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Have approximately 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers been killed in action since 2022?

Recently, Ukrainian president Zelenskyy claimed that approximately 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in action since Russia's invasion in 2022. Other estimates are far higher. Of course, ...
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Was a Russian tank photographed during the 1956 Hungarian revolution destroyed in Ukraine in 2023?

I have found this image on a meme website (9gag). If true, the story is fascinating in multiple ways, but I have not been able to find any reliable sources. Are the two tanks in the two pictures the ...
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Did Ukraine regularly place some of their military assets in areas populated by civilians?

Amnesty International claims: Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, ...
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Were 90% of Mariupol's apartment buildings destroyed during 2022 battles?

So I've encountered links to this 2023 Meduza publication on Politics.SE, which states: In 2022, when the city was the site of a months-long battle between invading Russian forces and the Ukrainian ...
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Did a pro-Ukraine group blow up Nordstream pipeline?

A recent NYT post claims that "Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukrainian Group Sabotaged Pipelines, U.S. Officials Say". How true is this claim?
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Did a yacht owned by a Polish company with Ukrainian owners travel from Rostock to Christiansø on September 6-7, 2022?

A number of mainstream German newspapers claimed on March 7 that a likely Ukrainian commando travelling on false passports boarded a yacht registered to a Polish company (but ultimately owned by ...
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Did Sergei Pashinsky say Bayraktar are not effective in combat, and get shot down almost immediately?

In this tweet with an attached video, it is claimed that the chairman of Ukraine's Committee on National Security and Defense Council, Serhiy Pashynskyi said, “Bayraktar has more PR and corruption ...
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Do Donetsk residents want to join Russia?

Eva K. Bartlett has posted a YouTube video on Oct 1, 2022. It includes some interviews of residents of Donetsk, a city in Eastern Ukraine. The interviewees express pro-Russian opinions. Bartlett ...
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Were the Starlink units for Ukraine not paid by Musk?

In reply to Elon Musk's (controversial) peace plan for Ukraine, someone tweeted that USAID and other paid for Strlinks, you fake philanthropist. (A tweet with 6000+ "likes", so reasonably ...
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Did Kyiv National Linguistic University publish a map showing that only a few Ukrainians (in the West of the country) speak Ukrainian at home?

Various Russian & other sources give this map (also on P.SE, but probably the most notable of these might be https://www.opendemocracy.net/ru/kto-boretsya-s-kem-v-ukraine-i-pochemu/) Was that ...
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Did the former Ukrainian ombudsman for human rights admit to exaggerating facts concerning sexual violence during the 2022 war in Ukraine?

In May 2022, former Ombudsman for Human Rights of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova, was removed from her position. This happened due to criticism on how she communicated insights on cases of sexual violence ...
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Did Putin claim that the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbas region is pro-Russia?

Source Putin has maintained the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbas region is pro-Russia, although polls have indicated that is not the case. This is the first time I've seen this claim, ...
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Did Volodymyr Zelenskyy say that "if someone in Ukraine feels Russian, they should leave for Russia"?

In an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2022, Sergey Lavrov claims the following: […], whose president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in September 2021 (you didn’t tell your viewers about it, did you?) ...
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Did the Minsk accords (if they had been fully implemented) give LPR/DPR (and thus Russia) veto power over any legislation in Ukraine?

According to William E. Pomeranz of the Wilson Center: the Minsk accords call on Kyiv not only to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk within the country but also to give these two ...
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Did the Ukrainian Ambassador for Human Rights get added to the list of enemies of Ukraine?

I stumbled upon this niche tweet claiming that the Ukrainian Ombudsman for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova made up rape allegations against the Russian Army and was added to the list of enemies of ...
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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Quote by Putin in today's Victory Day speech: “In December last year, we proposed the conclusion of an agreement on security guarantees. Russia called on the West to enter an honest dialogue, in ...
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Is the woman in this interview the same one in this viral photo of the bombing of the Mariupol hospital?

Some sources (which I find unreliable) are claiming that, the unnamed pregnant Ukranian who were injured in most famous photo of Mariupol Hospital Bombing is the same woman as Mariana Vishegirskava, ...
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Does Elon Musk's Starlink system play a significant role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The DW article Ukraine is using Elon Musk's Starlink for drone strikes about the use of Starlink to provide internet in Ukraine is suggesting that it is playing a role in, e.g., the way president ...
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Does Chernobyl require active cooling to avert a catastrophe?

In the BBC article, Inside Chernobyl: We stole Russian fuel to prevent catastrophe you can find this "If we had lost power, it could have been catastrophic," Oleksandr explained. "...
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Were there YouTube ads calling on Russian citizens to disrupt rail routes into Ukraine?

An address from Roskomnadzor states "Earlier it became known that YouTube video hosting users are broadcasting commercials with calls to disable the railway communications of the Russian ...
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Does Ukraine have more tanks now than it did at the beginning of the invasion? [closed]

During a war, one may expect tank counts for both sides to go decrease (i.e. as they engage in combat and are destroyed). MSNBC reports Forbes stating: The Ukrainian army has more tanks now than when ...
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Did a "KUB-BLA" AI powered "suicide" drone fly into Ukraine?

The Daily Star (a not particularly reputable source) has reported that a so-called AI-based "Suicide Drone" has been spotted in Ukraine. (Please excuse all the click-bait. The website is ...
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Does Ukraine have biological weapons facilities?

There's a viral conspiracy theory that Russia attacked Ukraine to neutralize Ukraine's biological weapons. Among many other sources, this tweet from Glenn Greenwald cites a video where Senator Marco ...
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Would a meltdown/explosion at Zaporizhia mean the "evacuation" of Europe?

According to the Guardian, Zelenskiy said (on the fighting at Zaporizhia nuclear plant): “If there will be an explosion, it will be the end to all of us: the end of Europe, the evacuation of Europe,” ...
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Are these maps captured Russian plans to invade Ukraine? [closed]

Pro-Ukrainian twitter user, @TruthsUnchained, tweeted: #BREAKING 📰 Russian battle plans captured, likely from one of the command vehicles captured. Battle plans were approved on January 18th and ...
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Did the Russian 74th motorised rifle brigade surrender in February '22? [closed]

The following statements go around on the major social media networks. However, I have been unable to verify the statements are actually sourced. Ragıp Soylu (Turkey Bureau Chief for MiddleEastEye): ...
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Did a Ukrainian woman tell a Russian solider in Kherson Oblast to put seeds in his pockets so flowers would grow when he dies in Ukraine?

Basically, is the following a real exchange, down to the details? Reported on Twitter with 1.1M views: Ukrainian woman confronts Russian soldiers in Henychesk, Kherson region. Asks them why they came ...
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Did a Turkish cargo ship get bombed in the Black Sea during the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

In a Discord server, someone pointed out the following article by Russian state news media about a Turkish cargo ship which was reportedly hit by a bomb on the way from Odessa to Romania: Turkish ...
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Do these photos show Ukrainian children being trained to fight the Russian army?

From a widely-shared Reddit post: Ukrainian children trained to use rifles against Russian soldiers The other photos in the post are shown below. Neither the post nor the comments provide a source. ...
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Has there been a "buildup" of 175,000 Russian troops on the Ukraine border in January 2022?

Numerous news items have claimed or implied a buildup of 100,000 Russian troops and hundreds of tanks and armoured personnel carriers along its borders. Most are vague about the exact location. The ...
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Does this video depict a neo-nazi leader dying in the middle of a speech?

I'n seeing this video all over twitter, with yesterday supposedly being the 4 year anniversary: "The head of the neo-Nazi nationalists in Lvov Ukraine died in the middle of a speech" https:/...
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Was Roman Protasevich a member of the Azov Battalion?

In the wake of the extraordinary forced landing of Ryan Air flight 4978 by the Belarusian government (described by Ryan Air as a state-sponsored hijacking), the state-supported Russian media launched ...
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Did Burisma admit to bribing Joe Biden?

Hal Turner claimed in a late September 2020 article from the Hal Turner Radio Show that: In an utterly stunning development for US politics, Burisma Gas Holdings Corp of Ukraine admitted in court ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Talk show host Glenn Beck said on BlazeTV in February 2020 (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then, knowing this, ...
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Did Joe Biden "stop the prosecution" of his son in Ukraine? And did he brag about stopping the prosecution?

In recently released transcripts of a phone conversation between President Trump of the United States and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, President Trump makes the following statement: There's a ...
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Does the US Army move tanks in bulk to Ukraine?

I know the site I am sharing is mostly fake news. For instance their latest claim (excerpt below) is not supported by any link to external source. But still, the claim was really alarming and I am not ...
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Do the Crimean people prefer to be with Russia than with Ukraine?

In July 2016, Donald Trump, as a US presidential candidate was quoted by ABC News as saying: The people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. Politifact ...
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Is the West supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

John Pilger claims With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last "buffer state" bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US ...
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Was a "new world religion" memorandum signed in Strasbourg in June 2014?

There is a document which is shared on the internet these days. I saw it in Romanian language and then searching a bit, I found it in English as well: it refers to a "memorandum" signed in ...
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Did Crimean Tatars collaborate with Nazi Germany's crimes against humanity?

The article Tell Eurovision in 1944 Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to protect them from punishment for Nazi war crimes, by Scott (13672 views, 64 comments) claims that Crimean Tatars collaborated with ...
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Do Ukrainian MPs have regular fist fights?

Multiple sources (for example, here) state that Ukranian Parliamentarians routinely have physical fights on the assembly floor. The videos look a bit like stage fighting to me, however. Are these real ...
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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

The viral image below purports to show three TV screenshots of the same photo of a bomb, with the source of the being attributed to three different sources: First image: Ukrainian Channel 5. The text ...
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Is this photo of a jet firing at MH17 a fake?

An image showing a jet firing at MH17 in the Ukraine has surfaced recently and was broadcast by the official Russian state news channel, Channel One Russia. Could this image be real? There's an ...
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Has Russia invaded Ukraine? [closed]

The New York Times and many other media have reported that Russia invaded Ukraine: A senior NATO official confirmed on Wednesday what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the Organization ...
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Does Hunter Biden work for a Ukrainian oil company?

Around May 2014, Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company announced that it had added Hunter Biden (US Vice-President Joe Biden's son) to its board of directors. This caused a small controversy in ...
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Was Aeroflot SU2074 intended target in MH17 shooting?

In recently published video and press release SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) claims that intended target for the SA-11 operated by Russian separatists was Russian Aeroflot flight SU2074 (aka AFL-...
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Was MH17's flight path rerouted?

I was reading this article which is an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron from former Russian President, Sergey Stepashin, and Russian Politician President, Sergey Glazyev regarding the ...
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Is this Strelkov?

The ibtimes site claims that the guy in this image is Igor Girkin, also know as 'Strelkov": Igor 'Strelkov ' Girkin (C) pictured in Visegrad in 1992 along with a Russian mercenary and a Bosnian ...
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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia? [closed]

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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Was the MH17 video taken in Ukraine-held territory?

According to MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis, On the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Mr. Kerry referred to a video that the Ukrainians have made public showing an SA-11 unit heading back to ...
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