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Manipulation A Ukrainian “refugee” complains about life in Europe and is outraged by the need to earn money

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say that Ukrainian refugees are dissatisfied with life in Europe and are generally surprised that they still need to earn money. The authors add that the refugees are gradually destroying the “sovereignty of European countries” because they do not want to work. As proof, they added a video from a TikTok, in which an alleged Ukrainian “refugee” complains about life in Europe. This is manipulation.

The fact-checkers of the StopFake project drew attention to the case, and found that the author of this video actually shot a satirical video on her TikTok account, which has nothing to do with real life, since the blogger regularly shoots videos and sketches. At the same time, the propagandists used this video as ostensible evidence that Ukrainian refugees were “dissatisfied” with life in Europe and did not indicate that this video was of a humorous nature. That is, they defiled the meaning and wishful thinking. Moreover, as the fact-checkers explained, the blogger is Ukrainian, and she permanently resides in Ukraine, even after February 24. Analysts turned to Tiktoker for comment, and she confirmed the exclusively humorous nature of the video.

Despite the fact that the video turned out to be humorous, propagandists regularly spread fakes and manipulations regarding Ukrainian refugees. They portray the image of the Ukrainian refugee as being lazy and dissatisfied with everything. Allegedly, Europe should support the Ukrainians, because they strive for this. Thus, Russian propaganda is trying to present Ukrainian refugees as criminals or terrorists, as a cultural and economic threat to the EU, in order to reduce support for Ukraine. We mentioned this in our own investigation previously.

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