Disinfo: The Bucha massacre was a special psychological British operation


The Bucha massacre was a special psychological operation carried out by the British.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha, in the vicinity of Kyiv.

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In reality, the British special services have nothing to do with the Bucha massacre. These atrocities were committed by Russian troops, which was confirmed by the BBC, Bellingcat, The Atlantic Council, Mediazona, the Insider, Sky News, the New York Times and others. Accounts of violence against civilians in Bucha have been collected by the Human Rights Watch:

Accounts of violence against civilians in Bucha have been collected by the Human Rights Watch:

"On March 4, Russian forces in Bucha, about 30 kilometers northwest of Kyiv, rounded up five men and summarily executed one of them. A witness told Human Rights Watch that soldiers forced the five men to kneel on the side of the road, pulled their T-shirts over their heads, and shot one of the men in the back of the head. “He fell [over],” the witness said, “and the women [present at the scene] screamed.”

See also here.

The European Union has condemned in the strongest possible terms the reported atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces. The EU called for accountability for human rights and international law violations by the Russian Armed Forces, including full support for the investigation launched by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Read more about the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

See a related disinformation claim, alleging that videos from the Ukrainian town Bucha are context-and-evidence-free and the West is spreading fakes about Russian atrocities in Bucha.


  • Reported in: Issue 280
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, War crimes
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Disinfo: The special military operation aims to end the US dominating the world

A special military operation aims to end the shameless expansion of NATO and the blatant ambition of the United States and its Western subjects to dominate the world stage. This domination is based on the gross violation of international law, and on certain rules which are now being forcibly promoted, and which are occasionally invented.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO. The article claims that the US wants to rule the world through the expansion of NATO, and Russia’s 'special military operation' in Ukraine is aimed to stop this.

In reality, it is not a special operation but an all-out war against a sovereign state. Russia has been coming up with different explanations and pretexts for it as the situation has been changing. Denazifying and demilitarising Ukraine as well as ensuring its neutral status were among the main reasons for the assault at the beginning. Protecting the residents of the self-proclaimed separatist entities in Eastern Ukraine from alleged genocide and imposing the use of the Russian language in Ukraine were cited, too. Ukraine was also accused of failing to implement the Minsk accords, although it was Russia and its proxies in the region who were blocking the process of normalisation.

Disinfo: Woman in the bombed maternity in Ukraine: there was no Russian air attack

The woman that featured in the incident of the bombed maternity in Ukraine broke her silence and told her truth. Marianna, the pregnant woman whose picture appeared all over the world after the bombing of a supposed maternity hospital in Mariupol, revealed how she became the face of this fake news attacking Russia. Mariupol blogger Marianna Vishemirskaya denied a Russian air attack against the maternity in this Ukrainian city and highlighted that it was probably bombed by artillery. After the supposed attack, Marianna gave an interview to reporters from Associated Press where she said that she hadn’t hear sounds of any air bombing, but it was never published. It was then when the wave of fake news and informative attacks started, she said.


This is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign aiming to deny any Russian responsibility for human rights violations and atrocities during the war of aggression against Ukraine. In this case, this disinformation narrative aims to frame the bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol on 09 March 2022, which caused several civilian deaths, as having nothing to do with Russian actions.

Immediately after the bombing, pro-Kremlin channels started to allege that the images of the attack had been staged. But the facts of the Russian bombing of the maternity ward in Mariupol, on 9 March 2022, are easily corroborated; the attack has been carefully documented with a large number of pictures from several sources – professional news photographers, social media updates and forensic investigators. Read more here.

Disinfo: Ukrainians committed crimes in Bucha, not Russians

The claims that the Russian army is responsible for the killings in Bucha are baseless. The truth is that some of the victims were killed by Ukraine’s defence forces, as Ukrainian themselves confirm, while the other corpses are a consequence of the bombings carried out by the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the withdrawal of the Russian troops. This is proven by the the large number of artillery craters, and also by the Ukrainian and Azov troops shooting indiscriminately as they entered the cities.


This is part of a wider pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign aiming to deny any Russian responsibility in the Bucha massacres and other atrocities during the war of aggression against Ukraine, despite massive evidence on the contrary.

The material and links may contain distressing/ graphic content.