Russian fake news: Ukraine cuts off utilities for failure to appear at military recruitment centers

Russian fake news: Ukraine cuts off utilities for failure to appear at military recruitment centers

Propagandists faked a leaflet, trying to discredit Ukrainian counteroffensive

Russian Telegram channels shared a post with a photo of a leaflet against the background of a mailbox. The text reads that if a citizen does not appear at the Ternopil Regional Military Recruitment Center, then, according to the Law "On Mobilization Training and Mobilization," hot water and natural gas will allegedly not be supplied to the apartment where he resides. For more details, it is suggested to contact the Ternopil Regional Military Recruitment Center by phone. In addition, the leaflet is signed by Director of Komenergo-Ternopil 1 Management Company O.A. Popov. The propagandists also added that this was allegedly connected with the failure of a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

The leaflet is fake.

The Law of Ukraine "On Mobilization Training and Mobilization" does not say anything about the disconnection of utility services in apartments where citizens are registered for their failure to appear at the request of the military recruitment center.

The Ternopil Regional Military Recruitment Center told Ukrinform that regional military recruitment centers do not call up or summon citizens. Those who work with citizens are district and city military recruitment centers.

According to them, only the phone number and address of the Ternopil Regional Military Recruitment Center are not fake in the leaflet, which can easily be found in the public domain.

The onset of the next heating season has likely motivated the propagandists to produce a fake leaflet in August stating that the citizen should have appeared at the military recruitment center "by January 18, 2023." At the same time, the reference to the "failure" of the Ukrainian counteroffensive is meaningless because the counteroffensive began almost six months later, in June. And the presence of words like "soglasno" in Russian instead of "zgidno" in Ukrainian ("according to" in English) in Russian propaganda fakes has already become classics.

In July, the Russians already faked a campaign leaflet for the employment of Ukrainians in Germany.

Dmytro Badrak

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