Russian propaganda’s bizzare take on the Mariupol massacre

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2015/01/25 • Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis

Article by: Kirill Mikhailov

Terrorist speakers and pro-Russian media in Ukraine are notorious for rapidly shifting statements in the wake of disasters they cause. As details of the MH17 crash became known, terrorist propaganda sites and Kremlin news agencies quickly pulled down boasts of shutting down a Ukrainian military cargo plane. Right after the bus massacre at Volnovakha hit the news, a terrorist news group on the Russian social network Vkontakte promptly deleted a post claiming destruction of a Ukrainian checkpoint. Later there were several more twists to the story, unpicked by independent investigator website Bellingcat. The horrific strike at Mariupol on January 24 was no different.

Shortly after the attack Russia Today reported, citing “DNR’s” so-called “Ministry of Defense,” that Ukrainian accusations of terrorists shelling Mariupol were completely untrue:

Another state news agency Lifenews reported of alleged eyewitness accounts putting the blame on Ukrainian forces:

“Locals in Mariupol call the shelling a Ukrainian army provocation”.

These reports came in even as independent investigators and later OSCE observers accused DNR terrorists of the massacre that took 30 lives and left many more wounded.

Later, the story took a turn to the bizzare. Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of “DNR” terrorists, announcing an “assault on Mariupol” during a mourning ceremony for those killed in another bus massacre in Donetsk on the evening of the tragedy, where two days earlier at least 13 civilian lives were taken by a strike inside the city, apparently by “DNR” forces. Here’s what his address sounded like (with subtitles):

On the evening of After honoring the memory of the dead, Zakharchenko announces the beginning of the assault on Mariupol and, to the cheering of the crowd, expresses hope for advancement of the “DNR” troops in closing the Debaltseve pocket. Cheering for killed civilians in Mariupol at a ceremony dedicated to honoring killed civilians in Donetsk – a chilling example of the result of the brainwashing workings of Russian propaganda.

Apparently after finding out about the carnage left in the wake of the terrorist attack, Zakharchenko denied his own statement:

 

Instead the terrorist leader claimed his fighters were suppressing Ukrainian positions outside the city, which is partially confirmed by the intercept published by the Security Service of Ukraine, which suggest shelling of a Ukrainian checkpoint outside the city gone horribly awry.

Other sources also shifted their narrative as the scale of loss oflife became apparent. For instance, a pro-Russian military analysis website militarymaps.info was caught editing their conflict map in the wake of the tragedy:

These attempts to cover up atrocities are too sloppy to succeed and may even serve as circumstantial evidence to put the blame on the side rapidly shifting their testimony. In an age defined by instant news spread and quick independent investigation, they are not fooling anyone except the victims of Russian propaganda.

Edited by: Alya Shandra

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  • Michel Cloarec

    AH ! he is coming out of his bunker, to make a speech. BRAVE MAN
    The russian soldiers will get the medals to kill russian people and kids .
    No DPR soldiers anywhere to see in Mariupol . Only the opportunists after the shelling to collect medals and the cheers from the crowd.

  • Racquel

    Have the Russians become so completely comatose that they would believe Ukraine would fire on territory they’ve held since this nightmare began. What a screwed up system the OSCE has that permits each representative country to present its own report. Is it so difficult to have a consensus on one report as a body, period, obviating the absurd assertion from Russia’s OSCE rep that north is not north but, moreover, preventing another report with the OSCE’s name on it that Russia uses for propaganda. This sounds like the UN.

  • Crossbearershvili

    Gebbels was reprinting Russian propaganda from books “All about Jews”
    and “All about nations and tribes occupied by Russian Empire”.
    As a baby in a jungle for “Smert’ I Zlovonie” of Russia.

  • Roman Sverdetsa

    Why don’t the military cut the roads to Russia and mine them close to border to cut the resupply of rebels?Surely they know they will have no country to defend if they don’t step up the offense and clean these evil doers out.

    • Corny Scopius

      One short glance on the map tells you there are no Ukrainian border controls left to stop anyone from doing anything across this borderline. All terrorist territory clings to the border like a baby to the mother. It became like this since the summer, when Russia started to interfere massively to save the ass of the losing rebels (july/august).

    • Lilianna Juhasz

      Ukraine signed the anti-land mine agreement. They kept their word and have no land mines. However, Ukraine does have land mine disposal units which are tasked with finding and deactivating mines . The mines are apparently part of Russia’s ‘Humanitarian Aid’.

  • Crossbearershvili

    The 13 Commandment:
    ________________________________________
    Don’t believe Russia, ruled by Antichrist since 1947.
    Stop them or your World will not go unpunished!
    _________________________________________________________
    They lie, their spies organize burning bush and neighborhoods, cars and
    garbage cans, assassinate and terrorize, play “terrorists” and “separatists”,
    invade with forwarding Special Forces, bringing “Smert’ I Zlovonie”,
    finally invade with armies.
    __________________________________________
    They already invading and destroying Moslem Worlds
    and Third World Nations, forging armies of death, that
    have nothing to do with Koran or desires of Moslems,
    they turn them and other Third World nations on each other,
    following interest of Russian expansion of Varag-Prussak
    “Stervyatnik”, and repopulating victimized nations!

    THE MAIN METHOD IS SUFFERING, DEATH, SERFDOM AND
    VANISHING OF ANY OTHER NATION OR KIND IN THE WORLD!
    ______________________________________________________
    WEST, FROM EU THROUGH JAPAN AND USA ARE NEXT PRIZE.
    THEY ARE THE NEXT AND BIGGEST PRICE FOR “STERVYATNIK”
    TO REPOPULATE, WITH ALL ITS WELTH AND ADVANCEMENTS –
    TO USE, BEFORE KILL, ARM THEMSELVES WITH NEW ARMS
    TO DESECRATE HEAVEN AND BE ANTICHRIST-DEVIL-“GOD”.
    __________________________________________________
    STOP THEM AND EXPELL FROM ALL INVADED NATIONS AND
    NATIONALITIES, OR YOUR WORLD WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED!

  • Russia – Lies

    The world sees through the Kremlin lies, disinformation and obfuscation. It has become embarrassing for Russia to continue to think the rest of the civilized (not to say Russians are acting civilised) believes them. Putin is a murderous, thieving despot. The world will be much better off when he is dead.

    • Czech Friend

      saw brief video of Putler today among terroRussians. The bodyguards were looking around nervously visibly on edge.

      That murderous rat is living in fear and cannot be certain even “at home”. Just a matter of time, we have to wait for the day but it will come!

  • Jacks Channel

    Putin has so much egg on his face it is not funny. He has no credability. Russians citizens deserve better.
    Lets aid Ukraine in its war with Putin and rid ourselves of this Stalinist Nazi once and for all.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    “They aren’t fooling anyone?”

    see all BBC, Telegraph, German and especially Swiss news- they are all “NEUTRAL” THEY WOULD BE NEUTRAL IN POLAND SEPTEMBER 1939…

    this means… “no one knows who shot down MH17” etc although the russian murderers admit it themselves and it is documented.

    All their correspondents who ARE ALL EMBEDDED IN MOSCOW & DNR…

    they are good drinking buddies with Zacharchenko & the other russian rapists and riff raff there… (see it on youtube- UK journalists schmoozing with “motorola” & “givi”…9

    they will tell you without any doubt on ALL their news written or video:

    Ukraine is FLOODED with Nazis…

    ALL civilian casualties are the fault of UKRAINIANS, who are all crazed nazis.. they will tell you that ONLY SOME UKRAINIANS WANT A UKRAINIAN STATE, many others prefer russia etc etc-

    Then read the comments sections on ALL WESTERN media: 80% spewing vitriol Against USA, EU AND UKRAINE… all having taken a HUGE ENEMA of RT & other russian “news”

    • Russia – Lies

      The West is starting to see the Russian lies for what they are. I too, can’t believe it’s taken this long. Europe needs to wake up already.