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Russian state ‘news’ channel uses footage from TV series to falsely claim Ukrainians are staging deaths

A Russian state-controlled “news” channel falsely claimed that a video clip showed Ukrainian forces preparing a stunt dummy to stage deaths to blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, the clip is behind-the-scenes footage from the set of a Russian TV series. Let’s take a look at the facts.

 A Telegram post containing a video showing two men preparing what appears to be a stunt dummy. The post includes the text “This is how the Armed Forces of Ukraine prepare their staged videos in order to shout at the top of their lungs: “it’s Putin’s fault”, and then, as in Bucha, these toys will be scattered along the streets of Kiev or Nikolaev. The News Literacy Project has added a label that says, "FOOTAGE FROM SET OF RUSSIAN TV SERIES."
The video in this post on the social messaging app Telegram does not show Ukrainian soldiers using a stunt dummy to stage fake fatalities in the war against Russia.
It is behind-the-scenes footage from the set of a TV show filmed in Russia on March 20.
Russian state-controlled “news” network Rossiya-24 aired the video and amplified the baseless claim in this post.
Both the photo of Musk and the text at the bottom of the screen were added digitally.

NewsLit takeaway

Dismissing evidence of its own atrocities as “fake” or staged is a core disinformation tactic of the Russian government — one it also used to spread doubt and confusion about its involvement in attacks on civilians during the Syrian civil war. This Telegram post is one of a number of videos presented out of context in recent weeks to push the baseless claim that Ukraine is staging deaths. Russian government sources have consistently promoted the same falsehood to dismiss civilian casualties in Mariupol and Bucha.

Here is a full copy of the video:


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