Russia’s full throttle disinformation campaign against the West continues in earnest. Considering the dearth of Russian fake news, I’ve decided to highlight some selected stories each week to help make readers aware of: 1) fake news 2) what Russia wants us to believe and 3) take a look at both internally as well as externally directed propaganda. Novorossia has all the hallmarks of a fake news website with inaccurate headlines, empirically false information in the body of the story, misleading pictures, and no author byline. Canada has sent 200 troops to Ukraine as a part of Operation UNIFIER, but that is where the facts end and the fiction begins with this story.
“Novorossia” claims that a dozen Canadian soldiers were killed in Donbass recently, a purely fictitious claim meant to scare and outrage the Canadian tax-payer into pressuring their government to withdraw. Most disgusting of all is that the website displays pictures of flag draped coffins containing fallen Canadian service members. However, these soldiers were not killed in Ukraine. Corporal Andrew Doiron was a CSOR soldier killed in Kurdistan when his convoy came under friendly fire from a Kurdish checkpoint. Another pictures shows the casket of Nathan Cirillo, a soldier who was shot and killed while performing sentry duty at a Canadian war memorial in Ottawa. The disrespect shown to both men by Russian fake news propaganda demonstrates that there truly is no depth to which this disinformation campaign will not sink.
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