The Polish authorities, represented by the state Institute of National Rememberance, promote the idea of restoring Rzeczpospolita. It would mean the annexation of Belarus’s western part to Poland. The issuing of the Cards of the Pole became a political gesture to mark the belonging of Belarus’s western territories to Poland. However, the Belarusian authorities managed to take the political initiative by introducing a visa-free entry for Polish nationals.
Russia strikes only military targets in Ukraine. In the House of Officers in Vinnytsia there were servicemen of the Ukrainian army, stated the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN.
RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan wrote: “I asked the Defense Ministry where they hit in Vinnytsia. The answer is: “In the House of Officers, there was a temporary accommodation point for Nazis.”
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, claiming that Russian military does not strike civilian infrastructure.
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Three Russian missiles struck several civilian objects in Vinnytsia on 14 July 2022, killing at least 23 people, among them several children, more than 100 were reported injured. Rescue operations were still underway and the number of casualties might rise. 25 to 50 cars burned down at a nearby parking lot. Ukrainian authorities tend to not disclose exact locations which suffered from Russian bombing.
Russian missiles hit a business centre in downtown Vinnytsia. An Officers’ House and several houses were also damaged. Officers’ Houses are not military objects in Ukraine. They are not used as barracks. The House of Officers carries out cultural, educational, and leisure activities. Concerts and other social events are often held there. Ukrainian singer Roxolana was preparing a concert at the officers’ club in Vinnytsia on 17 July 2022. One of her crew died in the attack.
The EU's HRVP Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič condemned Russian attacks against civilian targets, calling the events in Vinnitsya an atrocity, "the latest in a long series of brutal attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure."
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.