Ukrainian Soldier Willingly Joined Separatists

Summary

Sergeant Taras Hapliak from Ukraine’s 24th mechanized brigade deserted his post and surrendered himself to Russian militants in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) because of the drunkenness of his colleagues.

Disproof

Taras Hapiak is a real person and a sergeant in the Ukrainian army. According to the Ukrainian Security Service, in March of 2017 he was captured by LPR militants. Hapiak was freed in a prisoner exchange on December 27, 2017. After his release he related how he was forced to record the video under torture. Further debunking by Stopfake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 112
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: TV Zvezda, Eastern Ukraine, Military, Human rights, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: Zvezda
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Disproof

While Minister Alexander Vulin did compare the protests in an interview on National television RTS, he never called the Ukrainian protests a coup d’état. Further debunking by Stopfake.

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Disproof

It is a common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative to call Ukranians nazis. In his youth Andriy Parubiy was a member of the Svoboda Party, a conservative, nationalist, right oriented party. He left Svoboda more than 14 years ago, on the eve of the 2004 Orange revolution. In 2007 he was elected to parliament from the liberal pro-European Nasha Ukraina block of former president Viktor Yushchenko. More information about the Svoboda party here.

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Disproof

According to Hungarian internet newspaper Index, shortly before midnight on June 10 a small aircraft entered Hungarian airspace from Ukraine without establishing contact with Hungarian air traffic control. This alarmed Hungarian Defense Forces which began monitoring the aircraft’s movements. After several aerial maneuvers, the plane left Hungarian air space. Together with the local regional police force, Hungarian air defense authorities tracked the plane’s movements, Index writes. There was no mention of fighter jets tracking the plane, pursuing it and preparing to shoot it down. According to Stopfake, Ukraine’s Border Service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan stated that Hungary did not send Gripen fighter jets in pursuit of the unknown craft, they were however put on alert. Both countries are jointly investigating the incident and Ukrainian authorities are searching for the aircraft. Slobodyan said he suspect it was a smuggling craft carrying contraband goods and as the aircraft was quite small, it is unclear if it was an actual airplane or a hang glider.