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Has Zelensky "declared war against Christianity"?

The best way to tell a lie is to tell a partial truth. It is true that the Ukrainian government has raided several churches associated with the Russian Orthodox Church. What Carlson failed to mention ...
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Has Zelensky "declared war against Christianity"?

This is an addition to the excellent answer by David Hammen in order to give more historic and local context. During the time of the USSR, Russian Orthodox Church was essentially under a complete ...
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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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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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Was a Russian tank photographed during the 1956 Hungarian revolution destroyed in Ukraine in 2023?

They're rather unlikely to be the same tank. The bottom photo has all those "bumps" on the right-hand side cupola, as you're looking at the photo. (It's the commander's cupola, I think.) ...
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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 Kim Clement predict the Russo-Ukrainian War?

The prediction is extremely vague. There are (almost) no specifics in the statements. No timeline. No mention of a war. Ukraine is mentioned only once in the video. Just vague statements like "i ...
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Was a Russian tank photographed during the 1956 Hungarian revolution destroyed in Ukraine in 2023?

The number on the side of Soviet tanks in 1956 did not have a consistent meaning. It varied unit by unit, but it was never a unique identifier for the tank and certainly not over 70 years. That these ...
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Did the U.K. sabotage Russia/Ukraine peace deal in April?

This is probably not fully answerable until archives are opened and so forth, but it's probably worth pointing out that a few days before Johnson visited (on April 9), the negotiations were actually ...
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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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Is it illegal in Russia to call the war in Ukraine a "war"?

The two facts are true. For the first see Russian fake news laws, which says the first was passed on March 4th, 2022. For the second, see Ukraine events can’t be called war, this is special military ...
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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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Does exported Ukrainian wheat (only) amount to 2.5% of the world's wheat production?

That claim appears to be misleading as it is talking about overall production and not what gets exported. According to University of California, Davis Russia accounts for 19% of the market and Ukraine ...
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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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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 Ilya Ponomarev confess that he is behind the antisemitic mobs in Dagestan?

Yes and no. Earlier this year, he took credit for arranging protests through the channel. He again bragged about operating the channel in August. Immediately following the anti-Semitic protests, ...
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Is it illegal in Russia to call the war in Ukraine a "war"?

Yes, to the point that a St. Petersburg member of the local parliament requested Attorney General to prosecute Putin for using the word "war" in his recent speech. Source (One of the most ...
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Do Donetsk residents want to join Russia?

Some of them certainly do. Even when phrased as broadly as "Ukraine should join Russia". These were the results of a poll conducted between 8-18 February 2014. That's about a month before ...
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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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Do Russian forces now have an official religious prayer to protect against "Devil's Drones"?

No way. (Left this as a comment under the question, but on second thought, it deserves an answer) IMSoP correctly pointed out in a comment, putting it in an answer here for greater visibility, that in ...
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Do Donetsk residents want to join Russia?

To quote @pinegulf, It's almost certainly impossible to get accurate answer while there is active war going on Having said that, the closest you can get to an answer is by looking at historical data ...
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Have approximately 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers been killed in action since 2022?

We don't know the actual actual number of UA deaths in the war. That may come in the aftermath of the war when data can be more thoroughly analyzed. Both belligerents have intelligence reasons to not ...
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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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Does exported Ukrainian wheat (only) amount to 2.5% of the world's wheat production?

Sarah Taber, who works in industry as a crop consultant, is in agreement with Putin's statement that the shortage itself is "not worth speaking of." She also makes an important point, ...
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Did Putin claim that the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbas region is pro-Russia?

Whatever Putin's exact words may have been and whether Al-Jazeera may have twisted them a bit (they don't claim it's an exact quote by the way), the DPR leader Pushilin was recently quoted as saying (...
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Have Russian conscripts been told they are "fighting Poland"?

Although I don't have direct confirmation, I'd rate this as fairly plausible. Not only are/were Western Ukrainian POWs teased as being practically Polish (in Russian captivity), but according to some ...
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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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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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Was a Russian colonel "required to volunteer for the war in Ukraine" as punishment for asking for a washing machine as a bribe?

Somewhat/largely true, even according to Russian sources published in Russia, although the detail about him being "required" to volunteer for Ukraine is presented as his request being ...
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Were 90% of Mariupol's apartment buildings destroyed during 2022 battles?

FWTW, I'm fairly confident that applying the UNOSAT standards for "destroyed" the 90% claim is almost certainly false. UNOSAT rated most of the buildings affected as "moderately" ...
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