Russian TV channel Zvezda shared a video in which a woman from Donetsk says that the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko allegedly awarded a medal to his eldest son. She is the mother of one of the children who were wounded during the shelling of the school in Donetsk. In the video, the woman offers Petro Poroshenko to come to Donbas and sit in a basement under artillery fire.
“Poroshenko awarded a medal to his son who says that he is fighting in the ATO, but why doesn’t he give posthumous medals to our murdered children?” she says indignantly.
It is obvious that the woman has fallen victim to the lies on Russian websites that spread such information. Petro Poroshenko never awarded medals or merits to his son, which is evidenced by the list of his orders on the official page of the Ukrainian President’s Administration. One can also see that the surname Poroshenko is absent from the orders ‘on state merits’ on the Ukrainian President’s official web page.
Uncompromising statements in Russian First Channel studio
The Time Will Tell program on the Russian First Channel discussed the events in Ukraine, particularly the tragedy in Donetsk. They spoke about the dead and injured teenagers who suffered from a shell that fell onto a sport complex near middle school #63. The anchor said: “Yet another horrible tragedy – a shell from Ukrainian troops fell onto a stadium where children were playing.”
Then came the comment from political expert Alexandr Kliukin. He claimed that the Ukrainian Parliament includes “a real party of war,” and that allegedly Ukrainian journalists are not saying a word about the tragedy that happened in Donetsk, while western journalists “turn away in shame” from reporting on such events.
“Destroying children, shooting at schools, it is a real Leningrad blockade what Kyiv fascism is doing,” said Maksim Shevchenko, member of the Russian presidential human rights council, live on air. He also added that war will break out in all of Ukraine. He openly called for Poltava oblast to rise up and “advance on Kyiv”: “I believe in this and I call for this to happen.” Alexandr Kofman, the ‘vice-speaker’ of so-called ‘Novorossiya,’ stated that the region needs Russia’s help. The term ‘Novorossiya’ was the only name used in this First Channel program to designate part of Ukrainian territory.
Later came a comment from lawyer Mikhail Tsyvin. He said that so-called Luhansk and Donetsk republics will fall, terrorism will break out at the Russian border, and therefore he openly called to kill. “The hydra must be destroyed in her own lair before it has spread like vipers,” he said. The program also included calls to “liberate” the towns of Mariupol and Kramatorsk, which was seconded by Alexandr Kofman. At the end of the program, Boris Litvinov came live on air by phone. He is considered to be the deputy head of the ‘high council’ of the ‘DNR.’ He stated that all of Ukraine is built on lies and ‘Goebbels propaganda.’ As to this comparison, some months ago Russian President Vladimir Putin called Goebbels an example of a “talented propagandist” at a meeting with the representatives of Jewish communities.