Five fact-checks about the war in Ukraine

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine this year kept our fact-checkers very busy. We wrote 92 articles debunking false claims about information related to the war. These ranged from claims the Bucha massacre was staged to false TV reports and accusations of Nazism among Ukrainians. To mark the end of the year, we made a list of some of our top fact-checks about Ukraine.

Fresh round of fake videos claim the Bucha massacre was staged

On April 3, the bodies of civilians were discovered in Bucha, a town in the Kyiv region that had been occupied by the Russian army since February 27. Though Russia denies its involvement in these deaths, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has called it a "genocide" and the United Nations has launched several investigations into possible war crimes.

Since the discovery, pro-Russian accounts on Twitter have been circulating several images, which they say prove that the bodies in Bucha are either fake or that the massacre was staged by Ukraine.

One video that has been circulating shows plastic mannequins, another shows Ukrainian soldiers moving bodies and a third shows a Ukrainian woman who purportedly played the role of a dead person in Bucha.

Our team uncovered the origin of these images. They were all taken out of context – none actually provide proof that the massacre in Bucha was faked.

You can read our fact-check here.

How a fake Russian TV report covered up a protest in Kherson

Claims of drug use have emerged again in relation to Zelensky, this time via misleading videos shared online with captions in French and English.


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