Disinfo: The Guardian refutes the myth of Russian involvement in Bucha events


Some recent publications in the Western media indirectly indicate that the Russian army could not have been involved in this [The involvement of the Russian army in the events of the Ukrainian city of Bucha]. … I would like to especially draw your attention to an article in The Guardian that was published over the weekend. It confirms that civilians died as a result of artillery attacks, not by gunfire.. It also contains information that people were killed by artillery shells equipped with flechettes - metal darts.

This refutes at least two myths about Bucha. Firstly, that people were allegedly shot, and secondly, that the Russian military allegedly did it.


A well-known pattern of pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians committed by Russian armed forces in Bucha, in the vicinity of Kyiv.

In this case, there is a deliberate distortion of the original article by The Guardian, titled “Dozens of Bucha civilians were killed by metal darts from Russian artillery”. The article did not exonerate the Russian military from the horrors of Bucha, but rather states in several segments that Russia is the one to blame.

Apart from the clear title, the article says:

Dozens of civilians who died during the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian city of Bucha were killed by tiny metal arrows from shells of a type fired by Russian artillery.

And while there is plenty of evidence about Russian military involvment and its use of similar munitions, there is no official accusation yet because investigations are still underway.

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.

Read similar cases in our database that claims that the bucha massacre was a special psychological British operation; or that Ukrainian corpses move, stand up and avoid transport in Bucha; or that those filmed in Bucha were killed by Ukrainian Nazis; or that Russian war crimes in bucha were staged by a music channel director; or that the invasion is Ukraine’s fault.


  • Reported in: Issue 281
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/04/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, War in Ukraine, war crimes, War crimes
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