Disinfo: Heroic videos of Zelenskyy in dangerous places are actually filmed in a studio

Summary

We have seen hundreds of messages from Volodymyr Zelenskyy in different scenarios. Places where, due to his previous jobs, Ukraine’s President is in his element. And it seems that Zelenskyy hasn’t abandoned the show business. On 12 October, a video was released showing how many of these messages are actually filmed. A chroma, a team of foreign technicians and directors who advise the “president-actor” on how to pose in front of cameras, a bit of editing, and the image of a “superhero” is ready!

But the scenography in the conflict of Ukraine doesn’t end here. This is how the Western press prefabricates its coverage of the “victims of Russian bombings”.

Disproof

The claim is demonstrably false and intende to discredit the Ukrainian president.

The footage used as “proof” in this disinformation story belongs to a moment when the Ukrainian president posed in front of a chroma screen in order to appear as a hologram in several tech festivals throughout the world in June 2022, an episode that was widely reported at the time. The video used as “evidence” was released on social media by Talesmith, the technological firm that made it possible, and in no way shows what this disinformation story alleges. A classic disinfo trick of taking things out of context.

The second purpose of this disinformation narrative is to create doubts about reports on Russian atrocities in Ukraine, despite massive evidence proving them including witness and victims' testimonies, video footage, satellite images and forensic findings. On 23 September 2022, the UN reported that its investigators concluded that Russia had committed multiple war crimes in Ukraine, including bombings of civilian areas, executions, torture and sexual violence.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that the West fights Russia through psy-ops like Bucha and the Mariupol maternity hospital, that Russian war crimes in Bucha were staged by a music channel director, that Izyum atrocities’ were staged by Ukraine through controlled media, or that Zelenskyy is only a marketing operation, a Jewish face for a Nazi regime.

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  • Reported in: Issue 313
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, EU, US
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Information war, fake news, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, war crimes
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Disinfo: By attacking Nord Stream and the Crimean Bridge the West has crossed a dangerous line

If we talk about attacks on Nord Stream 2, as well as on the Crimean Bridge, then it is a signal that the West has obviously crossed a very dangerous line.

According to the doctrines of the same NATO countries, “damaging critical infrastructure facilities is regarded as an act of armed attack, which implies a conventional response” with the use of armed forces. The conclusion is that this was a step towards further escalation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and unsubstantiated claim from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the West of being responsible for the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines and the Crimean bridge. There is no evidence that any Western country is linked to the explosions and the leaks.

On 26 September 2022, the NS1 and the NS2 pipelines both ruptured. Denmark and Sweden view the Nord Stream pipeline leaks as 'deliberate actions'. Sweden, Germany and Denmark opened an investigation into the incident. This is the first step in determining what caused the leaks. Anything before that would be mere speculation and conspiracy theory.

Disinfo: NATO’s eastward expansion is a serious security threat to Russia

Russia sees NATO's eastward expansion as a serious security threat. When Moscow launched a military offensive against Kyiv at the end of February, one of its main demands was that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military alliance.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO, portraying it as a belligerent organisation.

The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join. 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. NATO's official policy is that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia."

Disinfo: Ukraine is a terrorist state

By the voice of its foreign affairs minister, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine recognized that its regime uses terrorism. The prankers Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) et Alexeï Stoliarov (Lexus) obtained this declaration through a Zoom meeting recently.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit Ukraine and justify the criminal invasion of the country, as well as and the use of terrorism by Russia that lead to a PACE resolution on 13 October 2022.

The definition of terrorism is the use of violence to create a state of terror in the population to achieve a political goal. Britannica encyclopedia defines it as follows: Terrorism, the calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective.