Ложь на крови: в США опубликовали 60 фейков российских СМИ об Украине. ФОТОрепортаж

Ложь на крови: в США опубликовали 60 фейков российских СМИ об Украине. ФОТОрепортаж

В числе примеров приведены статьи в крупнейшем информационном агентстве России РИА-Новости, Russia Today и Российская газета.

Американский сайт Exeminer.com опубликовал 60 наиболее примечательных неправдивых фактов, опубликованных в российских СМИ, об Украине, передает ЛIГАБiзнесIнформ.

"Агрессивная информационная война России, которая ведется ее большой пропагандистской машиной, продолжает производить дезинформацию, чтобы оправдать свои действия в Украине", - сказано в материале.

"Заведомо ложная информация и обманчивые образы в настоящее время распространяются в каждом доступном месте: от ведущих политиков и печально известных средств массовой информации России, вплоть до блогеров, полезных идиотов и орд платных троллей, которые распространяют ненависть и нагло лгут", - подчеркивает издание.

Среди примеров приведены статьи в крупнейшем информационном агентстве России РИА-Новости, Russia Today и Российская газета.

In the recent years, the West has been largely oblivious to Russia's propaganda machine, which managed to use its reach to create a league of clueless Putinistas the world over. The Ukrainian popular revolution shone the spotlight on the outright fabrications and despicable lies by Kremlin-controlled media, which strives to create an alternate reality for its audiences. This includes not only Russian mainstream media, but also hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.

Here are top 20 of the most outrageous fabrications about Ukraine, which have been recently debunked.

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No. 1 This photograph from Saudi Arabia was falsely represented as a picture from Slavyansk, Ukraine. 

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No. 2 Photoshopped photograph, falsely claiming that Donetsk was burned down by the Ukrainian military.

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No. 3 Photograph from China, which was falsely represented to be a picture from Donbass, Ukraine. 

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No. 4 Photograph from Bosnia, falsely represented to show Ukrainian military abusing/murdering civilians in Donbass, Ukraine. 

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No. 5 Election results shown on Russian television, falsely claiming that Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh was leading in the polls. 

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No. 6 Video from Kabardino-Balkaria, RF falsely represented to have been filmed in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. 

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No. 7 Gruesome video from Dagestan, which was falsely represented to have been filmed in Kramatorsk, Ukraine.

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No. 8 A morgue in Ciudad Juarez, which was falsely represented to be the city morgue of Slavyansk, Ukraine, allegedly filled with corpses of Ukrainian military men/national guard.

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No. 9 Photo of U.N. helicopters in Africa falsely represented to be a photo of the Ukrainian military using U.N. helicopters in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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No. 10 Photo from a feature film falsely represented to depict a real child, orphaned by the Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine. 

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No. 11 Photo of a child killed in Aleppo, Syria falsely represented to depict a child killed by the Ukrainian military in Slavyansk, Ukraine. 

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No. 12 Photo of a child, murdered by a mentally ill person in 2010 in Crimea is falsely represented to depict a child murdered by the Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine. 

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No. 13 Photo of a 2012 demonstration in Poland falsely represented as a demonstration in Ukraine in 2014, demanding its annexation by Poland.

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No. 14 Photo of the Lac-Megantic derailment in Quebec, Canada falsely represented as a photograph from Slavyansk, Ukraine.

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No. 15 A video from Syria, which was falsely represented as a video filmed in Donetsk, Ukraine. 

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No. 16 Photo of a woman killed in Venezuela falsely represented to depict a woman murdered by the Ukrainian military in Donetsk, Ukraine. 

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No. 17 Footage depicting damage by pro-Russian terrorists/separatists to the border crossing station in Ukraine purports to show a government building in Lugansk, allegedly damaged by the Ukrainian government's airstrike.

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No. 18 Russian TV stations falsely claimed there was a mass exodus of Ukrainian citizens to Russian Federation. To corroborate their blatantly untrue statement, photos and video of a Polish border crossing with Ukraine were shown.

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No. 19 This is not a Ukrainian drone shot down by pro-Russian terrorists/separatists. It's an Azerbaijani drone, shot down in Nagorno Karabakh.

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No. 20 A video from Syria was falsely identified as the footage depicting pro-Russian terrorists/separatists downing a Ukrainian helicopter over Donetsk, Ukraine. 

Russia?s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia?s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.

In addition to Russia's top 20 lies about Ukraine, here is a collection of the next 20 fabrications and intentional misrepresentations:

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This photo of Kosovo refugees was falsely reported to represent thousands of Ukrainian refugees, allegedly escaping to Russia. In their statements to the media, Russian government officials grossly overstated the number of refugees from Ukraine. 

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Photo on the left was alleged to be that of a soldier with the National Guard of Ukraine, supposedly cannibalizing the corpses of enemy combatants. In reality, it was taken from a web page demonstrating special effects and make-up for action movies.

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Ukrainian military was falsely accused of using phosphorus against the civilian population. The video shown by TV Station "Zvezda" and multiple other sources as the alleged evidence of the said atrocities was actually a 2004 CNN video from Fallujah, Iraq.

An intercepted telephone conversation revealed that Donetsk separatists were asking their collaborators in Russia to provide them with remnants of a phosphorus bomb, which would in turn enable them to better sell this fabrication to the media.    

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One of the victims of the tragic events in Odessa was falsely represented by the Russian media to have been a pregnant woman, strangled with a cord. In reality, the victim, Anna Varenikina, was a 59 year old woman, who died from the combination of thermal damage, smoke inhalation and related poisoning. 

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Video of a Russian tank, allegedly hit by the Ukrainian National Guard, in reality turned out to be a 2012 video of a Syrian army tank destroyed by the rebels.

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This outrageous misrepresentation came straight from Kremlin, echoing false claims disseminated by the Russian mainstream media. Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of building concentration camps, where dissenting ethnic Russians would be imprisoned by the authorities. In reality, Ukraine simply continued its 2009 project of building small detention facilities for illegal migrants, designed to hold no more than 100 people at a time. These facilities are very similar to other such detention centers across Europe. Ukrainian government officials expressed their outrage at the depths of depraved, twisted imagination that birthed such a far-fetched fabrication.

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Russian media, including NTV television program, alleged that members of the Ukrainian military attacked a funeral procession by the separatists. In fact, separatists themselves fired the shots into the air, but were not attacked by the military. This is apparent from the following video of the funeral.

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Russian media, referring to obscure blogs of conspiracy theorists, claimed that the U.S. refused to accept bodies of 13 CIA spies, allegedly killed when terrorists in Ukraine downed two military helicopters. In reality, two members of the Ukrainian military suffered deaths in these incidents; no foreign agents were present on board the helicopters nor suffered death during these events. 

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In an NTV television segment, former "Russian Language Professor" falsely alleged that he was suddenly fired in March of 2014 for refusing to lecture his students in Ukrainian language. In reality, this was a Professor of Foreign Literature, who willingly resigned from his position on November 1, 2013.  

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Russia's Channel One and other prominent mainstream media falsely claimed that the Ukrainian government ordered the removal of trees from the Maidan, in an attempt to destroy the evidence related to the direction from which the snipers fired on the crowd of protesters. Local blogger from Kyiv conducted an independent investigation, refuting these false claims with photographs and video.

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Russian media outlets (including the one pictured, entitled the Russian Army Headquarters) that recruit and arm "volunteers" from Russia to engage in acts of terrorism on the territory of Ukraine under the guise of "fighting against fascism," used a deliberately altered image of the Ukrainian tank, supposedly featuring a swastika.

The original image by Reuters did not contain any such markings.  

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Russia's Channel 24 invented an entire statement, allegedly made by the Ukrainian government. In this statement, journalists were allegedly threatened with imprisonment for unfavorable reporting about the situation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian government officials confirmed that no such announcement was ever made

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Numerous Russian mainstream media outlets have falsely claimed that a General of the Ukrainian military got on his knees in front of a former Ambassador from the U.S. in May of 2014. Russian media claimed that such an action demonstrated the subservience of the Ukrainian military to the United States of America.

In reality, the photograph in question was taken in June of 2013 during the theatrical performance about Kossack traditions. 

 

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A 1995 photo of Russia's notorious atrocities in Chechnya made media rounds as an alleged photo of the victims of the Ukrainian military. 

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Photograph of Russia's bombing of civilian populations in Georgia was represented as a depiction of the alleged bombing by the Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine.

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Still shot from the video of Russia's artillery drills using "Grad" systems was falsely represented to be the depiction of the Ukrainian military using "Grad" against the civilians of Donbass. 

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Photograph taken in a Russian prison in 2005 was falsely represented as a photo of the Ukrainian military's recruitment station. Russian propagandists went an extra mile by Photoshopping the colors of the Right Sector's flag over the nameplate of one of the guards. 

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A 2012 performance from a dance competition was falsely portrayed to be the Ukrainian celebration of the upcoming Euro integration in 2014.  

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Photograph of a burning tank, alleged to have been taken in Donbass, Ukraine in 2014 was actually a 2011 photo of a burning tank in Cote d'Ivoire.

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A photograph that was represented to depict the alleged brutality of the Ukrainian military against the civilians of Donbass, Ukraine in 2014 was actually a photo from Chechnya, taken in 2009. 

Russia?s aggressive information war, waged through its vast propaganda machine, continues to produce disinformation to justify its involvement in Ukraine. Deliberately false information and deceptive imagery is being disseminated in every available venue: from leading politicians and Russia?s infamous mainstream media, down to bloggers, useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine, spreading vitriol, hatred and blatant lies.

You can review previous installments of the series of articles exposing these falsehoods by visiting the following links:

?Russia?s top 40 lies about Ukraine?

?Russia's top 20 lies about Ukraine?

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RIA Novosti (one of the largest news agencies in Russia) published an article about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, citing outlandish claims of pro-Russian terrorists. Direct quote used in the article alleged that 180 members of Ukraine?s National Guard were found with their stomachs split open and 300 more bodies were located nearby, with all of their internal organs missing. Since there were no real photographs to corroborate this assertion, in mentioning 300 disemboweled bodies, RIA Novosti linked to a graphic image that in reality has nothing to do with Ukraine. In fact, it?s one of many images of Russia?s war atrocities in Chechnya. Fake ?news? of alleged organ harvesting in Ukraine (often accompanied by the same unrelated photograph) continue to spread like wildfire all over the Internet.

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Rejoicing over the ?news? of another Ukrainian military helicopter, allegedly downed by pro-Russian terrorists/separatists on June 22, 2014. Politicus.ru published an article, accompanied by the photo of what allegedly remained of the said helicopter. In fact, this photograph depicts the outcome of an aerial collision near Sarmath village in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, India on August 30, 2012.

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Jen Psaki became one of the favorite targets of the Russian media. RG.ru published an article entitled ?Jen Psaki found mountains in Rostov Oblast.? The article attributes direct quotes supposedly obtained by journalist Matt Lee about Ukrainian refugees to Russia, whom Psaki was said to have referred to as ?tourists traveling to enjoy Rostov? mountains.? Matt Lee promptly denied ever having such a conversation with Psaki, asserting that the claims in the article were false. In spite of Lee refuting claims in the article, the same allegations were regurgitated by Komsomolskaya Pravda and other news outlets, some of which attributed the fake quotes to Associated Press. Lenta.ru published an apology to Jen Psaki for re-printing the said false claims. None of the other outlets apologized, but instead went on to pontificate about Psaki?s prior commentary, continuing to attack her credibility.

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Numerous Russian news websites, bloggers and social media users spread the fake ?news? about the disemboweled bodies of 300 members of the Ukrainian national guard that were allegedly found by pro-Russian terrorists/separatists in mass graves. The photo that was repeatedly used to illustrate this gory phantasy was taken from the archives documenting Russia?s atrocities in Chechnya.

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Russia?s raconteur-in-charge Vladimir Putin harshly denied that Russian troops had anything to do with the annexation of Crimea. After the Anschluss, however, Putin admitted that he lied, confirming that Russian military took active part in the unlawful annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.

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Numerous Russian sources spread misinformation about Russian books allegedly being burned in Kyiv, Ukraine on July 6, 2014. In fact, no such book-burning took place. Photos used to corroborate this fabrication were related to the demolition of illegal construction materials in Kyiv.

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This graphic photo of a little boy was represented to show the child allegedly injured due to the Ukrainian military?s shelling of civilians. In reality, the picture actually depicts a child injured in Syria.

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Photograph of a cluster bomb was used to corroborate an allegation that it was allegedly dropped by the Ukrainian military, but failed to detonate in Donetsk, Ukraine. In reality, this is an AP photo, which depicts a cluster bomb used by the Israeli military in Lebanon, in 2006.

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Photograph of a burning wheat field was spread on the Internet along with the claim that the Ukrainian government is artificially creating a famine, by burning down the crops in Donbass, Ukraine. In fact, it?s a photo of a recent fire in the wheat fields of Russia?s Volgograd Oblast?.

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A joke, published on the website for the Ukrainian version of ?The Onion? (UA Review) in 2012 was used to spin a ridiculous story in the Russian media, claiming that birch trees were being destroyed in Lviv, Ukraine to undermine Russian cultural influences on the population.

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Photo of a deceased little girl was widely circulated under the name of ?Yulia Izotova,? along with poems and captions that blamed the Ukrainian military for her recent death in Slavyansk. In fact, the photo was stolen from the website mourning the death of Anastasia Luchishina, who was murdered by a sexual predator in Russia in 2013.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lied to the press in an interview published by Russia Today (RT). He claimed that ?There are no armed forces, no Russian instructors in South-Eastern Ukraine. And there never were any.? These denials are similar to Putin?s false claims about Crimea. There is plentiful evidence, documenting active participation by the members of Russian armed forces in coordinating terrorist/separatist activities in Ukraine.

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Russia Today (RT) baselessly claimed that 400 U.S. mercenaries were deployed in Ukraine. In its irresponsible reporting, Russia Today referred to Blackwater and Academi interchangeably, claiming that the company?s personal was sent to Ukraine for a military operation. Academi strongly denied these allegations, stating that RT?s reporting was blatantly false, as the company had no personnel operating in Ukraine. Academi also pointed out that even basic fact-checking and accurate reporting would have been able to discern Blackwater from Academi.

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Widely circulated photograph of a little boy, allegedly killed by the Ukrainian military, actually depicts a young victim, murdered by a religious fanatic in 2010.

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Russia?s mainstream media (channel Russia 24) actively disseminated an outrageous fabrication about an alleged organ-harvesting from living people by the Ukrainian military and foreign doctors. In fact, this grotesque fantasy was concocted on a Russian social media network, VK and has no basis in reality.

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Photo of a little girl, allegedly killed by the Ukrainian military in Slavyansk, actually depicts a deceased child, who perished during an accident in Crimea in 2013.

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This is not an alleged ?concentration camp? in Ukraine, but a photo depicting events in Bosnia in 1995. There are no concentration camps in Ukraine, in spite of sensational misrepresentations by the Russian media and public officials.

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This little girl is not an alleged victim of the Ukrainian military?s shelling in Donbass, Ukraine but an Australian child who adores her dog and loves to play in the mud.

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Russia Today falsely claimed that the RAND Corporation?s ?plan? for E. Ukraine suggested a number of inhumane, draconian measures the government of Ukraine should undertake against its people. Even after being notified by the RAND Corporation that it did not produce such a memo, Russia Today published a follow-up article, where the host of a blog-talk radio program opined that ?Guidelines for Genocide? were the prime export of the U.S. Jeffrey Hiday, Director of the RAND Corporation?s Office of Media Relations commented to the Examiner: ?Indeed, RAND has not produced any such document. The memo?s inauthenticity would be obvious to those who are familiar with RAND?s research. They might note its opinionated rather than fact-based writing style, for example, or its odd formatting. Please note that RT appears to have taken down at least two articles that had referenced the phony memo.?

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This photo of a little girl was falsely represented to have died because of the Ukrainian military?s shelling in Slovyansk. It was widely disseminated, including being posted by Viktor Baranetz, a columnist and a military observer for the Komsomolskaya Pravda. In reality, the picture in question depicts a child in Syria?s Alhurria hospital.