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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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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

The original photo appears to have been posted by Ukrainian soldier Andrew Zaharov on his Facebook photo album. as it predates the articles from any of the news sources below. The initial hit for ...
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Is this photo of a jet firing at MH17 a fake?

Here's the BBC, one of the many news outlets reporting on this: Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim ...
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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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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 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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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 highlighs (not all of them reproduced by RT): The vast majority of the ...
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Do Ukrainian MPs have regular fist fights?

They're real politicians. This is easy enough to prove- the third video in that link has Oleh Lyashko taking part. If you do a Google Image search, you can see his face and you get a clear look in the ...
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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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Was MH17's flight path rerouted?

No, it was flying its usual path, same as it was flying for months before the event. Here is the path of the same flight day before (a bit to the South): Here is the same flight on 13th of June (a ...
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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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Was the video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Timestamps are not a good source of information unless you are really sure where they come from. They are set using the system time of the computer creating the file, which might, for example, be set ...
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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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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

This is a Soviet truck, ZiL-131: which is very unlikely to be used in Palestine. So the claim it is from Palestine is wrong. The bouth Russian and Ukrainian media claimed the truck to be Ukrainian, ...
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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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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia?

A few days ago correspondents of two British newspapers, The Guardian and The Telegraph, saw a column of 23 armored personnel carriers entering Ukraine from Russia. Obviously, volunteers are unable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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