The ruse with the dirty bomb: A sign of Putin’s weakness?
04 November 2022 | 12:55 pm
As Ukraine presses its counteroffensive against Russian occupying forces in the south, Moscow’s doing some nuclear muscle flexing, conducting military exercises simulating response to a nuclear attack and accusing Kiev of planning to launch one.
Over 200 prisoners were involved in what Ukraine said was the first swap to consist of all women. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on his troops to take more Russian prisoners.
Pro-Russian accounts claim that Ukrainian "propaganda" and mainstream Western media are showing fake victims, following a Russian missile strike in Kyiv on October 10. AP and Reuters reporters on the scene were able to confirm that the civilians in the viral posts are real victims of the war in Ukraine. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Russia’s military exercises and a new foreign policy doctrine are signaling further escalation with the West. Could this threaten to spark a global militarization? Our guests: Michael Thumann (Zeit), Sarah Pagung (DGAP), Alexey Yusupov (FES).
Ukrainian officials accused Russia of trying to provoke unrest in the Kherson region. Meanwhile, Moscow has sowed doubt over the future of Black Sea grain deal.
EU ambassadors have agreed on a new package of sanctions against Iranian officials in response to recent drone strikes in Ukraine. Tehran has denied supplying Russian forces with arms.
Ever since Moscow's mobilization drive to shore up Russian troops in Ukraine, a Russian feminist group has been helping men to avoid conscription. It's become a political force to reckon with.
Speaking to FRANCE 24, Vera Jourova, a Vice-President of the European Commission, strongly condemned what Russia says are evacuations of civilians in the Kherson province of southern Ukraine. "I come from Czechoslovakia and this is the old playbook," she told Catherine Nicholson. "The Soviet military invasion of 1968 was presented as brotherly help."
Since the start of the Ukraine war, there have been repeated false claims on social media that the entire conflict is being staged. France 24’s fact-checking team debunk the latest example: two videos that show a man in Ukrainian army uniform being filmed, as he appears to act out a scene on the battlefield.
Rebuilding Ukraine is a "generational task that must begin now," said Germany's Olaf Scholz and the EU's Ursula von der Leyen. Ukrainian and German experts are meeting in Berlin to discuss support for the reconstruction.
One of the many consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was the exodus of thousands of foreign students, who were forced to flee the country. Among them were more 18,000 Indian medical students, who made their way to neighbouring European countries in order to be repatriated.
A viral post on Facebook claims to show a convoy of NATO military advisors destroyed by Russian missiles. While many users believe that the images represent actual fighting, they were actually taken from a war video game series called Arma 3. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock travelled to Kyiv and promised long-term support. Her visit comes after diplomatic tensions which prevented a previous visit by German President Steinmeier. DW's Thomas Sparrow has the details.
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