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Did Joe Biden "stop the prosecution" of his son in Ukraine? And did he brag about stopping the prosecution?

Yes, Biden used economic pressure to oust Prosecutor Viktor Shokin. No, Biden did not do so to protect Burisma. If anything, the opposite is true. A Timeline 2002: Mykola Zlochevsky co-founds ...
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Does Ukraine have biological weapons facilities?

I think it's worth looking at some of the specific evidence put forward by Russian state-sponsored media. Here's one such example, from a twitter account that's publishing some of the specific ...
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Did Joe Biden "stop the prosecution" of his son in Ukraine? And did he brag about stopping the prosecution?

The US desire to have Shokin removed was echoed by the EU. He was viewed as either incompetent or himself corrupt (note, this source is generally considered conservative to right-wing). (See also ...
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Did Joe Biden "stop the prosecution" of his son in Ukraine? And did he brag about stopping the prosecution?

Biden bragged about getting a prosecutor (Viktor Shokin) fired, by threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine. A video and transcript are available here: I remember going over and convincing our team, ...
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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 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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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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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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Were the Starlink units for Ukraine not paid by Musk?

At least some Starlink units have been paid by SpaceX. It is not possible to establish whether any of those were "paid by Musk himself", no sources cite anything like that. It seems that of ...
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Do the Crimean people prefer to be with Russia than with Ukraine?

It's not terribly clear to me what you're asking, but the 2017 survey by the German ZOiS (found via an RT story) has these highlights (not all of them reproduced by RT): The vast majority of the ...
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Was Roman Protasevich a member of the Azov Battalion?

Probably the most reliable source available is Meduza, a Russian journalistic site. Meduza is an independent publication which has been dubbed a "foreign agent" by Russia due to receiving ...
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Did Burisma admit to bribing Joe Biden?

The claim seems to have originated from Andrii Derkach and was then spread by Giuliani. Senate Republicans have investigated the alleged corruption around Hunter Biden. The key finding is that Hunter ...
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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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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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Do the Crimean people prefer to be with Russia than with Ukraine?

In addition to the ZOiS (German government) poll mentioned by Fizz, there were polls funded by the US and Canadian governments. One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev (...
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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 Chernobyl require active cooling to avert a catastrophe?

I don't think that the fear here is another meltdown but just general release of radioactive waste in general. According to the New Scientist article Chernobyl power cut sparks fears of potential for ...
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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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Did Sergei Pashinsky say Bayraktar are not effective in combat, and get shot down almost immediately?

The full text of the tweet: Review of Ukrainian politician Sergei Pashinsky on Turkish UAVs supplied to Zelensky's regime. “Bayraktar has more PR and corruption than combat use. He has no combat ...
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Does Ukraine have biological weapons facilities?

I'm not sure how it's possible to prove a negative of this kind, but Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the 15-member council that the UN is “not aware of any ...
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Does this video depict a neo-nazi leader dying in the middle of a speech?

No, this video does not depict a neo-nazi leader dying in the middle of a speech. Namely, Yes, Petro Vushko died at age of 91 during his speech at the monument to Shukhevych; No, he was not a leader ...
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Is the West supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

Funding, arming, and training neo-Nazi militias As of March 2018, the United States is no longer funding the Azov Battalion, which is a neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine. An amendment to the annual omnibus ...
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Would a meltdown/explosion at Zaporizhia mean the "evacuation" of Europe?

Almost certainly not quite that. According to experts cited by the BBC: Experts say that although the attack was dangerous, there are important differences between the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia ...
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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 pro-Ukraine group blow up Nordstream pipeline?

At the moment (March 9th 2023) it's impossible to say. This latest theory about the Nordstream sabotage is being presented by several private and public news outlets from Germany who claim to have ...
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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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Does Hunter Biden work for a Ukrainian oil company?

I was able to find a 2015 story by the New York Times' James Risen commenting on Hunter Biden's appointment to the Burisma Board of Directors. Burisma was a large Ukrainian natural gas supplier that ...
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