Ukraine is responsible for the destruction of civilian residential housings. Civilians will soon suffer from hunger and cold.
  • russia limits the use of Facebook and Twitter due to enemy propaganda and fake news.
  • Azov planted bombs in a nuclear reactor in Kharkiv and demanded russian troops to leave.
  • Ukraine is not going to open humanitarian corridors to russia because they also didn’t want to follow Minsk Accords.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • OPZzH MP’s are world-class bullshitters who lead every lying politician index. They repeat kremlin narratives. Here’s the video breakdown of their blatant lies.
  • Ukraine and russia had agreed upon a ceasefire on March 9th from 9:00 to 21:00 to arrange an evacuation from Mariupol to Zaporizhya and from Volnovakha to Pokrovsk. However, these plans were disrupted by russian invaders opening fire on humanitarian corridors just because they could.
  • Kharkiv, Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel – cities destroyed by russian invaders. Photos of these cities are worth a thousand words. They show what russian invaders mean by “demilitarization” and “denazification,” they what they call “peace.”
  • It is russia who put an iron curtain on its citizen. russia is at the 150th spot out of 180 on World Press Freedom Index. Ukraine is in the 97th spot.
  • russian invaders fired Grads on National Research Center “Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology”, which contains where the neutron source research facility is located, in the core of which 37 nuclear fuel cells are loaded. In addition, russian invaders hold hostages in Zaporizhya NPP and Chornobyl NPP. In the latter case, invaders also slowly die of radiation poisoning.
  • russia kept ignoring most of the Minsk Accords for 8 years. That was why the situation on Donbas was left unresolved and kept getting worse as time went by. Ukraine tried to maintain the security part of the Minsk Accords, while russia kept disregarding it. Simultaneously, the political part of the Minsk Accords directly contradicted Ukrainian interests.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 8

  • UAF opened fire on the humanitarian corridor in Sumy Oblast.
  • Azov battalion disrupted Mariupol evacuation.
  • natalia poklonska, together with rosgvardia, brought humanitarian help from russia to Kherson. Meanwhile, the russian emergency service brought in 430 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbas. The russian military also provides humanitarian help in Chernihiv oblast.
  • roskosmos general director dmitriy rogozin called the nationalization of the peoples of Ukraine, the ban on the use of the native russian language and russian culture, the physical destruction and genocide of all those who opposed Bandera a manifestation of Nazism in Ukraine.
  • If UAF destroys “lnr/dnr” cities, then there is no doubt who actually shot down MH-17.
  • Due to Collective West providing fighter jets for Ukraine, there will be more civilian casualties.
  • “External control”: NATO controls the conflict in Ukraine.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • At 13:00, russian invaders opened fire on the evacuation corridor from Sumy to Poltava. As of 16:00, the movement was restored. Corridor will remain open until 21:00.
  • russian invaders keep 300000 hostages and prevent civilian evacuation despite Red Cross participation. UAF cleaned the road over the agreed direction of the evacuation corridor. However, russian invaders opened fire, and the whole evacuation attempt fell apart.
  • russia smuggles weapons and fuel under the guise of humanitarian help. Just like when they did the same with humanitarian convoys to Donbas.
  • There was never a russian language ban in Ukraine. The implementation of the language law emphasized the use of state language while limiting the use of russian on tv, radio, books, education. Casual use of russian was never under any limitations. Interestingly, russian propaganda never gives any examples of what they call “physical extermination” of those “against Bandera.” The lack of facts means these are baseless claims.
  • Numerous investigations concluded that Malaysian Boeing MH-17 was shot down by a rocket from Buk missile system owned by the 53rd missile brigade stationed near Kursk, russia. It was sent to Donbas just before the tragedy and was based on the occupied territory. After completing its tasks, it returned to russia.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 15:00 on March 7

  • Ukrainians present their own demolished equipment as russian.
  • UAF breaks Geneva Convention norms regarding the protection of civilians during wartime.
  • russian invaders’ offensive of Z and V armies in Chornobyl NPP and Zaporizhya NPP is allegedly due to a threat of nuclear weapon development on the Nuclear Plants.
  • Civialian evacuation will be monitored by drones so that UAF wouldn’t disrupt it.
  • Specific forms and senses in Joe Biden’s speech confirm that putin’s words are honest and correct.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • As of 07.03, UAF had destroyed: over 11000 enemy personnel, 290 tanks, 999 armored vehicles, 117 artillery systems, 46 planes, 68 helicopters, 3 ships, and boats.
  • It is russian invaders who open fire on civilians. From 24.02 4:00 to 0:00 5.03 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed 1123 instances of civilian death or injury: 364 dead and 707 injured.
  • Energrodar and nearby settlements are on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe due to russian invaders’ actions. That’s their current plan. russian invaders force Zaporizhya NPP management to approve all their decisions with invaders. There were 500 occupants on Zaporizhya NPP, while Chornobyl NPP got 1000 occupants.
  • It is russian invaders disrupt civilian evacuation in Bucha, Irpin, Volnovakha, Mariupol, Energodar, and other cities.
  • putin lies pretty much every minute. The proof.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 13:00 on March 7

  • occupants fight for Kharkiv until the end because it is alleged that there was a nuclear weapon development facility.
  • russian and pro-russian telegram channels criticize Iryna Vereschuk’s
    decision to turn down russian offers to organize humanitarian convoys to evacuate Ukrainians to russia and belarussia. Meanwhile, UAF continues to open fire on humanitarian corridors in Mariupol.
  • moscow is dissatisfied with Germany’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine. The reason: those weapons might get in the hands of marauders and terrorists.
  • russian invaders threaten the civilians: those who are not happy to see invaders will have the same fate as every other “nazi.” Liberation, eh?
  • Ukrainian Authorities asking civilians to come out for peaceful protests is actually to use them as human shields for the Ukrainian military.

And now – THE TRUTH!

  • 209 killed in Kharkiv Oblast, including 133 civilians. Reminder: nuclear weapons in Ukraine are russian fantasies. Ukraine follows its commitments to international agreements and does not develop any nuclear weapon, nor does it have the capacity to do so.
  • it is russia disrupts humanitarian corridors by opening fire on civilians trying to evacuate. Arranging humanitarian corridors to russia and belarussia while these countries attack Ukraine – is unacceptable.
  • On February 26th, Germany decided to provide Ukraine with 1000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger rockets.
  • Civialians going at peaceful protests against occupations are doing it voluntarily. Such protests currently occur in Starobilsk (Luhansk Oblast), in Melitopol, in Kherson. Yesterday, Crimea Tatar-led anti-occupation protest took place in Chongar (Kherson Oblast). At the same time, russian invaders opened fire on protesters in Nova Kahovka. There are dead and injured.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 16:00 on March 6

  • russian invaders sent their humanitarian help to Luhansk Oblast
  • Azov Battalion asks Mariupol residents to stay in shelters and don’t evacuate. This means UAF intentionally disrupts civilian evacuation.
  • Samsung supports the «Z» army in its fight against fascism in Ukraine.
  • pushing: Ukrainian military were planning to attack Crimea and Donbas in summer 2022Українські військові планували атакувати Крим і Донбас навесні 2022-го.
  • USA sent 15 biolaboratories to Ukraine to prepare new bacteria to poison everything around.

And now – THE TRUTH

  • Evacuation vehicles were unable to move out of Mariupol as russian invaders kept shelling the city.
  • Samsung Electronics stopped selling their products in russia.
  • On February 21st, russia made a spectacle out of recognizing “lnr/dnr”: the security council meeting was pre-recorded, as were numerous videos of the so-called leaders of the so-called republics. All this points out that it was russia who created a casus belli for themselves to start a full-scale invasion.
  • this is not the first time russian attempted to launch a disinformation campaign about US biolaboratories. Interestingly, the very same lies were repeated by MPs from OPZZh. US Embassy in Ukraine has already debunked these claims. In addition, the Secret Service of Ukraine denied the existence of such “foreign” laboratories and pointed out that Ukrainian laboratories get financing from the state budget and are directly subordinate under Ministry of Health.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 13:00 on March 6

  • Kyiv plans to create a “dirty” bomb in Chornobyl.
  • Ukrainian nazis threaten Melitopol residents who take humanitarian help from russian invaders.
  • Territorial Defense Forces of Kherson were preparing a terrorist act during a peaceful protest.
  • Ukrainian Authorities declined to guarantee a ceasefire in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

And now – THE TRUTH

  • Ukraine has signed the Budapest Memorandum with the UK, the USA, and russia. The latter does not honor the agreement. According to the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons. In return, USA, UK, and russia promised not to infringe on Ukraine’s sovereignty. However, the agreement does not specify how to implement these security guarantees. Ukraine abandoning the Budapest Memorandum doesn’t mean Ukraine can restore its nuclear arsenal as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (which Ukraine had signed in 1994) prohibits such actions. Violating the Treaty means extensive economic and political sanctions (just like what happened to Iran).
  • It was russian invaders who opened fire on peaceful Ukrainian protests.
  • Kherson and Kherson Oblast residents come out on peaceful protests with Ukrainian flags against russian invaders.
  • russian invaders occupy Mariupol and Volnovakha while civilians wait for humanitarian corridors. Humanitarian help from Dnipro and Zaporizhya is going to Mariupol.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 5

  • Ukrainian occupational forces spent 8 years marauding and terrorizing the local population of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast.
  • Kyiv declines to arrange humanitarian corridors in Kharkiv, Sumy, and Energodar.
  • UAF in Bucha fires from residential housings.
  • Due to Ukraine’s interference, only 3 families managed to evacuate from Mariupol. And they were fired upon by UAF. Ukrainian Authorities didn’t bother to warn anyone about the humanitarian corridor.
  • kadyrov: Zelenskiy must give the power to the legitimate president – yanukovych, who betrayed his country, fled its people, and stopped being relevant as soon as russia took over Crimea.

And now THE TRUTH

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces in Luhansk and Donetsk protected the territories under Ukrainian control. All this time, Ukraine had numerous support programs for Eastern Oblast residents and displaced people.
  • russian invaders are the reason why humanitarian corridors are impossible. They keep on firing all the time. Today’s attempt to evacuate Mariupol and Volnovakha fell apart because of that.
  • The most dangerous directions in Kyiv Oblast are Zhytomyr highway, Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel, Makarov, and the northern Vyshgorod area. russian invaders continue to shell residential housings and civilian infrastructure. The entire Kyiv Oblast is under a threat of air raids. In addition, there are still recon groups to deal with.
  • russian invaders ignore international humanitarian organizations’ appeals (Red Cross and the likes) to arrange a ceasefire and let evacuate civilians.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 14:00 on March 5

  • “Ukrainian-nazi junta” blows up its own railroads and disrupts evacuation of their own citizens so that they can use them as “human shields.”
  • in the meantime, “dnr” claims that “Ukrainian militants” prevent civilian evacuation in Mariupol. According to russian fake news media, Ukrainian Armed Forces also prevent civilian evacuation.
  • Zelenskiy was several times transferred from Lviv to the NATO base in Poland.
  • russian army does not apply scorched earth tactics at all. It just looks like that, but it is definitely not.
  • illya kiva: “Zelenskiy had lost his connection to reality. All of his western partners had turned their backs on him.”

and now – THE TRUTH

  • russian invaders blew up the railroads in Kyiv Oblast.
  • Evacuations in Mariupol and Volnovakha fell apart because the russian military resumed fire.
  • On March 4th, Zelenskiy confirmed in his video address that he is in Kyiv.
  • On March 5th, UAF shot an enemy plane that had 3 FAB-500 bombs. russian occupants bombed local CHP in Okhtyrka (Sumska Oblast). Shelling of one of Fastiv region villages caused a fire in 8 houses.
  • 141 countries support a UN General Assembly “Aggression against Ukraine”. According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 38 countries had closed their airspace for russian planes.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 18:00 on March 4

  • Zelenskiy has been long evacuated from Kyiv. He’s probably not even in Lviv. He’s in Poland. Meanwhile, there are reports that Olena Zelenska was seen on French beaches.
  • the USA and The Collective West want to cancel sanctions against russia. Someone’s off their meds.
  • pro-russian traitor azarov: NATO planned to base 4 military brigades in Ukraine. Air Brigade was even nuclear-capable. By the end of 2022, NATO planned to provoke a conflict with russia with nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, russians straight up shell Nuclear Power Plant in Zaporizhya.
  • Chernihiv City Authorities keep the population in nazi occupation.
  • russian military, unlike UAF, provides food and medicine to the occupied territories. It is probably all vodka.
  • UAF plunder Volnovakha stores and run over city residents. Upon retreat, they also fired rockets into civilian infrastructure.
  • Kharkiv is under marauder and nazi battalion rule. Whatever that means.
  • Ukrainian propaganda supposedly spreads fake news about Youtube, Google, and Facebook, stopping its operation in russia.

And now – THE TRUTH

  • Reports about President Zelenskiy’s evacuation are a part of the demoralization campaign of russian propaganda.
  • sanctions against russia are intact and grow stronger with each passing day. Even Switzerland, which was neutral until very recently, had implemented sanctions against russia: export ban for certain oil products and various space- air-related products and tech; restrictions on securities trading, issuing loans or accepting deposits; freezing putin’s cronies assets.
  • NATO never provoked any conflicts against other countries. The russian invasion goes on for 9 days – it is all russian doing. Just remember how putin used pre-recorded security council meeting to declare a war.
  • russian invader shell Chernihiv with Grads and Uragans. The russian military keeps on shelling residential housings and civilian infrastructure.
  • It is russian invaders who attack Volnovakha. Just today, Ukrainian Anti-air units shot down an enemy SU-25 fighter jet.  And then UAF shot down russian bomber SU-34, which was followed by Mi-8 helicopter to retrieve a pilot, so UAF shot it down too.
  • russian invaders shell Kharkiv all the time. The city needs green corridors to receive humanitarian help, yet russian block such efforts with their relentless shelling.
  • No one in Ukraine says that YouTube, Google, or Facebook stopped working in russia. russian propaganda channels get blocked left, right and center because of their shameless lies. YouTube blocked a lot of russian propaganda channels: Channel One, rossiya 24 and rossiya 1, TASS, RIA Novosti, RBC, Zvezda TV Channel, among others. Meanwhile, Alphabet (Google’s mother company) banned YouTube monetization for RT propaganda media  At the same time, it is russia that blocks Facebook for its citizens. It is easy to lose the train of thought when you lie that much.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 22:00 on March 3

  • Several Territorial Community websites were hacked. russian invaders put on a fake president address announcing capitulation. In addition, the russia can go as far as creating a deepfake video with the president announcing surrender.
  • russia is ready to provide humanitarian help to Kherson, Sumska, and Kharkivska Oblasts. Meanwhile, Ukrainians block “green” and humanitarian corridors and keep city residents “occupied.”
  • “neo-nazis” opened fire on Chinese students trying to flee Kharkiv.
  • UAF set landmines in Kyiv and Kharkiv

And now – it is time for THE TRUTH

  • Counterdisinformation Center warns: any capitulation announcements are fake. They are nothing more than yet another provocation attempt from russian invaders. Here’s how you can distinguish deep fakes from real videos:
    – the plausibility of content: the enemy will try to show us something relatively easy to believe from a person we trust the most.
    – sound: the voice can differ a lot. Finding a voice actor with a 100% match is almost impossible. Voice synthesizers also lack the natural texture of the voice. This aspect alone makes the production of such video an exercise in futility;
    – the quality of the face mask: deepfake video can’t do swift movements and textured faces (wrinkles, stubble, beard, deepfake can’t handle eye movement well);
    – if you look at the video frame by frame – you can see deep fake artifacts in head movement and facial expressions. Here’s an excellent tool to do that – InVid
  • «green corridor» is yet another tactical instrument of russian invaders. They kidnap people under the pretense of “saving” them, “evacuating” them to the “safe place.” russian invaders did this in Irpin, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other cities even though there was no blockage. russian invaders used this method for the first time in Ilovaisk, and it was a big tragedy. Now, russian invaders are trying to do “evacuation” to present themselves as peacekeepers (who shell civilian residential housings nevertheless)

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 3

  • Human rights of people living in the Donbas region weren’t UN’s concern for 8 years.
  • Alternate reality: Ukrainian prisoners of war allegedly confessed to russian invaders that they were not warned about russian “special operation.” In addition, Ukrainian Armed Forces allegedly use children for provocations, while Territorial Defense Force uses ambulance cars as a cover.
  • Fake: Zelenskiy is allegedly captured near Volnovakha while hiding in the bushes.
  • Cynicism: russia’s minister of foreign affairs sergey lavrov claims that russian military use only high-precision weapons and attack only military structures, and they never fire on army barracks
  •  russian fake news media show Zaporizhya while talking about Kharkiv, they said: “everything is fine in Kharkiv, we don’t bomb anyone.”

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • UN has handled Donbas’ humanitarian issues since 2014.
  • russian propaganda distorts all facts: the russian military had no idea where they were going, the russian military organize “evacuations” to use civilians as human shields, the russian military hijack police and ambulance cars to break into the cities.
  • following russian invaders’ logic: they caught Zelenskiy arounв 10 in the morning (when these “news” started to “surface”), then how he was addressing Ukrainians throughout the day with up-to-date information?
  • According to lavrov logic, shelling hospitals in Zaporizhya Oblast or destroying regional hospital in Chernihiv, shelling kindergartens and residential housings in Kharkiv, firing into Energodar schools, Kyiv TV Tower and Babyn Yar and a couple of hundred more examples – does it looks like they’re firing at “military structures with high-precision weapons”?

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 22:00 on March 2

  • Manipulation: anti-russian sanctions can also harm Ukraine because Ukraine buys russian gas from the EU.
  • Predictable fake news: Zelenskiy is ready to give up Crimea and “lnr\dnr” within the border on 24.02.2022.
  • Demoralization: more and more Ukrainian military surrender their weapon or run away.
  • Alternate reality: російським військовим потрібен мир, а нашим – лише бліцкриг.
  • Cynicism: Ukrainian Armed Forces place their equipment near residential housings.
  • Lies Lies Lies: Horlivka is under dnr/russia control.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • Ukraine doesn’t buy russian gas since November 2015. Since then, Ukraine has bought gas from EU countries, and since the EU owns it, its origin doesn’t really matter.
  • Hybrid War: All sorts of announcements about capitulation or renunciation of our territorial integrity are russian FAKES that Ukrainian Authorities predicted and warned about. Deepfake videos seem to be russian propaganda’s new toy. Ukrainian authorities report that russian invaders are trying to produce a deepfake of Zelenskiy declaring surrender.
  • russian invaders don’t need peace, and it was putin who planned blitzkrieg, and he failed miserably. According to various estimates, russians planned to take over Ukraine in 3-15 days. Overestimation of their capacity is a russian trademark feature.
  • Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexiy Danilov confirms that Horlivka is under Ukrainian Armed Forces’ control.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 19:00 on March 2

  • Fake: Korban and Filatov plan to blame russians by collecting bodies in local morgues and dropping them on the streets of “dnepropetrovsk” (Dnipro, you dummies), Kryviy Rig and Novomoscovsk.
  • Destabilization: clashes in Kyiv are nothing more than armed confrontations between Territorial Defence Forces and Ukrainian Armed Forces.
  • Extortion: unknowns seem to collect money to support the Kherson bakery plant.
  • Possible provocation: Rivno Territorial Defense will mine Rivno Nuclear Power Plant. Meanwhile, russia wants to take over Zaporizhya NPP to save it from UAF provocations.
  • russia’s ministry of defense: russian military allegedly managed to negotiate with the Kherson elite to get the city’s life back to normal.
  • Manipulation: Lots of Ukrainians are trying to leave the country with Hungarian passports.
  • Alternate Reality: All world countries are trying to destroy Zelenskiy. And he knows that only russia can “save” him. Yeah, sure.
  • Warped reality: UAF and Aidar battalion took the entire population of Mariupol hostage.
  • Demoralization attempt: Berdyansk Residents thank occupants for “saving” them. It’s a hard case of apophenia.

And now – THE TRUTH:

  • it is russia who genocides Ukrainian People. 2000 dead during 7 days of the war, discounting military. National Emergency Service neutralized 400 fires evacuated over 500 people. Pyrotechnicians neutralized 416 explosive devices.
  • The Battle of Kyiv Rages On! The enemy shelled Bila Tserkva on the night of Marth 2nd. There were armed clashes in Bucha and Hostomel.  Later in the day, Ukrainian Armed Forces had liberated Makariv (Kyiv Oblast) and established their outpost.
  • Kherson State Administration debunks fake news about donations for bakery plant.

Latest THREATS, PROVOCATIONS and DISINFO of russia as of 23:00 on March 1

  • Demoralization: There is no captured russian military equipment. Only abandoned, damaged, or broken.
  • Pseudo fact-checking extravaganza: photos of the Kyiv TV Tower bombings victims are fake because bodies can get to such a state only after 4-6 hours.
  • Alternate reality: it is dangerous in Ukrainian cities and on the roads because there are many armed people, and authorities ask people to use Molotov cocktails actively.
  • Scare tactics: russian invaders plan to destroy everything except for Western regions of Ukraine.

And now – it is time for THE TRUTH

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces and even civilians managed to capture A LOT of russian military equipment. National Agency on Corruption Prevention states that you don’t need to declare captured russian tanks because it doesn’t exceed 100 subsistence minimums (248 100 UAH).
  • when russians do “fack-checking,”… they only distort the truth further. People really died because of the bombing of the Kyiv TV Tower. The video shows that it happened near the TV Tower at Babyn Yar due to a rocket attack.
  • Territorial defense protects civilians. It is russian invaders who harm them. At the same time, Territorial Defense Forces need your help. The Head of Sumy State Administration states that Territorial Defense Forces protects 1,1 million Sumy oblast residents.
  • In the meantime, Odesa mayor Gennady Trukhanov and Head of the Military Civil administration Sergiy Grynevetskiy are activ