DISINFO: Kremenchuk is the new Bucha of the Western media
  • Outlet: lantidiplomatico.it (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 28, 2022
  • Article language(s): Italian
  • Reported in: Issue 298
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
Invasion of Ukraine war crimes Provocation

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.

Russia’s Defence Ministry itself admitted targeting the city of Kremenchuk with a high-precision strike, although it said that a military object was hit. According to it, Western weapons detonated in the warehouse, which caused a fire at a nearby shopping mall that was closed. It is not true because there was no military object with Western weapons near the shopping mall.

The EU condemns the Russian missile attack as another heinous act.

Read more about the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

Read a similar case claimimg that Strike on shopping mall in Kremenchuk is Bucha-like Ukrainian provocation


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