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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The falsehoods in Putin's speech are not so much outright factual lies as mischaracterisations. He starts by referring to "the invasion of our historical lands", by which he appears to mean ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

[...]is it true that USA is increasing it's crude oil imports from Russia year-over-year No. Before we get to the technical answer, first let's point out the lies by omission. The US imports very ...
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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

It's difficult to prove a negative of this kind. Zelensky said the plan to attack Crimea didn't exist. If the Kremlin has compelling evidence, it's up to them to present it. Actually, it seems they ...
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Do these photos show Ukrainian children being trained to fight the Russian army?

This answer talks about two Ukrainian photojournalists, both called Sergei: Sergei Supinsky and Sergei Dolzhenko. Both of them photographed the training event in Ukraine. Supinsky's photos are ...
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Did a Turkish cargo ship get bombed in the Black Sea during the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

It was reported on Lloyd's so it's probably real. I don't have a subscription, so I can't access (all) the details. Turkish bulker hit by bomb off Odessa. The Yasa Jupiter suffered no casualties. It ...
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Did Volodymyr Zelenskyy say that "if someone in Ukraine feels Russian, they should leave for Russia"?

Is it true that Zelenskyy said that, or anything along those lines, prior to the invasion in February 2022? It seems the answer is yes, though what I found is from August 2021 and has a bit more ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

No multi-megaton nuclear warhead ever has been exploded underwater, so the best we can hope for in the way of sources is "what is the research on this". Wikipedia: Underwater explosion -- ...
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Has there been a "buildup" of 175,000 Russian troops on the Ukraine border in January 2022?

The existence of the troop buildup is undisputed by everyone involved. All the major western powers agree, pretty much all news organizations agree. The Russians themselves do not deny it, even in the ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

Well, nobody has tested really, really big nuclear bombs underwater. But we do have some underwater tests we can look at. In 1946, the US tested a 21 kt bomb underwater in Operation Crossroads. You ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

While it's true that US oil imports from Russia increased in recent weeks they are lower than they were before the invasion, and by the end of April a complete prohibition will go into effect. The ...
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Do these photos show Ukrainian children being trained to fight the Russian army?

Yes. As far as I can tell. More similar images hosted by Yahoo news. My local news hosted one of these pictures. Second article. Both credit the figure to SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP. Search on him seem to ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

It appears that some members have proposed that though it is unclear if it has the support of the entire body or not. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1610029/Putin-Poland-denazification-Ukraine-...
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Does Ukraine have more tanks now than it did at the beginning of the invasion?

Summary: This finding has been widely reported, but almost all of the sources are looking at the same primary data source, which is unreliable. That source is "open-source-intelligence analysts ...
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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

For the first claim - that preparations were underway for a Ukrainian offensive in Donbas/Crimea - I perused the Wikipedia article on the Prelude to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and didn't see ...
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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?

If your question is to confirm whether the woman on the video actually asked the soldier to put seeds in his pockets so that when he's dead sunflowers will grow from his body, then the answer is yes, ...
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Did the US break several treaties with the USSR/Russia after 1918?

As explained in Train Wreck: The U.S. Violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Georgetown Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 12-128): The United States is violating a multilateral ...
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Did Peter the Great just "return" lands that "belonged to Russia", in the Great Northern War?

Not that this claim over "belongs to" or "return" should matter that much for any argument in the present day, but of course this is rooted in historical fact, with a twist if you ...
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Has Russia pegged the ruble to gold in the sense that U.S. dollar was before August 15, 1971?

First, Russia has not pegged the ruble to gold. It sort of did for 10 days (sort of... we'll get to that in a moment), but reversed on April 8th. The article in Forbes is from a contributor, making it ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

Oleg Morozov, a deputy of Duma, stated the following in his social media: Своими заявлениями о России, как "раковой опухоли", и о "контрибуции", которую мы должны выплатить ...
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Did Syrian army Pantsir systems destroy 23 Tomahawks (using just 25 missiles) in an attack on Damascus?

I completely rewrote my initial answer to give a more in depth assessment of the claim. The previous one can be found here I will try to address the specific claim but also two probably more relevant ...
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Are these maps captured Russian plans to invade Ukraine?

I'm not really qualified for a full answer, but... The stuff does look genuine, but it's not sufficient to make conclusions about the actual plans (without knowing more). The table from the workbook ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

There's a big problem here: Let's suppose the bomb can actually produce a 500m wave near the point of detonation--what happens? The circumference of a circle is linear to it's radius--double the ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

A number of users under the tweet point to this tweet by RIA - a russian state-owned news agency - as the original source for the claim that "the state duma" proposed this. It states: В ...
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Did Peter the Great just "return" lands that "belonged to Russia", in the Great Northern War?

TLDR version: Ivan IV (aka "the Terrible") did claim and ask for Riga during the 1560s wars and negotiations with (Grand Duchy of) Lithuania, although he did not get it (during his lifetime)....
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Is the woman in this interview the same one in this viral photo of the bombing of the Mariupol hospital?

It is the same woman "with high probability" according to RTL's analysis. In Google translation: The RTL verification team can confirm that, according to facial recognition, there is a high ...
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