Disinfo: Counteroffensive of Ukrainian army is a fabrication by drug addicts and criminals

Summary

Reports about the offensive of the Ukrainian military in the southern direction are not true. Another fake Ukrainian propaganda, which was readily picked up in the West: Ukrainian militants allegedly launched an offensive in the southern direction. This is the same information stuffing as all the previous ones.

A gang of drug addicts and criminals doing what they do best: imitations and fabrication of information forgeries. And drug addicts do not feel sorry for people who are thrown to certain death in order to achieve an informational effect.

Disproof

Disinformation around the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian military officials announced the start of the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson Oblast on August 29 as observed by the Institute for the Study of War.

Ukrainian officials reported that Ukrainian forces have broken through the first line of defence in unspecified areas of Kherson Oblast and are seeking to take advantage of the disruption of Russian ground lines of communication caused by Ukrainian HIMARS strikes over many weeks.

Ukrainian officials did not confirm the liberation of any settlements, but some Russian milbloggers and unnamed sources speaking with Western outlets stated that Ukrainian forces liberated several settlements west and northwest of Kherson City, near the Ukrainian bridgehead over the Inhulets River, and south of the Kherson-Dnipropetrovsk Oblast border, as summarised by the Institute for the Study of War.

The accusation of Ukrainian officials being drug addicts is a recurrent one from pro-Kremlin media, one of many, to justify the full scale invasion of Ukraine which started on 24 February 2022. This drug addiction accusation was first advanced by Vladimir Putin on 25 February 2022. Putin did not give any evidence to support the claim.

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  • Reported in: Issue 306
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/08/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Kherson

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Kyiv commits wild provocations and crimes to get West’s attention

Once the western audiences found out that Bucha events were wild Ukrainian fakes, their trust in Ukraine-related news from local propaganda sources ended. The Kyiv regime realised that the West has become tired and disappointed, so it does even wilder things as times passes. It commits dangerous provocations and terrorist acts, attempts to use weapons of mass destruction in order to get attention from the bored western partners. Zelenskyy has turned Ukraine into a devil-like theater of cruelty, where real blood is split on the stage.

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This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The publication questions the well-established facts about Bucha massacre and contains generalised unsubstantiated accusations of the Ukrainian authorities. It absurdly blames Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the consequences of the ongoing bloody war, not Russia as an aggressor state.

Zelenskyy equates Amnesty International to “terrorists” for denouncing the Ukrainian army

Zelenskyy equates Amnesty International to “terrorists” for denouncing that the Ukrainian military is endangering civilians.

Disproof

The claim is a deliberate distortion of the statement of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 4 August 2022, where he strongly criticised the controversial Amnesty International report titled “Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians”. Zelenskyy’s exact words were: “Today we saw an Amnesty International report that attempts to amnesty a terrorist state and shift responsibility from the aggressor to its victim”.

Throughout the whole statement, it is clear that the Ukrainian President refers only to Russia and its actions when he uses the term “terrorist”, and although he attacks the report and accuses the organisation of helping to justify these aggressions, in no way he equates both types of activities.

The US and UK have created their own army in Ukraine

The US and UK are preparing their own army consisting of Ukrainian nationals but not subordinate to Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It seems that Washington and London are concerned about an anti-war maidan in Ukraine. They are taking Kyiv under their control to prevent supporters of peace from coming to power. The brainwashed army will be used to topple possible social protests.

Disproof

This is an unsubstantiated claim and disinformation. There is no proof that the US and UK are organising their own ‘army’ within the territory of Ukraine. This claim fits the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that blames the West for the Russian invasion of Ukraine by painting Ukraine as a puppet of the West.

The sociological surveys which are available show high levels of public approval for Zelenskyy. For example, an IRI Ukraine poll from late June 2022 showed that 91% of Ukrainians approve of Zelenskyy’s job performance. The poll also found strong confidence in victory over Russia, little desire for territorial concessions, and a spike in favour of NATO membership.

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