Disinfo: A veteran of Ukrainian army drove a truck into protesters in Minneapolis

Summary

Bogdan Vechirko, a veteran of the Ukrainian army drove a tanker truck with fuel into a crowd in Minneapolis where a motorway was blocked by demonstrators, there might be many victims. It is not excluded that the unsuccessful terrorist attack was made in order to worsen the situation.

A similar provocation was used during the coup in Ukraine in 2014. On February 20, Kyivans sparked blood, which resulted in a 6-year war that is still going on.

Disproof

Disinformation. The truck driver who drove through the protesters in Minnesota, US, was identified as Bogdan Vechirko, an American of the Ukrainian descent.  However he is not veteran of the Ukrainian army and in fact has never served in the Ukrainian armed forces.

Bogdan Vechirko living in the US shares the the same name as a Ukrainian soldier Bogdan Vechirko, however they are not the same person. The General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces has denied that Bogdan Vechirko who is currently in the US police custody has ever served in the Ukrainian military. The investigation by the Ukrainian media also reveals that they are two different persons.

Later media reports in the US state that the Minnesota tuck incident was likely an accident.

The Euromaidan in Ukraine in 2014 was not a coup attempt but a nationwide popular protest against the government's sudden announcement that it would not sign the EU Association Agreement. See the full debunk here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Provocation, Civil war, Donald Trump, Junta, Coup, Terrorism, Viktor Yanukovych
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Disproof

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