Disinfo: No act of terrorism in Kremenchuk, Russian army does not hit civilian objects

Summary

There was no act of terrorism in Kremenchuk. Russian troops do not shell civilian objects. Action is taken only after reconnaissance. That was the case in Kremenchuk. The Russian army has modern long-range weapons which allow it to hit targets with high precision.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that Russian troops do not hit civilian objects during Moscow’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

There is evidence that it was Russian pilots who struck the shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk on 27 June 2022. At least 18 people were reported dead and over 30 are missing. 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.

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.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba condemned Russian reactions to the shopping mall strike. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said she was sure that this case might be lodged with the International Criminal Court as a crime against humanity. The EU also condemned the Russian missile attack as another heinous act.

This is not the first time when Russian troops strike civilian targets. An apartment block in Kyiv was hit on 26 June 2022 when at least one person was killed and six were injured. Russian troops shelled an Orthodox church in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on 17 April 2022. Examples abound. Besides, Russian troops committed numerous war crimes during the occupation of the city of Bucha and some other neighbouring areas near Kyiv, primarily in February - March 2022. Evidence of Russian atrocities in Bucha is overwhelming and came to the world knowledge in early April. Several executions and shootings of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha were recorded in video by witnesses and Ukrainian drones.

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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 298
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/06/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, War crimes
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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.

Disproof

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.

Disproof

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.

Disproof

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