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Detector Media collects and documents real-time chronicles of the Kremlin disinformation about the Russian invasion. Ukraine for decades has been suffering from Kremlin disinformation. Here we document all narratives, messages, and tactics, which Russia is using from February 17th, 2022. Reminder: the increasing of shelling and fighting by militants happened on the 17th of February 2022 on the territory of Ukraine. Russian propaganda blames Ukraine for these actions.

On 17 June, on the 844th day of the full-scale war, our editorial office recorded:

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Message Russia “treats Ukrainian captives humanely”

Pro-Kremlin media write that Russia allegedly adheres to international norms in its aggression against Ukraine. Russian media add that “Russia treats Ukrainian captives humanely - and Ukrainians are surprised at their good behavior in Russian captivity”.

StopFake analysts analyzed this case and explained that Russia has repeatedly violated the basic principles of the Geneva Conventions, attacking civilians, medical facilities and medical personnel, as well as neglecting the principle of humane treatment of prisoners of war. All these facts have been repeatedly recorded by independent commissions operating under the auspices of the United Nations.

For example, at the end of March 2024, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine published a report (December 2023-February 2024) which reported a sharp increase in allegations of torture and execution of Ukrainian prisoners of war at the hands of Russian occupiers. The 28-page document, consisting of 110 points, describes the facts of torture, abuse, sexual violence and executions of both civilian Ukrainians by the occupiers and prisoners of war, documented by UN experts.

Fake In Ukraine they want to make women aged 18 to 60 liable for military service

Russian propaganda media add that in Ukraine they are supposedly going to make not only men, but also all women aged 18 to 60 years old, liable for military service. According to Russian propaganda, the basis for this has already been prepared in the law on the electronic register of military personnel signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

“In the near future, the borders will be closed to women in Ukraine”, Kremlin resources write.

The case was studied by StopFake analysts, who said that Law No. 10062 does not talk about establishing military service for women, or including them in the register of those liable for military service.

The law itself is called “On amendments to certain laws of Ukraine regarding improving the procedure for processing and using data in state registers for military registration and acquiring the status of a war veteran during martial law”, that is, first of all, the purpose of the law is to simplify the mechanism for granting a military operations participant status.

Fake In Kharkiv, debtors for utility services are the last to be evacuated

The Russian media are disseminating information that in Kharkiv, debtors for utility services are allegedly being blackmailed by refusing to evacuate.

“We inform you that debtors will be evacuated last, regardless of whether they have a large family or not”, they write on a printed advertisement, the photograph of which was allegedly taken in Kharkiv. The announcement also publishes a list of debtor apartments as of April 8, 2024.

StopFake analysts examined the case and found that the information about “restrictions for debtors” was untrue. There is not a single piece of evidence that similar advertisements are posted in Kharkiv.

Moreover, the city has not been evacuated, so “blackmail by refusal to evacuate” is another invention of Russian propaganda regarding the situation in the city.

Manipulation Odesa residents are allegedly selling their real estate en masse due to the “threat” of a Russian offensive

Social networks are spreading information that residents of Odesa are allegedly selling their apartments almost free of charge and leaving the city en masse.

“Residents of the city, apparently, anticipate the approach of the Russian armed forces and subsequent battles for the city, so they decide to get rid of their apartments”, they comment on the so-called news on the network.

StopFake analysts examined the case and determined that the information about selling real estate “at a low price” was untrue. As analysts explained, local realtors note that some city residents are indeed ready to sell their property cheaper, but this phenomenon is temporary.

In general, real estate experts also explain that today real estate prices in Odesa have practically leveled off with pre-war indicators, and the cost of secondary housing has increased by several percent.

Fake In Germany, a “gang” of Ukrainian refugees who robbed local shops was allegedly exposed

Anonymous claims that German police have allegedly exposed “the largest network of shoplifters in the last 10 years”. The group of fraudsters who stole goods from stores in 12 cities in Germany allegedly included refugees from Ukraine - in 6 months they allegedly stole 2.7 million euros. The messages refer to the Daily Telegraph material and an alleged story made by the publication’s media workers. It is not true.

StopFake fact-checkers investigated the case and found that there was no such story on the website and social networks of the Daily Telegraph. Russian propaganda used the Daily Telegraph's corporate style to create a story and fake news to create false confirmation of a non-existent news about the detention of a “gang of Ukrainian refugees”.

That is, both the news itself and the “plot” are fiction.

Orest Slyvenko, Artur Koldomasov, Vitalii Mykhailiv, Oleksandra Kotenko, Oleksandr Siedin, Kostiantyn Zadyraka, and Oleksiy Pivtorak are collaborating on this chronicle. Lesia Bidochko serves as the project coordinator, while Ksenia Ilyuk is the author of the project.