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Russian State Daily Calls Ukraine Coverage of Magnitogorsk “Sheer Heresy”, Confirmation Of State Church Merger

A Russian state daily newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda or kp.ru, published a story calling Ukraine’s coverage of the Magnitogorsk tragedy “sheer heresy”.

Perhaps the word heresy was used to imply disgust, but the actual meaning of “heresy” is something tragically different. 

Heresy: belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.

Does this mean the Russian church has officially merged with the Russian government?  There must be a religious facet to this situation to use the word heresy.  #RussiaFail

Then there is an allegation where, “the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova recently singled out the 77th Brigade, describing its alleged presence in Ukraine was “totally unacceptable.”

First, the British 77th Brigade, Britain’s premier psychological operations and cyber brigade is not officially deployed to Ukraine. Just because the accusation has been made, it would not be the first timeZakharova has blatantly lied to make an accusation.  #RussiaFail

Second, and more important, with the overwhelming presence of the Russian information warfare program, wouldn’t it just make sense for anyone and everyone to help Ukraine counter Russian propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, and fake news? “Unacceptable”, to whom? Does Zakharova expect Ukraine to just roll over?  If Zakharova isn’t kvetching about everything that Ukraine does, she just wouldn’t be sticking to the script now, would she? #RussiaFail

Last, much has been made of the coincidence that Putin staged bombings in apartment buildings in Moscow in 1999 to cement his standing in Russia when he assumed the presidency from Boris Yeltsin. Putin’s standing as President is more widely questioned than ever, perhaps the Magnitogorsk tragedy was staged. #RussiaFail

The appearance is that Russia is casting about, flailing, to find something, anything, to use against Ukraine. 

Expect increasingly more brutal coverage of Ukraine by Russia through the Ukraine election in March 2019.  More lies, more fabricated stories, and definitely anti-Ukraine.  


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Russia Accuses Britain of helping Ukrainian ‘Fake News’ Campaign After Deadly Apartment Block Collapse

The deadly collapse of an apartment block in central Russia on New Year’s Eve has triggered a new round of information war with Ukraine and its Western allies, with Kremlin-backed media accusing Ukraine and even Britain of spreading false claims that the disaster was caused by a terrorist attack.

At least 33 people died when the 10-storey building collapsed in the city of Magnitogorsk, 1000 miles east of Moscow, and many other residents are still missing.

Much of the Russian media coverage has focused on the “miracle” rescue of an 11-month-old baby from the rubble, 35 hours after the building fell.

But after reports circulated that the disaster was terror-related, the Russian state daily Komsomolskaya Pravda lashed out at what it called this “sheer heresy,” blaming it on a fake news campaign being run from Ukraine with British help.

The paper said that it was being organized through fake social media accounts purportedly representing Magnitogorsk residents, allegedly set up by the psychological operations department of Ukraine’s special forces, working with the British military’s “77th Brigade” information warfare unit.

Britain has become an increasingly prominent target of Russian government and media attacks amid continuing tensions between the two states over the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal last year.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova recently singled out the 77th Brigade, describing its alleged presence in Ukraine was “totally unacceptable.”

It’s still not clear what caused the apartment block to collapse. While the Russian authorities say that the most plausible cause was a gas leak, at least two Russian media outlets cited sources claiming that the blast was terrorism-related.

According to znak.com, investigators believe the blast originated in a second-floor apartment where an unidentified man was suspected of storing explosives for a planned attack on a local shopping center.

The Magnitogorsk disaster has rekindled memories of a series of explosions that destroyed apartment buildings in Moscow and other Russian cities in 1999, killing more than 300 people. Back then, critics accused the Russian security services of carrying out the explosions as part of a plot to ensure Putin would secure the presidency in elections held in March 2000.

Meanwhile, Kiev has accused Moscow of stepping up efforts to interfere in Ukraine’s presidential elections scheduled for March 31.

In an interview with the Kyiv-based news agency Interfax-Ukraine, the country’s interior minister, Arsen Avakov, warned that Russian meddling in Ukraine’s presidential election will be “colossal.”

Source: https://codastory.com/disinformation-crisis/news/russia-accuses-britain-helping-ukrainian-fake-news

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