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Fake The Ukrainian military, blocked at the Azot plant, is holding hostages

This thesis is spread by pro-Kremlin propaganda media, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. Reports say that Russian invaders allegedly "blocked 300-400 Ukrainian servicemen" on the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk territory. Russian media also claim that the UAF fighters are "holding hostages" at the plant and "negotiating the occupiers" capture. However, this is not true.

In fact, according to StopFake fact-checkers, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to control the Azot industrial zone and chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region. Also, the Armed Forces do not hold hostages - people are hiding in the bomb shelters of the plant from the continuous Russian shelling. According to the head of the Luhansk DMA, Sergey Gaidai, Russia has failed to establish "quick and easy" control over the city, as announced. Gaidai also denied reports that "the Ukrainian military is blocked at the plant and wants to be taken, prisoner." "Information about the blockade of the Nitrogen plant is a complete lie spread by Russian propagandists. The rest of the "details" are a sick fantasy of Rodion Miroshnyk, a collaborator. Our people are holding the Sievierodonetsk industrial zone and destroying the Russian army in the city," Gaidai said.

Fake Caliber missiles destroyed many anti-tank missile systems, portable anti-aircraft missile systems, and shells in the Ternopil region, which Kyiv received from the United States and Europe

On June 11, at 9:46 p.m., Russians fired four rockets at the city of Chortkiv in the Ternopil region. Russian propagandists claim to have destroyed weapons. But this is not true! The head of the Main Directorate of the National Police in the Ternopil region, Oleksandr Bogomol, said there were no weapons at the targets. "We see this as a crime, as a blow to the civilian population," Bogomol said.

The head of the Ternopil Regional Military Administration, Volodymyr Trush, said that part of the military facility was destroyed and four 5-story buildings were damaged. Twenty-two people were injured, including children. SES units rescued 12 people from the rubble, including two children. The detonation damaged the gas pipeline.

Fake The Armed Forces are preparing a provocation at the place of mass burial of plague victims in Odesa

This fabrication was spread by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense. "To do this, in a densely populated area of ​​the city near the service station of the regional ambulance, where the burial place of plague victims, the Armed Forces plans to place an air defense complex or its model," said the head of Russia's National Defense Management Center Mikhail Mizintsev. According to him, hundreds of civilians may be injured during this provocation. The colonel-general also noted that if the Russian military strikes at the complex, Kyiv will spread information in the media "about the emergence of biological danger allegedly through the fault of the Russian military".

There is indeed a cemetery in Odesa, where thousands of victims of the plagues of 1812, 1829, and 1837 were buried. It is a famous mountain, popularly called "Chumka." The regional sanitary-epidemiological station has repeatedly warned that it is forbidden to touch the Plague Mountain and everything stored in it. And although the risk of infection is minimal, it is still there. Epidemiologist Valeriy Sushko says that the plague is not as persistent as, for example, anthrax, so there is nothing to fear.

A spokesman for the head of the Odesa regional military administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, stressed that the so-called news of the provocation as part of Russia's information and psychological operation aimed at fueling panic among Ukrainians.

"Another goal is to conduct an information and psychological operation by the enemy and an" information alibi "for the use of weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine," Bratchuk added.

Fake In Kharkiv, the Ukrainian military has set up weapons depots in the buildings of the road clinical hospital, and patients are being held there against their will

Such reports are spread by Russian propaganda media, citing a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center, the Russian Defense Ministry said that in Kharkiv in the buildings of the road clinical hospital (Igor Muratov Street), city hospital № 25 (Alexander Avenue), endocrinology clinic of the Institute of Endocrine Pathology (Gurevich Street) and children's clinic 23 (Metrobudivnykiv Street), soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine equipped firing points and ammunition depots. The Ministry of Defense also added that hospital staff and patients were forcibly detained to ensure their safety. However, this is not true. According to fact-checkers in the Department of Information and Public Relations of the Kharkiv City Council, there are no checkpoints, army, and terrorist defense in the medical institutions of Kharkiv.

Fake The United States has mistakenly provided Ukraine with two $ 9 million tactical nuclear missiles

In the Russian segment of social networks, they spread the fake that the United States allegedly provided Ukraine with two tactical nuclear missiles worth $ 9 million. The messages say that it happened allegedly due to a mistake made by an American Kleine Brogel Air Base employee in Belgium, "Matthew Kovalchuk," for which the Pentagon now punishes him.

According to Myth Detector, the source of the "news" was the Russian satirical publication panorama.pub. Panorama.pub warns that the news published on the resource is not true but is a "grotesque parody of reality."

Manipulation The Pentagon studies enthusiastic Russian technology because it wants to get "advanced technology"

Russian media have reported that Pentagon officials are studying Russian equipment seized in Ukraine, including the Dagger missile, to "copy and get something for themselves." Russian propaganda refers to an article in The New York Times in these reports.

According to StopFake, the American publication did write that researchers from the Pentagon came to Ukraine to analyze Russian technology. However, their trip explores how Russia's military-industrial complex uses Western technology. "Researchers have found that ammunition and equipment, including missile guidance systems and laser rangefinders, contain microchips, printed circuit boards, motors, and antennas manufactured in the United States and the European Union," the statement said. "Currently, several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, are investigating how components of their production entered Russia's weapons systems to circumvent the arms embargo."

Fact-checkers recalled that back in 2014, after Russia's occupation of Crimea, the United States and other EU countries imposed the first restrictions on supplying weapons and selling high-performance computer chips to Russian companies. After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, an embargo was imposed on the supply of advanced technologies to Russia, such as the export of semiconductors, computers, lasers, telecommunications equipment, etc. At the same time, the NYT material refers to X-101 cruise missiles, Azart radio stations, and reconnaissance drones, but there are no Dagger missiles among them.

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Fake At the railcar repair plant in Kyiv, where Russian missiles hit, tanks and other armored vehicles were provided to Ukraine by Eastern European countries

On the morning of June 5, after the explosions in Kyiv, pro-Kremlin telegram channels circulated two theses.

The first is "this is for you for Donetsk." On Saturday evening, June 4, propaganda media reported that "a series of explosions took place in Donetsk… The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired 40 shells from the “Grad, "the blow fell on the city center." "The Center for Combating Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reports that eyewitness reports from occupied Donetsk shatter the following statements by the Russian media: "They shoot from the Kuybyshev district, fly over Voroshilovskyi and fall in Kalininskyi," "arrival in Kalininskyi, a departure from Makiivka, everything is obvious," "there were eight flights from Makiivka East Batman, "people are beginning to understand what is happening and they need to be convinced again that Ukraine is bad. "

On Sunday morning, June 5, Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov in a telegram, "boasted" that he had flown to Kyiv for the evening shelling of Donetsk, "no one will allow anyone to shoot in Donetsk with impunity."

The second thesis was that the target of the attack was a car repair plant in Kyiv because its buildings repaired Russian-lined T-72 tanks and prepared them for sending advanced foreign military equipment imported from Poland and other Eastern European countries. The chairman of the board of Ukrzaliznytsia, Oleksandr Kamyshin, confirmed that Russian troops had struck the Darnytsia Railcar Repair Plant (DVRZ) on the left bank of Kyiv with four missiles. "It simply came to our notice then. They hit the railroad every day; we repair it quickly and move on. One of the railway workers was injured and treated. And we promptly began to eliminate the consequences of the missiles hit, "he said. According to Kamyshin, there are no "tanks" mentioned by Russian propaganda. He invited journalists to see for themselves. "I officially declare that there is no military equipment on the territory of the DVRZ. This plant repaired gondola cars and grain trucks, which we use for export. I officially invite all Ukrainian and foreign journalists to the DVRZ today. We will confirm that Russia once again lied. And that their real goal is the economy of Ukraine and the civilian population. They want to block our opportunity to export Ukrainian products to the West. Media accreditation is required. The event is open to media representatives accredited by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, " said the Chairman of the Board of Ukrzaliznytsia.

Fake Handguns are transported in passenger cars. A missile can hit a train. Money for the canceled train is not refundable

The Center for Combating Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine refuted the most common fakes about the movement of Ukrainian railway trains.

First, all weapons provided by partners, including hand weapons, are transported in special cars and other routes. Secondly, missiles launched by the Russian army fly on a given trajectory to the destination, so it is doubtful to hit a moving train. Third, the money will not be lost. Ukrzaliznytsia allowed the return of tickets for canceled trains due to the war. It is also important to remember that train routes change due to the nature of the fighting. The train may be delayed in the event of a rocket attack on the railway infrastructure. Ukrzaliznytsia has clarified the schedule so that the train does not arrive at its destination during the curfew.

Fake Ukraine will fire at Russia from American systems of volley fire from Shostka

It was stated at a regular briefing by the head of the National Center for Defense Management, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev. It is alleged the Ukrainian military plans are to deploy US MRL directly in the city of Shostka in the Sumy region and fire on Russia's border areas to "provoke a response and then accuse the Russian Armed Forces of indiscriminately shelling civilians and infrastructure."

In fact, American MRL will finally come to Ukraine - and plan to use it where they are needed now - on the front lines to resist Russian invaders. At the same time, there is no point in "provoking" the occupiers' fire from anywhere - they have already fired on Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, and other Ukrainian cities many times, destroying Mariupol, Popasna, Rubizhne, and almost all of Sievierodonetsk. The whole world sees Russia's indiscriminate bombing and shelling of residential neighborhoods, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, and the shelling of evacuation vehicles and railway stations. Russia is violating all the rules of war, and experts have already acknowledged that Russians are involved in the genocide of Ukrainians. That is why Mizintsev's statement is another fake of military propaganda to convince its population that the Russians are not killing civilians in Ukraine and have not started an aggressive war.

Fake The bayraktar, which the Lithuanians bought for Ukraine, was shot down in the air in 3.5 minutes

In many posts, social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, said that the Bayraktar drone was shot down 3.5 minutes after its use. It was bought for 5 million euros collected by concerned Lithuanians. It is an outright fake that is easy to refute: the drone is not yet in Ukraine. The founder wrote it of the crowdfunding initiative on Laisves TV journalist and public figure Andrius Tapinas who actually announced the fundraising campaign.

"Unfortunately, we see sad news. Russian propaganda on social media spreads the message that our Bayraktar was already shot down and was in the air for only 3.5 minutes. The ability to shoot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that has not yet been purchased and is in the factory requires incredible anti-aircraft artillery, " he wrote, ironically. He added a few more details: almost 200,000 people were transferred funds from Lithuania in three days. Then, when it turned out that the Turkish manufacturer would make a gift to Ukraine and provide one drone for free - Lithuanian organizers decided to arm this gift for 1.5 million euros. And the amount that remained in the accounts, and where the funds are still coming, to transfer to the aid of the Ukrainian army. A campaign to choose a name for the drone is currently underway on the journalist's Facebook page.

Fact-checkers from StopFake: "The first reports of the beating of the bayraktar appeared in late May, before the end of the crowdfunding campaign."

Message Western arms supplies to Ukraine could lead to Russia's war with the United States

According to the Center for Counteracting Disinformation, this thesis was spread by several American media concerning the words of Doug Bandow, a supporter of Trump. Promoting the Russian narrative, Bandow concludes that the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine could lead to a war between Russia and the United States. "Although Bandow emphasizes that Putin is solely responsible for the war in Ukraine, according to the scientist, the United States and Europe provoked the Russian president by violating" security guarantees given to Moscow. " The scientist resorted to manipulation. There could be no guarantee that NATO would not expand, as the Alliance pursued an "open door" policy. These are not the first pro-Kremlin statements by D. Bandow promoted by the Russian propaganda machine. Today, through the scientist, the Kremlin tries to persuade Ukraine to negotiate, convincing the Western world that Putin's concessions are the only way to end the war, " the Center wrote. We remind you that this is not the first time Russian propaganda has tried to promote its narratives through so-called Western experts. In this way, the propagandists want to create the appearance of support for Russia's actions by the Western world.

Fake Ukrainian military sells weapons to Syrian militants

Another fake in the grand narrative of Russian disinformation about what is happening with foreign weapons in Ukraine. Russian propaganda at first pretends that it has been "completely destroyed," and many times. Then - that it is sold to Al-Qaeda militants. Now - a new fake about the alleged purchase of Western weapons by "Syrian militants."

All this is to persuade Western countries to reduce their support for Ukraine with weapons or prove that Ukraine does not control the weapons supplied by partners.

There is no evidence of these alleged sales. But there is a lot of evidence of the Ukrainian military's successful use of Western weapons.

Fake "High-precision" Russian missiles destroyed the shop of the Motor-Sich plant, where Bayraktar drones were being finished

Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov in the program "News of the Week," continued to spread the fake that Ukrainian manufacturers allegedly modified Turkish Bayraktar drones with "spray containers" with which they allegedly intended to spray viruses. This fake appeared in late March but has now been extended. Kiselyov claims that this drone modification was developed at the Motor-Sich plant, which the Russians "destroyed with high-precision missiles" last week. To prove the existence of such "finished" bayraktars in the story, Russian propagandists showed an unknown who made a small quadcopter with a container, writes Insider.

The propagandists are fabricating fakes in advance. When the Russians fired four rockets at Zaporizhzhia on May 25 (Ukrainian air defenses destroyed one), they called the shelling "the destruction of the Motor-Sich plant." The Ukrainian military leadership did not report any hits at the plant's shops. But it is well known that the missiles hit the mall and other civilian objects. One person was killed, and three others were injured

Fake "High-precision" Russian missiles destroyed the shop of the Motor-Sich plant, where Bayraktar drones were being finished

Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov in the program "News of the Week," continued to spread the fake that Ukrainian manufacturers allegedly modified Turkish Bayraktar drones with "spray containers" with which they allegedly intended to spray viruses. This fake appeared in late March but has now been extended. Kiselyov claims that this drone modification was developed at the Motor-Sich plant, which the Russians "destroyed with high-precision missiles" last week. To prove the existence of such "finished" bayraktars in the story, Russian propagandists showed an unknown who made a small quadcopter with a container, writes Insider.

The propagandists are fabricating fakes in advance. When the Russians fired four rockets at Zaporizhzhia on May 25 (Ukrainian air defenses destroyed one), they called the shelling "the destruction of the Motor-Sich plant." The Ukrainian military leadership did not report any hits at the plant's shops. But it is well known that the missiles hit the mall and other civilian objects. One person was killed, and three others were injured.

Fake Finland is pulling equipment to the border with Russia

The video of a freight train carrying dozens of tanks and military equipment across a railway bridge is being spread on social media. The posts claim that the tanks are allegedly moving to the Russian border in the direction of eastern Finland, noting that the country is allegedly preparing to go to war with Russia, reports Euronews.

The Finnish Defense Forces have already denied this information and said that these allegations are "false" and that the equipment, on the contrary, is moving away from Russia's border. In fact, this equipment was transported to the annual two-week military exercises in western Finland. Euronews writes that it compared the video with images on Google and found that the video was shot in the city of Tampere: the footage shows that the train is moving west, towards the villages of Niinisalo and Sakyla.

Fake NATO has agreed not to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Western-made tanks

 The media reports about the tacit agreement of NATO countries not to give Ukraine certain heavy weapons are fake, or a member of the Czech Alliance does not know anything about it. It was stated at a press conference with Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď by his Czech counterpart Jana Chernohova, idnes.cz reports. The other day, the German news agency dpa, citing Bundestag member Wolfgang Hellmich, wrote that NATO had allegedly agreed in private not to provide the Armed Forces with certain types of heavy equipment, such as infantry fighting vehicles or Western-made tanks. "There is no such agreement. Well, at least I didn't go down without explaining myself first. And if this idea came to someone's mind, we would not support it, "Chernohova said when asked by a journalist. In Prague, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky also denied similar reports. "It simply came to our notice then. Ukraine's support comes from individual states, and NATO does not have such a large program [of support]. The Czech Republic is proud to support Ukraine militarily, help Ukraine resist Russian aggression, and participate in all relevant projects, as our capabilities allow or necessary, " Lipavsky said. Truss assured that NATO countries would continue to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. She stressed that now it is important to create a recovery plan for Ukraine.    

Fake Ukrainian authorities have stopped salt production to sell weapons from warehouses in Bakhmut

Russian propagandists are spreading a fake story about "small arms depots" that were allegedly sold during the war, and it was because of this sale that Artemsil was shut down. Fake was analyzed in detail by StopFake.

The only thing that is true in the report of Russian propagandists is that warehouses in the mines where salt was mined in Bakhmut (former Artemivsk) existed. Weapons from the First and Second World Wars during the Soviet era and then, already during independence, kept some guns from the disbanded Ukrainian units.

But back in 2014, 95% of these weapons from warehouses were transported to Western Ukraine when there were fierce battles around Bakhmut. First of all, modern weapons were exported, but old ones were also moved - for example, Maxim machine guns and other historical weapons. For instance, Yuri Biryukov, an adviser to President Petro Poroshenko, wrote about this in 2015 and inspected warehouses. From a military point of view, warehouse values ​​don't matter. And one of the largest producers of salt in Europe - the company "Artemsil" can not work due to constant shelling. That is why salt has become so expensive in Ukraine, and there are interruptions in the supply of salt in Europe. "The company is not working, idle, according to the order, indefinitely. The shelling is constant; the administrative building is partially destroyed. There were direct hits in the mine, in the warehouse. The production process is impossible. We will not endanger people. Moreover, most of the residents of Soledar and employees of Artemsil have already been evacuated. Most of the employees of the administration, engineering, and technical workers are not on-site, " acting director of the enterprise Viktor Yurin told Radio Svoboda. That is why the "salt crisis artificially created by the Kyiv regime," which the propagandists write about. The sale of the "shooting failure to sell it to Africa" ​​is a fiction of former Verkhovna Rada deputy Ilya Kiva, who was the first to spread this lie.

Disclosure The head of the Lviv regional military administration, Maksym Kozytskyi, said three fake chatbots "Shos letyt" appeared in the telegram

According to him, in these bots, attackers try to convince users that the real chatbot does not work. The “Shos letyt” chatbot, developed by Lviv Regional Military Administration specialists and IT specialists at the request of “Zahid” Air Command, is running smoothly. The bot works only in the mobile version of the telegram application. It allows all willing residents of the Lviv region to report the threat in the sky (missile, drone, or plane) and Ukrainian defenders - to neutralize it. You must log in through the "Diia" application to report a hazard.

Fake The Armed Forces of Ukraine placed firing positions in schools of Odesa, and armored vehicles were placed near the houses, it is stated to the Ministry of Defense of Russia

However, this is another lie of the Russians. The head of the city department of education and science, Olena Buynevych, said that currently only the security guards, teachers, and the directorate, which are preparing for the end of the school year, are in the mentioned educational institutions Suvorov district mentioned by the Russians.

"Russia's Ministry of Defense is lying. Well, not for the first time. They do not get used to it. I understand and share the concerns of the residents of densely populated neighborhoods of schools № 40 (was in previous reports), 14, and 71. There around the skyscraper. Typical sleeping areas are private sector islands and large "Czech" and " Khrushchev. There are no "firing positions, armored vehicles, and artillery." There is a watchman, a principal, and teachers. People fill out magazines, go online lessons, prepare for the end of the school year, "the official added.

Under her post on Facebook, residents of Odessa confirmed in comments that there are no military or armored vehicles near schools.

Fake The Office of the President of Ukraine ordered to remove bayraktars from the front

The network is spreading a fake about the "order" to remove bayraktars from the hotspots of the front. A document with "Head of the President's Office" is attached to such posts. This document is allegedly a scan of a letter from the President's Office to Valeriy Zaluzhny. However, the fake authors broke through and indicated his position incorrectly, calling him the Chief of the General Staff, not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Instead, the Chief of the General Staff in Ukraine is Lieutenant General Serhiy Shaptala.

Fake The Armed Forces of Ukraine are "holding hostage" children in the basement of a school in Borova, Kharkiv Region

The Borova community in the Kharkiv region has denied a fake spread by Russian propagandists about the placement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a local school - the Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center reported.

Russian propagandists, citing the head of Russia's National Defense Management Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said Azov National Battalion fighters were holding hostages children and civilians in the basement of a school in the village Borova in the Kharkiv region. The fake report said that in the kindergarten "Berizka," Ukrainian defenders equipped barracks and deployed military equipment in the area. Propagandists are spreading lies that the Ukrainian military keeps civilians not only in the basements of the garden but also in the school. According to the Russian side, the hostages include women and children.

Fake The Ukrainian military is incompetent, so they presented lained tanks as destroyed Russian military equipment

Information about the fact that the Ukrainian military allegedly showed their lined tanks as Russian military equipment is spread by Russian media and telegram channels. Reports claim that Ukrainian soldiers were allegedly caught falsifying the news about tanks. According to StopFake, the federal channel "Russia 24" dedicated a story to one of such fakes in the news program. "Russian media claim that the Ukrainian military is incompetent and is photographed against the background of their own lined Bulat tanks, pretending to be Russian equipment," the fact-checkers wrote. But the photo does not show Ukrainian Bulat tanks, as explained in an interview with StopFake expert on tank technology Alexander Kostur. He added that in the story of the channel "Russia 24," there are images of two different tanks, but neither is a tank "Bulat" of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the expert, there were no such tanks in the Ukrainian army at all. Read more.

Fake The Russian Defense Ministry showed a video of a kamikaze drone destroying American howitzers

Such a thesis along with the video was spread by Russian propaganda media referring to the Russian Defense Ministry. The video, which the publications add, allegedly captures the moment "when American M777 howitzers and a Ukrainian artillery crew are hit by the Kub drones-kamikaze." The reports also stated that "after the strike, the Ukrainian military tried to hide in the woods. As soon as they hid their howitzers and tractors there, artillery struck the forest. All equipment and American howitzers were destroyed," propagandists wrote. However, this video is fake. According to StopFake, Russian media edited two videos into one in order to falsify the "destruction of American howitzers. A number of reasons point to this fake: the inconsistency of the footage with the May seasonal weather, geo-positioning, and the absence of footage of broken Ukrainian equipment in the video. More details.

Fake A train of military equipment and ammunition was organized in the Odessa film studio

This was stated by Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. "The other day Ukrainian nationalists deployed air defense equipment in the Odessa film studio. The militants of the terror defense forces are going door-to-door to identify residents who adhere to the nationalist logic of rejection," Zakharova said. However, this is a fake. On the page of the Odessa film studio denied Zakharova's words. Also her statement called a fake the speaker of the Odessa regional military administration Serhii Bratchuk on the air of the national marathon. In addition, he stressed that such statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry are an informational alibi for the upcoming attack, which they want to create for themselves. However, he added that the Odessa Film Studio does have military equipment - a rare World War II vehicle that is used during filming.

Manipulation Bulgaria's parliamentary coalition will collapse if Sofia decides to help Kiev with weapons

 This is the thesis disseminated by Kremlin propaganda. According to the Center to Counter Disinformation, the Kremlin claims that the pro-Russian Bulgarian Socialist Party threatens to leave the parliamentary coalition if Sofia decides to help Kiev with weapons and that this will allegedly lead to the resignation of the government. Propagandists also claim that military aid to Ukraine is not supported by Bulgarian society. "In fact, the government of Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov has set out to help Ukraine in countering Russian aggression. Bulgaria will provide military and technical assistance to Ukraine through the repair of damaged military armor and maintenance of military equipment. According to the decision of NATO leaders, deliveries of Bulgarian arms to Ukraine through intermediaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland cannot be ruled out. After Moscow stopped supplying gas, more than 67% of Bulgarians supported the EU and NATO sanctions against Russia and Bulgaria's military support of Ukraine," the Center said.