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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 22 July, on the 879th day of the full-scale war, our editorial office recorded:

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Message Russia plans to create a new federal district “Novorossiia” from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine

Russian propaganda is actively spreading the statement of Yevhen Balytskyi about the creation of a new federal district of the Russian Federation in the occupied Ukrainian territories called “Novorossiia”.

This was reported by the Center for Countering Disinformation. Similar ideas were heard before, but they were not implemented. Also, after the start of the occupation, a “federal district” was created for Crimea, which lasted only two years.

With these statements, Russian propaganda is trying to create the impression that the integration of the temporarily occupied territories is at the final stage and convey a message to the local population and the world, supposedly “Russia is here forever”. This once again proves that Moscow does not intend to negotiate to achieve peace.

If this plan is realized, it will allow Putin to consolidate his power in the captured territories and tighten his control over local officials. Also, by unifying the temporarily occupied territories with other regions of the Russian Federation, it will be easier for Moscow to filter them and repress the disloyal population.

Disclosure How Russia is engaging the Lukashenko regime in nuclear blackmail

Defense Minister of the Lukashenko regime Viktor Khrienin announced the participation of Russian troops in the second stage of trainig using non-strategic nuclear weapons. He expressed concern about “aggressive actions” from the West and said that Belarus is ready, together with Russia, to respond to these “threats”“.

Specialists from the Center for Countering Disinformation drew attention to the message. They note that permission to use Western weapons on Russian territory showed that Moscow’s nuclear blackmail did not work. The continuation of hysteria on the part of the Kremlin indicates that Russia has no other plan.

For its part, Belarus plays along with Moscow’s desires in order to obtain preferences in response to efforts to destabilize the situation in Europe. This applies not only to nuclear threats, but also to the artificially created migration crisis and participation in the information war against Ukraine. Russia is trying to up the ante in intimidating Europe by enlisting Belarus for nuclear blackmail.

This statement is part of a Russian nuclear blackmail campaign aimed at causing panic among Ukraine's partners and influencing the decision to support our state.

Fake Residents of Lviv allegedly wear clothes with swastikas

Russian propagandists are distributing a photo of a woman wearing a T-shirt allegedly with a Nazi swastika and walking through the streets of Lviv. They say this is proof that Ukrainians are Nazis. However, this photo is 0 fake.

Specialists from the VoxCheck project drew attention to it. Using FotoForensics, a service that identifies areas of a photo with different compressions (which can indicate editing), they discovered that the swastika on the T-shirt was artificially added. Using an image search, the original version was found, in which the woman has a red T-shirt without any symbols.

The place where the photograph was taken was identified by the signs of the Alchemist and Welfare stores at 23 Svobody Avenue in Lviv.

Russian disinformation about Nazism in Ukraine is aimed at discrediting Ukrainians, reducing their international support, and justifying Russian aggression against Ukrainians.

Fake In Kyiv they allegedly introduced a new design of a travel card with a man's kiss

Propagandists are disseminating information on social networks that a new design of a public transport pass with the image of LGBTQ+ flags and kissing men was allegedly presented in Kyiv. Russian propagandists joke that Ukrainian soldiers are supposedly “dying for the sake of a new travel card design”, and ask Ukrainians: “Do you really need independence from Russia for this?”. But in fact, this information is fake.

Specialists from the StopFake project drew attention to it. They found that the information about the new travel card design turned out to be untrue, which was disseminated along with homophobic statements. In fact, this design was not adopted for the pass. The Russian propaganda statement was refuted by Digital Kyiv, which provided StopFake with a comment on this case.

It is worth noting that a number of Ukrainian companies, projects and organizations, as in many other countries of the world, joined the celebration of Pride Month, dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ people and protecting their rights.

Russian propaganda is actively using the LGBTQ+ theme in Ukraine with the aim of discrediting LGBTQ+ members in the country and mobilizing conservative segments of the Russian population against them. All this is to justify Russia’s crimes against Ukrainians. Detector Media also wrote about other Russian inventions on this topic.

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.