Disinfo: In Ukraine, children are turned into zombies and forced to sing the anthem

Summary

Ukrainian schoolchildren will be forced to sing the National Anthem of Ukraine. From September 1, all Kyiv schoolchildren will be required to participate in the collective performance of the anthem every day before the start of lessons. In Ukraine, children continue to be turned into zombies.

Disproof

This disinformation message falsely portrays a recommendation by the Kyiv City Council as an immediately applicable blanket measure.

The Kyiv City Council, which proposed to start the school day with the National Anthem of Ukraine, has no lawful authority to instruct the Department of Education and Science to ensure the implementation of the anthem. The decisions of Kyiv's MPs are of a recommendatory nature.

See similar disinformation messages alleging that in Ukraine, schools will be closed in large number and Residents of Donbas will be forcibly relocated to Lviv for re-education.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: education, Nazi/Fascist

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