Ukraine: Fact, Fiction & War Propaganda

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With the world intensely watching the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, television, radio and internet media have been flooded with fake news amidst the fog of war.

What else should we expect from a Western-controlled global media, an actor-turned president and a population quick to share anything making Putin look bad whether it’s real or not.

From the “Ghost of Kiev” to the “Snake Island” guards who told a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”, it seems as if almost none of the media’s big Ukraine stories have been true.

Even worse than media outlets failing to do their due diligence in confirming these reports and citizens blindly sharing them, is the response by those who are confronted with reality.

For example, after it was made public that the “Ghost of Kiev,” a Ukrainian pilot who allegedly shot down seven Russian fighter jets in one day, was a made-up story, social media was flooded by people clinging on to the fairy tale.

By Monday, the number of supposed kills made by “The Ghost” surged to a whopping 14!

An article published by The Drive, titled, “The ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Is The Mythical Hero Ukraine Needs Right Now,” ran with a subheadline admitting, “There is no evidence that a single MiG pilot shot down multiple Russian warplanes, but, historically, such legends are potent morale boosters.”

The author continued, “While the odds are very much stacked against this narrative being true, there is the slimmest possibility that something truly extraordinary in the annals of air combat has taken place in the skies over Ukraine, even if it doesn’t include a pilot becoming an ‘ace in a day.’”

A video with nearly 2 million views tells the story of the legendary pilot as if it were the Gospel truth, and media across the globe promoted the fable.

Delusional YouTube commenters said they “hope” the legend is true and that they “want this to be real.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) embarrassingly tweeted a photoshopped image of comedian Sam Hyde, claiming it to show the “Ghost of Kyiv.”

Kinzinger also published a 2016 image on Friday, falsely promoting it as a modern photo of wartorn Ukraine.

Popular sports radio personality KFC Barstool was triggered that not everyone is pushing the fake news.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted a photo of “The Ghost of Kiev,” but the same image was posted in 2019 by a Ukrainian military Twitter page.

Is it a coincidence that the same pilot photographed in 2019 has now become the “Ghost,” or is the former president lying?

Other unverified “war heroes” are being promoted on social media, such as the “Ukrainian Reaper” who is said to have killed over 20 Russian soldiers and the “Kharviv Killer”, a 17-year-old sniper who allegedly took down 3 BTR-82As and 2 BTR-80s.

While both of these individuals and their supposed accomplishments could be real, there is currently no proof available to confirm these tales.

Both the left and the right are spewing propaganda without verification, as seen by this Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweet.

Regarding the “Snake Island” event Crenshaw referred to in the above tweet, the story was that 13 Ukrainian border guards were killed by a Russian warship they told to “go fuck yourself.”

CNNFox News and other outlets echoed claims by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the border guards were killed by Russian fire and would receive the “Hero of Ukraine” medal.

Video and audio of the confrontation were shared and viewed millions of times.

Gung-ho conservatives and liberals alike promoted the “Snake Island” martyrs, such as U.S. military operative and MMA fighter Tim Kennedy.

After this was pushed into the ethos as a factual story, it was revealed to be another fabricated piece of pro-Ukrainian war propaganda.

Similar to the denial shown by those who promoted the now-debunked “Ghost of Kiev” story, the outlets that spread the “Snake Island” propaganda twisted the fake news as a victory.

CNN’s Jim Acosta wrote on Monday, “Ukraine’s defenders of ‘Snake Island’ who were initially feared dead after telling the Russians to go ‘F’ themselves are ‘alive and well’ according to the Ukrainian Navy.”

The footage below allegedly shows “Snake Island” Ukrainians who surrendered.

Another fake news story coming out of Ukraine is the claim that the nation’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is fighting alongside his military.

Old photographs of Zelenskyy wearing military garb were disseminated along with a report by “a senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation,” claiming the president denied a U.S. offer to evacuate him from Kiev.

“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” Zelenskyy reportedly said.

Conservative outlet The Daily Wire enjoyed this anonymously reported quote enough to print it on t-shirts for sale in their store.

Images of Zelenskyy dressed in a military outfit back in 2021 were spread by dozens of media outlets and personalities, which claimed the actor-turned president is ready for battle.

This elementary-level propaganda made Zelenskyy into some sort of folk hero for those buying into the mainstream narrative surrounding the conflict.

Rapper and political commentator An0maly released a video detailing the bizarre rise of Zelenskyy, who produced and starred in a television show where he played the role of the president of Ukraine.

“This show started a year after the revolution in Ukraine, in 2015,” he explained. “The series aired from 2015 to 2019 and was immensely popular. A political party bearing the same name as the television show was created in March 2018 by employees of Zelenskyy’s production company.”

Humiliating footage of a pre-presidential Zelenskyy wearing a skintight leather outfit, high heels and dancing in a strange techno music video is now going viral online.

Hopefully, the video is supposed to be comedic because it’s hilarious and awkward.

Conservative U.S. military member Tim Kennedy did point out a piece of propaganda on his Instagram page after previously sharing the false “Snake Island” story.

“Don’t worry there are no staged photos for propaganda purposes happening in or around the Russia Ukraine invasion,” he sarcastically wrote with a Fox News screenshot showing men holding wood “rifles” in a war zone.

An image of model and former Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna holding a rifle was used in articles across the globe, claiming she “picked up a gun” to defend her country.

From the New York Post and Yahoo News to the Sun and Sky News, mainstream media told the world Lenna “traded in her high heels for combat boots.”

It wasn’t long before keen-eyed gun enthusiasts noted the “rifle” Lenna is holding in the photos is an airsoft gun.

The former Miss Ukraine admitted this in another Instagram post, writing, “I AM NOT A MILITARY, JUST A HUMAN! Due current situation I want to talk! I am not a military, just a woman, just normal human. Just a person, like all people of my country. I am also a airsoft player for years. You can Google what #airsoft means. All pictures in my profile to inspire people.

This type of propaganda is reminiscent of the Iraq War’s Jessica Lynch fable, which was promoted by the U.S. at the time.

According to US private Jessica Lynch, the American military and media turned her into a “little girl Rambo” in an attempt to create a war hero.

The 19-year-old female soldier was supposedly wounded by Iraqi gunfire and kept fighting, but in reality, her gun jammed and she never fired a shot.

Another report proven to be false claimed Russians were using incinerators to hide the evidence of battlefield casualties.

Even Snopes admitted the footage used by The Telegraph to promote the fake story was actually footage from 2015.

Independent journalist Jordan Schachtel accurately noted on Twitter Monday morning that most Ukraine heroism narratives promoted over the last week have been manufactured nonsense.

“This doesn’t make me pro-Putin. It makes me pro-reality,” he added before listing just some of the false stories being spread.

Paul Joseph Watson exposed some of the fake news stories coming out of Ukraine in his latest epic report.

Owen Shroyer went over some of the fake news during Sunday’s War Room broadcast.

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