Why Putin invaded, in his own words
In June 2022, Putin stated the mission in Ukraine was about returning Ukraine to Russia. Putin made no mention of NATO or a threat from NATO, nor any other false claims about the reasons for the invasion.
An article that was published early in the war, when Russia had yet to realize it would fail to take Kyiv in three days, was filled with grandiose imperialist visions. This article also lacked any mention of NATO and makes clear the invasion was one of choice:
Did someone in the old European capitals, in Paris and Berlin, seriously believe that Moscow would give up Kiev?
NATO countries accounted for 6% of the Russian border before the invasion of Ukraine, which spurred countries to join NATO. More importantly, unlike Russia, NATO countries have no history of offensive aggression or invasion.
Russia has invaded and attacked several countries offensively in the past 20 years, while NATO has not because it’s a defensive alliance.
- Russia frequently misrepresents a NATO mission to end a year-long genocide in the former Yugoslavia, and it mimics NATO discussion about the licit use of force to discuss the invasion of Ukraine.
After Putin's bungled invasion, Russian state media still ran a now-deleted victory article
An article published on RIA NOVOSTI, Russian state-controlled media, assumed a world where Putin's invasion and attack on Ukraine went differently-one where he took the country in mere days. Instead, the Russian military has suffered heavy losses, performed poorly according to military experts with its elementary failures, although it continues to advance at a high price.
Stories about "Ukrainian Nazis" were rare before 2014. Then they they surged as Russia's plans faltered.
Audio playback is not supported on your browser. Please upgrade. Hoaxlines gathered data to assess media discussions of "Ukraine" and the term "Nazi." We searched across a decade from June 2010 through July 2022 using the Media Cloud Explorer. We found that content discussing "Ukraine" and "Nazi" surged as the 2014 Kremlin-orchestrated events in Ukraine stumbled.
New accounts deny Bucha Massacre and boost pro-Kremlin narratives about the invasion
Hoaxlines collected the most recent 100,000 tweets for the query "Bucha" on April 3, 2022. The majority of tweets expressed outrage at the atrocities that took place in Bucha, which include a mass killing revealed by a mass grave. Examples of recent accounts denying the Bucha Massacre or boosting disinformation about Ukraine have been included in the report.
Russia appears linked to false claims Ukrainians are torturing each other
NOTE: This is a working paper and has only been published early to prevent false narratives from spreading. Updated: Update-2: Twitter suspended another account in this report. The original poster of the videos is telling people in the Telegram channel to post the videos from Telegram to Twitter.