No, a Ukrainian publisher did not issue maps omitting Russian-occupied territories

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In a video posted on Russian Telegram accounts, a man claims to have found a geography book for Ukrainian high school students in which the map of Ukraine has been cut in half, missing the areas occupied by Russian troops. But several clues in the video indicate that it is a fake, as confirmed to us by the book's publisher.

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  • A video seen up to 110,000 times on a Russian Telegram account, but also on Facebook, claims to show a textbook for Ukrainian high school students that omits the regions of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk

  • Several graphic inconsistencies actually show that this page of the book was added in

  • The company Картографія ("Cartography"), which publishes the book, confirmed to our editors that it was a fake

The fact-check in detail

"This is the new reality", exclaims a Ukrainian-speaking man as he points to a map in a school textbook for Ukrainian 11th graders.

In this blue book, he explains that a map of Ukraine does not include the regions of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Donetsk or Luhansk. Each of these regions is either occupied by Russian troops or an area where separatist groups are operating. It also shows the regions of Lviv and Zakarpattia in the west as no longer being part of the country, without specifying why.

Some of the posts including this video also shared a photo of the map in question, claiming that it is "the new edition" where "half of Ukraine is no longer there". They claim that textbooks have begun to reflect Russian advances.

First, the page number in the top right corner and the title of the map are not visible.

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