Disinfo: Kindergarten in East Ukraine was purposefully destroyed by a Ukrainian tank to underpin the Ukrainian negotiation position


The news that "separatists" had shelled a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska, a locality under the control of Ukrainian forces spread like a houise fire through Western social and mass media.

The pictures show a wide "breach" in a massive four-brick-thick wall of the building. The bricks have collapsed inside the building, crushing children's toys. The picture is meant to evoke an emotional reaction.

But I would rather believe that they drove a Ukrainian tank into direct firing range and fired an armour-piercing missile without any explosives, at the kindergarten in order to get a picture of destruction.

The Kyiv regime is used to underpinning its negotiating position with an escalation on the line of contact in the conflict area, just in time for important summits and other international meetings.


Anoter "false flag" promoted by Russian state media.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation combined with a conspiracy theory presented without any factual evidence. According to the RT-German article, a shelling of a kindergarten is supposed to be a false-flag action by the Ukrainian government to strengthen its negotiating position in the current Russian-Ukrainian war. The Ukrainian army is a regular subject of pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts, especially when it comes to the shelling of civilian facilities, with responsibility regularly placed on the Ukrainian armed forces.

According to consistent reports from the Guardian, New York Times fact-checking organisations StopFake, Bellingcat, and the volunteer community Informnapalm that the shelling of the kindergarten was clearly the work of Russian or Russian-backed illegal forces in the Non-government controlled areas of Eastern Ukraine (NGCA). "Russian-backed forces launched an intense artillery barrage across the line of control with Ukrainian forces, shelling a nursery school and injuring three people. According to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) there were "multiple shelling incidents" on Thursday morning across the frontline in the Donbas region. The attack on the city of Stanytsia Luhanska blew a hole through the wall of kindergarten number 21. The Ukrainian military said 32 shells landed on the city, also injuring a serviceman and disrupting electricity supplies. A second missile left a small crater near the children's slides in the garden playground, which was not described in the RT-German-article. The attack was part of an apparent coordinated bombardment by pro-Russian separatists in multiple locations across the 250-kilometre long frontline." There is no factual evidence to support the claim that a Ukrainian tank shot the hole in the wall of the kindergarten, nor were there any traces of a tank in the area, nor is there any circumstantial evidence to support this conspiracy theory.

In the wake of the Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian-Russian border, there is a massive increase in pro-Kremlin disinformation blaming the Ukrainian army for civilian casualties or infrastructure damage in order to discredit it.

Amid the continuous military escalation at Ukraine’s borders, Russian state-controlled media continue to cultivate disinformation narratives about imminent or even ongoing atrocities against the population in Donbas. See more Myths of the Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine here.

See also about more False Flags for recognition: here.

More examples of disinformation on the Ukrainian army can be found in the database.


  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2022
  • Article language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, false flag
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Disinfo: Polish psychopaths interpret all Russian actions as “aggression”

There is quite a large group of psychopaths in Poland who will interpret any Russian activity as “an announcement of aggression”. Today it looks like the West is imagining a war it cannot win, then prepared to tell the public about the defeat, and when nothing happened, it looked like a fool.


This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about anti-RussianRussophobic Poland, which deliberately worsens its relations with Russia and implements aggressive policies.

These claims are part of an ongoing disinformation campaign about Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine. By accusing the West of being the driving force behind the escalation of tensions, this disinformation story aims to deny any Russian responsibility for the situation.

Disinfo: Moscow must interfere because Kyiv gasses people in camps

Russia cannot help stopping the war in Ukraine. It cannot wait until Kyiv starts gassing people in concentration camps. It is already going on and it will get worse. Russia cannot put up with it.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative accusing the Ukrainian Armed Forces of killing civilians during the war in Donbas.

In reality, there are no concentration camps in Ukraine. Such words and other similar Russian statements, including ones accusing Ukraine of genocide, are only used as a pretext for launching an invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, Russia denies any responsibility for the situation. Since late October 2021, Russia has conducted a military-build up along the Ukrainian border, including the deployment of as much as 190,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles.

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Lithuania ultimately developed a dictatorship of one party and personality cult of its spiritual leader Vytautas Landsbergis. Conservatives are acting as Soviet communists and have more powers than communists in Soviet times.


Recurring Kremlin disinformation about Lithuania as a non-democratic country under dictatorial rule.

Lithuania is a democratic country, member of the European Union. Freedom House evaluates the country as “free” with a high score of democracy (90 points from 100).