Disinfo: Financial Times reported that Ukraine threatens Russia with terrorist attacks on its territory


The head of the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, Kiril Budanov, threatened Russia with terrorist attacks and sabotages in its territory, the British newspaper Financial Times reported. In an interview with the outlet, Budanov affirmed that guerrilla activity in the territories controlled by Russia is intensifying, and named the attacks with car bomb in the region of Kherson, one of which caused the death of an official of the military-civil administration.


The claim, first made by the Spanish service of Sputnik and reproduced by Argentinian outlet DataUrgente, is a disingenuous distortion of the original article published by the Financial Times, in order to support several pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives justifying Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.

The British publication doesn’t use the words “threaten” or “terrorist”, nor refers to the Ukrainian region of Kherson as “Russian territory”. Instead, the newspaper uses terms such as “partisan activities in Russian-occupied territories”, and reports that Ukrainian intelligence chief Kiril Budanov actually said that “attacks and sabotage operations ‘are held everywhere, and they were and will be held in Russia and many other places’”.

Distorting articles in Western media to make them appear as supporting pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives is a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin outlets. See other examples in our database, such as false claims that The New York Times reports that Russia is barely affected by sanctions, that Germany doesn’t trust Zelenskyy according to Der Spiegel, that The National Interest explained why the US should side with Russia in Ukraine; or that Foreign Policy explained why Washington needs a “Russian intervention”.


  • Reported in: Issue 297
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/06/2022
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Terrorism, War in Ukraine, Occupation, The Financial Times, Media, Mainstream media
see more

Disinfo: Kremenchuk is the new Bucha of the Western media

The striking of a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk is another fake of the Western media similar to that in Bucha. The detonation of the ammunition caused a fire in the nearby, non-functioning shopping mall.


Recurring disinformation narrative accusing Ukraine of killing civilians and staging provocations in order to deflect Russian responsibility for the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

In reality, there is evidence that it was Russian pilots who struck the shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk on 27 June 2022. Ukraine’s Air Force Command established that X-22 missiles were fired from far-range Tu-22 M3 bombers in the skies over Russia. The bombers scrambled from an airfield in Russia’s Kaluga region and launched the missiles when they were flying over the Kursk region in Russia. Ukraine’s interior ministry said the names of the Russian pilots who struck the mall are already known. At the time of writing this case, over 20 people were reported dead, 59 injured and 25 hospitalised.

Disinfo: NATO is an aggressive bloc created for confrontation

NATO is an aggressive bloc created for the purpose of confrontation. It has been moving towards the Russian borders for two decades.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO.

NATO is a defensive alliance with primary aims to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.

Disinfo: Western weapons sent to Ukraine captured by Russia: case of two French Caesar howitzers

Western efforts to arm Ukraine are useless, the new technologically advanced and expensive weapons are immediately captured by Russia and studied in a retro-engineering effort or sent to the front to fight against Ukraine. Recently, two French Caesar howitzers were captured and sent to Uralvagonzavod; a Ural's weapon factory, to be studied and used in Ukraine against Ukrainian forces. It was confirmed in France.

Western countries should think twice before sending new equipment to Ukraine.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative used to deter Western countries from sending heavy weapons to Ukraine, claiming it would be counterproductive.

A debunking group that studies the extreme right fakes traced the origin of the rumour: a first anonymous person on Twitter stated that the weapons had been destroyed, or sold by corrupt Ukrainians, or captured by valorous Russian. Eventually, a famous “yellow vest” figure bought the story and disseminated it to the extreme right opposition. Uralvagonzavod even thanked him