Disinfo: Hybrid troops in Donbas did not kill the famous opera singer, but a terrorist


The speech of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly was propaganda, he lied about the murder of opera singer Vasyl Slipak in the Donbas. The hybrid troops did not kill the famous opera singer, but eliminated the terrorist, who killed civilians.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about there being a civil war in Ukraine, and that terrorists, nationalists from the Right Sector and militants are killing civilians in Donbas. The Ukrainian army are not terrorists

In his speech to the General Assembly, President of Ukraine Zelenskyy reminded the world of Russian aggression in Ukraine and stressed that no one can feel safe while there is a war in Europe. The President also showed a sniper bullet, similar to the one that killed Vasyl Slipak (also known as Wassyl Slipak), who fought in the Donbas on the Ukrainian side (see video from 02:33). 

World-famous Ukrainian soloist of the Paris National Opera Vasyl Slipak was killed by a sniper bullet on the Donbas frontline on 29 June 2016.  In 2015, Vasyl Slipak went to the front as a fighter in the 7th separate battalion of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps. This battalion is no longer affiliated with the "Right Sector" and since 2015 has officially been part of the Azov regiment of the Eastern Operational and Territorial Association of the National Guard of Ukraine (see video 00.22-00.43). The battalion was in the combat zone legally, as part of the Ukrainian army. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, War crimes, Donbas


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