Disinfo: Bucha is a provocation aiming to derail Russia-Ukraine negotiations in Istanbul


The incident in Bucha is a provocation prepared for Western media that arrived after the negotiations in Istanbul, where Kyiv had made some very important concessions.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.

Evidence of Russian atrocities in Bucha is overwhelming. Several executions and shooting of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha were recorded in video by witnesses and Ukrainian drones. Satellite images show that some of the corpses were already lying on the streets weeks before the Russian withdrawal. Incriminatory radio conversations by Russian troops were intercepted and released by German intelligence. Dozens of Bucha survivors have been interviewed by world-class international outlets, including The New York Times, BBC, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Radio France Internationale, Al Jazeera or El País. Ukrainian forensic teams are uncovering further evidence of these Russian war crimes. Other false allegations denying Russian involvement in the Bucha massacres were further debunked by some of those international outlets like Deutsche Welle, El País or France24. Furthermore, a similar pattern of Russian war crimes is emerging in places like Borodyanka, Chernihiv, Hostomel and others.

Accounts of violence against civilians in Bucha have been collected by the Human Rights Watch:

"On March 4, Russian forces in Bucha, about 30 kilometers northwest of Kyiv, rounded up five men and summarily executed one of them. A witness told Human Rights Watch that soldiers forced the five men to kneel on the side of the road, pulled their T-shirts over their heads, and shot one of the men in the back of the head. “He fell [over],” the witness said, “and the women [present at the scene] screamed.”

See also here and here.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that the West is spreading fakes about Russian atrocities in Bucha, that Kyiv’s accusations of killings in Bucha are a provocation, that videos from Bucha are context-and-evidence-free, that Britain is lying by saying that the Bucha massacre is Russia’s fault, that Ukrainian “corpses” move, stand up and avoid transport in Bucha, or that the images of dead bodies in Bucha may be a diversion of attention from US biolabs in Ukraine.

This disinformation message appeared in the same TV programme as the claims that “Bucha is a provocation aiming to derail Russia-Ukraine negotiations in Istanbul”, that “Bucha is clearly a provocation as the corpses presented many anomalies”, and that “accusations about Bucha are as false as claims that Russia bombed a maternity in Mariupol”.


  • Reported in: Issue 281
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/05/2022
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, War in Ukraine, war crimes, Provocation, Ukraine
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Russia's special military operation in Ukraine contributes to the process of liberating the world from the West’s neo-colonial oppression, which is densely mixed with racism and an exceptionality complex.


This is a disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets trying to justify the Russian war on Ukraine which started on 24 February 2022.

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Disinfo: NATO members block completion of Russian operation in Ukraine through talks

NATO members prevent the Russian special operation in Ukraine from being completed by political agreements.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the West of escalating the Russian war against Ukraine and preventing Moscow from finishing it with a political settlement.

In reality, ​​Western nations, including NATO member states, are not impeding peace efforts between Kyiv and Moscow in any way. The fact that some NATO countries are supplying Ukraine with weapons does not mean that they insist on a purely military solution in the first place. Many Western leaders are calling for a negotiated end to hostilities and demanding actions from Russia. Russia is putting forth unacceptable conditions during the talks, to which Ukraine cannot agree. Kyiv is insisting on full withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire Ukrainian territory and the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty on Crimea and Donbas, in full accordance with international law.