Against the backdrop of news about the arrival of US President Joe Biden to Ukraine, a lot of disinformation stuffing appeared in anonymous telegram channels broadcasting pro-Russian rhetoric. In particular, the propagandists broadcast their vision of events and voiced a number of messages about the visit of a high-ranking official.
The team of analysts of Detector Media identified the main ones.
Biden came to report that he is “merging” Ukraine
Like, the reason for the sudden visit was “secret agreements” with Moscow, which Biden seems to want to tell Zelenskyi personally. Propagandists insist that the United States and the “collective West” are tired not only of the topic of Ukraine, but also of its “unwillingness” to sit down at the negotiating table.
However, all this is unfounded assumptions, because the authors of anonymous telegram channels do not provide any facts or evidence indicating that Biden is “merging” Ukraine. So far, there are no signs of secret negotiations between the United States and Russia on the situation in Ukraine, even in a behind-the-scenes format. Moreover, the topic of support for Ukraine continues to be a priority for US foreign policy: both for Biden's party (Democrats) and his opponents, Republicans in particular. The next package of military assistance to Ukraine announced during the visit is a confirmation that the United States is not withdrawing from the issue, but rather is strengthening support.
Russian propagandists spread speculation about the so-called “new peace conditions” supposedly brought in by Biden. Russian propaganda is actively using this message to transfer responsibility for the continuation of the war from the aggressor to the victim.
The air raid sirens were turned on for the sake of a “picture” to scare President Biden
At the moment when there were official reports that the US President had flown to Kyiv, air raids continued in the capital, as in other cities of Ukraine. Therefore, a message appeared in anonymous telegram channels that this was, they say, “another performance” for Biden. Allegedly, the Ukrainian authorities specially staged a performance for the US president to suppress pity and intimidate a little.
This is not a new propaganda message. Russian propaganda always uses it when Western partners come to Kyiv on working visits. Also, propagandists from time to time claim that the Ukrainian authorities use the air raid signal as a lever to intimidate Ukrainians, or vice versa - do not turn it on so as not to frighten. In addition, such messages should deceive the significance of the announcement of alerts - to warn of danger from Russia.
In fact, only a limited circle of people has information about the reasons for triggering an air raid alert.
Biden's visit is only self-promotion for Biden and Zelenskyi.
Like, the visit of the President of the United States to Ukraine is just an attempt “to save Biden’s dead rating” in his country and “calm down Ukrainians disappointed in Zelenskyi”. Although this information is available only to those involved in such measures, a number of important issues of interaction between the two countries are often discussed during state visits, namely economic, cultural and security initiatives. The results of such conversations can be seen within a few weeks after the end of the visit.
Propagandists actively use the natural lack of information about conversations during meetings to spread their own, unsubstantiated fabrications.
Biden came to “punish” the Office of the President
Propagandists continue to spread the narrative about “external governance” and the non-subjectivity of Ukraine. They say that the “owner” came to Ukraine because his “subordinates” “failed to fulfill the basic instructions” of the United States. As a “consequence”, no additional assistance is expected. In fact, the “instructions” of the United States and various Western institutions are advisory in nature. And the level of assistance provided by the West and the United States can be influenced by Ukraine's fulfillment of its obligations, and not by the presence of recommendations. Also, we note that now, during the war, a decrease in aid may cause more condemnation towards Biden than support, especially from his political opponents. There is also no evidence or facts to support this propaganda message. However, by spreading it, they are trying to establish the opinion that the US and other Western partners are disappointed in the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, so the propagandists create the appearance that Ukraine will soon allegedly be left without external support.
Biden “cripples churches” with his presence
The authors of anonymous telegram channels broadcasting pro-Russian rhetoric also claimed that Biden is “antichrist in human form”, destroying Ukrainian spirituality with his visit. Like, that's why you can't “save” Ukraine from “Western satanic networks”.
Such messages should be considered in the context of conspiracy theories regarding the President of the United States. According to them, Joe Biden is a satanist and a pedophile. In fact, the President of the United States is a catholic and often mentions his faith in speeches.
Joe Biden's visit to Kyiv has already acquired historical significance, as it is the first visit by a US leader to Ukraine in 15 years. We recall that earlier Detector Media prepared a selection of messages about the visit of Volodymyr Zelenskyi to the United States.