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Old 16th October 2015, 13:41
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16.10.2015 UNIAN

From early October 2015, Ukraine Today began broadcasting video digests produced by the Ukrainian fact-checking project 'Stopfake.org'. The most interesting and discussed false news of the week will be included in the digest and, of course, debunked.

The website Stopfake.org was created in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, accompanied by a ruthless information war, Ukraine Today reports.

The authors of the project are graduates and teachers of Kyiv Mohyla School of Journalism, who say their aim is to combat false information about Ukraine in the Russian, Ukrainian and Western media by refuting fakes that are distributed by these media.

Now the StopFake project has grown into a whole media outlet with a presence on social networks, a website translated into several languages and a YouTube channel.

With the battle for people's hearts and minds going on, volunteers and media professionals say they have no aim to stop the war with fabricated stories and biased reports about events inUkraine.
Ukraine Today and project 'Stopfake' join efforts to expose false media reports : UNIAN news
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October 16, 2015 - 13:42 News
Russian Embassy in Great Britain Uses Fake Photo of British Veterans

On October 9, the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Great Britain posted a fake photo on its official Twitter page of a group of British World War II veterans. It used the photo to illustrate a story about an alleged gathering of Allied war veterans in Russian-occupied Crimea on October 6.…
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Old 16th October 2015, 16:32
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Russia’s Fictions on Malaysia Flight 17
NY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD OCT. 15, 2015

After an exhaustive, 15-month investigation, the Dutch Safety Board affirmed on Tuesday what has long been generally known or suspected — that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile.

Even Russia, which has spent much of those 15 months generating all kinds of implausible theories that put the blame for the crash and its 298 victims on Ukraine, and doing its best to thwart investigations, has had to acknowledge that this is what happened. But it now argues that the fatal missile was an older model that the Russian armed forces no longer use, and that it was fired from territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

The five-nation team led by the Dutch Safety Board did not assign responsibility. That will be the job of Dutch prosecutors. But the board’s minutely detailed report is consistent with theories advanced by the United States and Ukraine as well as evidence collected by the independent investigative website Bellingcat.com, which hold that the fatal missile was fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

In one key detail, the Dutch report undermined Russia’s competing claim. The Russian corporation that manufactures Buk missiles, Almaz-Antey, held its own news conference on Tuesday at which it said it had detonated a warhead of the sort used to arm the Buk missile identified by the Dutch alongside a decommissioned Russian jetliner to demonstrate that this explosion would pepper the plane with bowtie-shape shrapnel, which it said was not found at the crash site. But in fact, the Dutch board said it had discovered fragments of that exact shape, including some in the bodies of the cockpit crew.

This fact is not something Russians are likely to learn; Russian television has presented only the Kremlin’s disinformation of what is going on in Ukraine and, for that matter, Syria. Propaganda works: A public opinion poll taken in July by the Levada Center found that 44 percent of Russians believe the plane was downed by the Ukrainian military, 17 percent thought it was by the United States, and only 3 percent believed it was the work of separatists.

Creating an alternative reality has been a big reason for President Vladimir Putin’s boundless popularity among Russians. He sees no reason to come clean for the shooting down of the Boeing 777. At the same time, Ukrainian authorities should also give some credible responses to the Dutch board’s criticism that Ukraine failed to close the air space over eastern Ukraine even though Ukrainian military aircraft had been shot down by Russian-backed rebels in the weeks before the downing of Flight 17.

Against Russia’s shameless deception, the Dutch, who lost the largest number of people in the tragedy, must be commended for the thoroughness and integrity of their investigation. The criminal investigation should be as clear and independent, no matter how hard the Kremlin tries to derail or mislead it. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/op...ft-region&_r=0
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Old 11th December 2015, 10:27
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The degree of challenges to my pro-Ukraine Twitter posts by pro-Russian trolls is decreasing. This may be because I tend to pay less attention to the known pro-Russian troll Twitterati, but instead write pro-Ukraine remarks on official Russian Ambassadorial Twitter pages instead. I was once challenged by one Russian Embassy but their comments were re-Tweeted by others along with negative responses. After the 25th August of this year the Russian diplomatic service appeared to have curbed references concerning Ukraine or other controversial topics to a noticeable degree. I still continue to intrude upon their Twitter pages but without any response. I have no evidence that I have been blocked from these sites and I occasionally pick up short term followers from countries in South America and African continents who may have read my Tweets on the Russian sites within those regions.

Such challenges as I do receive are usually coming from new Twitter accounts with few followers (hallmarks of pro-Russian troll) often identifiable with "where is your evidence" remarks. In such a challenge yesterday I was sent the URL below of a Sky TV documetary entitled "The Rise of the Right". He wanted to offer this as evidence of Kiev being under the control of fascists. The presenter Ross Kemp has portrayed a "hard man" character who has gone into the world's dangerous zones to produce his documentaries. Whilst dining in a restaurant in the Kontractova Ploscha district of Kiev last year, I saw Ross Kemp with his camera crew so I realized that he was either going to/coming from a shoot in the war zone.
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Old 15th December 2015, 02:56
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The degree of challenges to my pro-Ukraine Twitter posts by pro-Russian trolls is decreasing. This may be because I tend to pay less attention to the known pro-Russian troll Twitterati, but instead write pro-Ukraine remarks on official Russian Ambassadorial Twitter pages instead. I was once challenged by one Russian Embassy but their comments were re-Tweeted by others along with negative responses.
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A couple of news about Russian trolls activity - it's still not finished (and probably will never be): Inside a pro-Russia propaganda machine in Ukraine - BBC News
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