Key Russian Disinfo Tactics of the Week

This week has seen a viral trend of pictures made of “Russian soldiers’ bodies”, but it all started with an image satirically made by a little-known Ukrainian Facebook page TFN: it was a fake screenshot from Komsomolskaya Pravda with the headline “Ukrainian Nazis arranged the bodies of Russian soldiers into a portrait of Stepan Bandera” making fun of the absurdity of Russian fake news.

The joke was dedicated to the birthday of Stepan Bandera, a key ideologist of the Ukrainian liberation movement in the early 20th century. Even though it was posted ironically, the propagandists spread the fake picture and portrayed it as a confirmation of “Ukrainian soldiers humiliating dead bodies of Russians” in the best traditions of Russian disinformation nonsense.

Thanks to the effective work of Ukrainian defenders, the frontline is indeed covered with Russian bodies, but the AFU have far more important tasks to fulfil than making portraits out of dead Russians.