Some Russian outlets and Telegram channels shared a German article that discussed an "acute shortage of teachers."
Some anonymous Telegram channels even stated that Ukrainians seeking asylum in Germany create a catastrophic burden on the education system and "behave defiantly" and "do not follow the rules."
- The original text does not say that refugees from Ukraine "exacerbate" the crisis in the educational system in Germany. Kevin Culina, the article's author, writes that Ukrainian children have every chance of successfully integrating into German society.
- The problem of a shortage of teachers that existed even before the war could become an obstacle to mastering the German language.
- The Die Welt article says that "the chances of successful integration of Ukrainian schoolchildren into the German education system are high.
- However, according to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies military expert, it is too early to conclude this matter.
- Also, the media of the Russian Federation distorted the content of the Politico article entitled "Europe's powers gave Ukraine no new military pledges in July, data shows" about the scale and scope of military support of Ukraine by Western partners.
- The Kremlin is trying to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine in foreign media, according to Irina Mirochnik. She also writes that it may erode the morale of Ukrainians who have received words of support from much of the West.
Popular titles on Yandex in the past day included a quote from US officer McGregor and assertions that the CIA is lying about Ukraine winning.
Top Yandex search result says US Officer McGregor "destroyed CIA lies.”
Another headline about Colonel McGregor, saying the CIA is lying and that Ukraine will lose.
TV Zvezda asserts Putin will win over the US in the outcome of the "special operation.”
Russian media and social channels spread the statement of Denis Pushylin, the head of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic," about a show "court" for Ukrainian POWs.
Pushylin reported that "iron cages are mounted on the stage of the Mariupol Chamber Philharmonic" and "cells are being equipped in the basement of the building" to hold Ukrainian defenders. Pushylin said, "several countries and international figures have previously agreed to participate in the "international tribunal" in Mariupol.
- He also stated that "materials and witnesses of 80 episodes of crimes" of prisoners of war have been prepared. Some pro-Kremlin actors poked fun at Zelenskyy, warning that if Russians do hold a show trial of Ukrainian prisoners in Mariupol, it will be the line beyond which any negotiations with the Russian Federation become impossible.
- With foreign media's help, Russian propaganda speculated on a possible offensive of Ukrainian troops in the South of Ukraine.
- American author William Lind in the article The American Conservative entitled "Ticking Bombs," accused Ukraine of "excessive coverage of the offensive in the South." He compared it to the Kursk Bulge during World War II in August 1943.
Top search results for Yandex in the week before August 23, 2022
Kremlin propaganda tries to accuse Ukraine of preparing and carrying out terrorist acts on the territory of Russia.
Russian and anonymous Telegram channels spread information that "the terrorists of the Ukrainian regime blew up Aleksandr Dugin's daughter." Immediately after the car explosion on the evening of August 20, Denis Pushylin, the head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, said that "it was the terrorists of the Ukrainian regime who tried to eliminate "Putin's ideologist" Aleksandr Dugin and blew up his daughter Daria.
- Russian propagandist, editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, and head of the Russia Today TV channel, Margarita Simonyan, demands "strikes on decision-making centers in Kyiv."
- On August 22, the Federal Security Service announced that the murder of Daria Dugina, the daughter of political scientist Aleksandr Dugin, had been solved.
- According to FSB, the killer was alleged to be "a 43-year-old Ukrainian woman who came to Russia with her daughter and has been tracking Dugin since July." FSB believes that "the Ukrainian special services are involved in it."
- They stated that the Office of the President of Ukraine allegedly "hunted for Dugin to cause panic among the Russians."
Ukrainian political scientist Yuriy Romanenko believes that "the murder of Daria Dugina is 100% the work of the Russians themselves."
He said that "for Ukraine, the goal is too small, and it made no sense to spend resources on the crazy Dugin. But for the internal context in Russia, this murder is extremely profitable".
- Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, stated that Ukraine was not involved in the bombing of Daria Dugina.
- In his opinion, propagandists "will use this to increase the informational pressure on Russian society, saying: "Let's go and slaughter Ukrainians en masse."
A trending article in English Pravda portrayed an alternate reality of the war
The article said that Ukraine was a terrorist state and that Ukraine is shelling civilian targets to attempt to draw the West into the war. Perhaps this is Russia’s way of telling us that this is its motivation when it does so. Excerpt from Pravda[.]ru:
In an interview with Izvestia, he noted that the actions of the Kyiv regime should be qualified as terrorist. The politician stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to shell the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the dam of the Kakhovka reservoir, the infrastructure of the DPR and LPR.
"This puts on the agenda the political issue of changing the format of the special military operation," Muradov said.
In his opinion, the militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are shelling peaceful objects in order to increase the degree of confrontation between Western countries and the Russian Federation.