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Don't fall for the Russian fake: Ukraine's defence ministry does not call for mobilisation of the elderly

Today's story is about a fake propaganda campaign by Russian social media users claiming that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence is distributing leaflets calling on elderly people to join the armed forces. We debunk this hoax and remind you that Russian propaganda has previously spread similar lies about the President of Ukraine and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“Propaganda leaflets” allegedly issued by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine are being disseminated across Russian social media channels; they are urging older persons to enlist in the Armed Forces. Propagandists say that these “prop leaflets” have allegedly begun to appear in Kyiv.

This is a lie. The Ukrainian capital refutes any existence of such leaflets, dismissing it as a fake of Russia’s broader information campaign, specifically centered on the issue of “forced mobilization” in Ukraine. 

This fake becomes evident when we examine the distinct fonts and colours employed, which deviate from the official “brand book” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Regrettably, Ukrainian social media users have unwittingly fallen for this fake narrative, and are inadvertently disseminating falsified “prop leaflets.”

Previously, Russian propaganda machinery had disseminated misinformation concerning fake leaflets featuring the President of Ukraine and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. These leaflets purportedly urged Ukrainians to “make the right choice.” The Disinformation Counteraction Centre reported on this earlier fake  small logo

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Halyna Dolynna
Halyna Dolynna
editor of the English texts
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