these infox which seek to pass off the massacre of Boutcha for a scene

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Since the discovery of the massacre of numerous civilians in the town of Boutcha, 30 kilometers northwest of the Ukrainian capital, the Kremlin and its allies have circulated an abundance of counter-narratives, often convoluted, misleading or suspicious, to clear the Russia of its responsibilities.

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Women would have simulated their death in Boutcha

A post attributed to a Ukrainian living in Lviv, Nastya Savchyshyn, went viral days after the Boutcha massacre. The young woman writes, in Ukrainian, next to a photo of herself and a picture of a dead woman: “My name is Nastya Savchyshyn, I lived in Boutcha. These are two photos of me. In times of peace, I liked to travel. I was killed and raped by [censuré] because I am Ukrainian. » This publication has since been used to prove that the Boutcha massacre was a “staging”as the Russian news agency Ria FAN writes, even a ” lie “according to the Telegram account of Donbass Insider, a French-speaking site with fiercely pro-Russian positions.

Misinterpreted messages of support

If Nastya Vachyshyn does exist, the interpretation made of her message is erroneous. In a message on Instagram of April 7, she also denounces a “fake” and an attempt to “propaganda”. Her initial photo montage, dated the day before, was not intended to admit that the Boutcha massacre was a deception in which she would have participated as an extra, but to show that this dead woman, “it could have been any one of us”.

This same text is repeated in several similar messages circulating. Indeed, associating her photo with that of a victim has become a way for young Ukrainian women to display their pain and their solidarity with the dead women of Boutcha on social networks. The idea was reportedly floated on Instagram on April 4 by a Ukrainian artist named Mariia Vorobiova.

Ukrainian police reportedly confess to ‘cleansing’ of ‘collaborators’

“It turns out that the site of the national police [ukrainienne] announced on April 2 the cleaning of #Boutcha of “collaborators”assures on Twitter Alexandre Nevsky, a French Internet user relaying the propaganda elements of the Kremlin. And a day later, you are shown the corpses. To accuse the Russians was amateurism, they tried their trick, they will not hesitate to do it again. » According to this message, the Boutcha massacre was perpetrated by Ukrainian security forces and not by Russian soldiers.

A badly translated press release

This counterfeit relies on two documents written in Russian, but neither matches an existing article online.

The Ukrainian police communicated well on a visit to the martyred city, but on April 3, according to its official site. Besides, this article talks about “identification of saboteurs and looters”and not eliminating them.

It is not excluded that abuses were committed by the Ukrainian army, but this press release, brandished by the pro-Russians, does not contain any element which would prove it.

Ukrainian soldiers reportedly placed the bodies themselves

A short video showing Ukrainian soldiers dragging inert bodies to the ground with cables was relayed in particular on Twitter and interpreted in conspiratorial spheres as proof of a macabre staging orchestrated by the Ukrainian troops themselves, “in full preparation for Western media”.

This interpretation supports the Russian argument that the bodies littering the streets of the city were disposed of after the departure of Russian troops on 1er April, and that the Boutcha massacre cannot therefore be blamed on them.

A body clearance operation

The images are actually taken from a video by the Associated Press, as noted by the fact-checking Twitter account Fake investigation, April 6. AP journalists filmed them in Boutcha on April 2 and they have since been archived and contextualized on the news agency’s website.

The 2 minute and 12 second video shows residents of Boutcha testifying to abuses, inert bodies, as well as Ukrainian soldiers in the streets of the city. Twice, in the images, we see the latter pulling corpses to the ground using cables and changing their position. AP then explains: “The soldiers pull the body with a cable, fearing that it will be trapped”. It is therefore a demining operation, and not a staging.

Ukrainians reportedly used dummies to fake dead

Several accounts, most of them pro-Russian, relay a video published on April 6 on Twitter and on Telegram where two men can be seen handling a mannequin and covering it with duct tape. Users interpret these images as new ” proof “ that the Boutcha massacre would only be a “staging”.

The preparation of this mannequin, filmed as part of a film shoot, is used out of context to assert that the Boutcha massacre was staged.

A video from the shooting of a film

These images come from the TikTok account of a 29-year-old Russian blogger and comedian, named Philippe Fedorchuk. The original video, posted on March 29 and viewed over a million times, comes with a caption in Russian. Literally translated, it means: “Preparing a mannequin for a fall in a film”.

On Instagram and TikTok, Philippe Fedorchuk regularly posts photos and videos of filming locations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. For example, on April 5, he posted a selfie accompanied by Russian actor Aleksei Kravchenko on the set of the “Russian Special Forces” series. These images therefore have no connection with the war in Ukraine.

The massacre was orchestrated by the Ukrainian and British secret services, according to a Ukrainian MP

Another video circulates to explain that the tragedy of Boutcha would have been “prepared” by the Ukrainian secret service (SBU) under the direction of the British secret service (MI6). This account of “Ukrainian MP Ilya Kiva” was notably taken up by Le Media in 4-4-2, a pro-Kremlin conspiratorial site. On Twitter, the Russian Embassy in France posted a video relaying the same allegation.

The testimony of this former Ukrainian deputy, accused of high treason for his pro-Kremlin positioning, is used as proof of a conspiracy, despite inconsistencies in his speech.

An allegation without proof, contradicted by the testimonies

This very strong accusation is not based on any evidence to date. Since the town of Boucha was in the hands of Russian forces from March 7 to 31, it seems difficult to explain how the Ukrainian secret services could have acted in such a way that the bodies were found on March 1er April, city liberation day. In addition, according to analyzes of satellite images published by the New York Times, several corpses had already been lying in the street for three weeks. Executions of civilians by Russian soldiers have also been confirmed and corroborated by several testimonies from residents.

The character of Ilya Kiva is also a source of disputed objectivity. A member of the pro-Russian opposition Platform-For Life party, this former deputy and presidential candidate has been prosecuted in Ukraine since March 6 for high treason. He is accused by Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova of taking part in the Kremlin’s war propaganda.

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