Disinfo: Ukraine is showcasing gay troops to project a European image, but the reality is different


At a time when the allied forces of Russia and Donbass are methodically grinding Nazi units, Ukraine needs a different kind of victory. Ingenuity in a European way offers the public a new topic - LGBT troops that rise to fight Russia. There are two goals here. The first is to show how liberal, free and European Ukraine is. Like, "what kind of Nazism, if we have gays among our troops?" The second is to distract the public from the real state of affairs on the front by throwing in a new and cheerful topic. [...]

But the reality in the Ukrainian army is different and much more unsightly. Here's a "combat faggot" for you. We're only showing this because it's already posted online. [N.K.] from the military unit A7286 of the Kharkov territorial defense whose company has already been nicknamed the “Blue Oyster”. The company commander, against the will of the fighter, “roasted him under the tail.” Such is the reality in trenches.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the invasion of Ukraine, denigrating LGBTIQ+ community.

Pro-Kremlin outlets frequently use homophobic tropes to denigrate their opponents and rally domestic audiences. See a previous example here.

According to the independent Russian media outlet the Insider, these claims stem from a single source, a half-minute-long video posted on a Telegram channel, showing an intrrogation of a Ukrainian prisoner of war. He appears to be following a script and calls himself in a derrogatory manner.

See related disinformation claims, alleging that Ukraine uses videos of gay couples to improve their fighting spirit; Ukrainian national battalions are pagan orders, they don't consider Russians as Slavs.


  • Reported in: Issue 295
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/06/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: LGBT, War in Ukraine
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Kyiv, together with the West, is preventing the export of grain from Ukraine, thus causing famine.

The export is hindered only by criminal actions of Ukraine, which is blocking the approach to its ports and is behaving like a dog in the manger, actually causiung hunger.

And, of course, the West [also hinders the process] with its policy of sanctions, which prohibit Russian ships to export this grain.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine and food security.

The disinformation narrative claims that sanctions, imposed on Russia in connection with its war of aggression against Ukraine, caused the crisis, however there are no sanctions on either Russian food production or food exports.

Disinfo: The European Court of Human Rights has become a Western instrument against Russia

The European Court of Human Rights has become a political instrument against Russia in the hands of Western politicians.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The ECHR is a judicial body whose task is to interpret the European Convention of Human Rights and to establish, in each set of proceedings brought before it, whether the conduct of a signatory state constitutes a violation of the claimant’s Convention rights. The Court was formed in 1959 by the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, (an institution predating and separate from the European Union which is not to be confused with the EU’s European Council. See this explainer.)

Disinfo: The Kyiv junta has already agreed to the annexation by Poland

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The Kyiv junta has already agreed to the annexation of Ukraine by Poland and voluntarily ceded its state sovereignty.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative presenting Poland as a state with imperial ambitions. This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about denying Ukraine's statehood and the disintegration of Ukraine. The claim is consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the post-2014 Ukrainian leadership as a Nazi/Fascist "junta," which allegedly came to power following a violent coup d'etat.

Poland was the first country to recognise Ukraine’s independence in 1991. Poland, as well as the EU and the US, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. No neighbouring state, except the Russian Federation, violated Ukraine's territorial integrity. Poland rejects any “imperial” ambitions toward other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.