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Fact checks: by the Ukraine Fact Check team

Ukraine Fact Check presents fact checks on Ukraine in two different ways. Our team works to:

1. index and tag existing fact-check articles from reputable sources from across the internet;

2. compile and publish original fact check articles, based our team’s own research into a subject.

Below, you can find all of our original fact check articles.

Fact vs Fake tip #2: Is it the whole story?

Fact vs Fake tip #2: Is it the whole story?

Jan 22, 20241 min read
Fact vs Fake tip # 1: Is it the whole story? Cross-reference information. Don’t rely on a single source. Check the facts against multiple other sources, especially those that have a different viewpoint. If a claim is true, multiple sources should verify it.
Fact vs Fake tip #1: Check the source

Fact vs Fake tip #1: Check the source

Jan 11, 20241 min read
Fact vs Fake tip #1: Check the source. Before you take any story at face value, check where it’s coming from. Is it a reputable outlet with a history of accurate reporting? Or is it a site you’ve never heard of, that is pushing sensational stories?
No, Ukraine is not taking money from Hawai’i relief

No, Ukraine is not taking money from Hawai’i relief

Jan 9, 20247 min read
In the wake of the devastating wildfires on Hawai’i in August 2023, viral posts falsely claimed that the US government would only provide $700 in aid each to affected households. In fact, the federal government responded quickly to the horrific disaster in Maui, conducting extensive rescue operations and providing aid far in excess of $700 per household.
Bucha massacre: Satellite evidence and timeline

Bucha massacre: Satellite evidence and timeline

Nov 27, 20231 min read
The timeline of events in Bucha is critical to understanding events around the 2022 massacre. Many narratives about Bucha hinge entirely on the order of events, and on the dates of certain pieces of evidence. In this article, we lay out several viral claims about the Bucha massacre, and show how each is either debunked or strengthened by the timeline of documented events.
Top 3 tips to spot fake news

Top 3 tips to spot fake news

Nov 6, 20232 min read
Fake news is flooding our social media – but you can spot it if you know what to look for. Not sure if a headline is fake news or not? Here are three tips to check whether a story is fact or fiction.
Flawed poll claims 55% of Americans oppose further US aid to Ukraine

Flawed poll claims 55% of Americans oppose further US aid to Ukraine

Aug 8, 202310 min read
A review of CNN’s data shows that their poll violates multiple best practices. The numbers presented likely do not reflect a true shift in American public opinion as claimed.
Is Ukraine’s counteroffensive “stuck”, or just a slow starter? It’s way too soon to tell.

Is Ukraine’s counteroffensive “stuck”, or just a slow starter? It’s way too soon to tell.

Aug 1, 20237 min read
As of the time of writing (August 1, 2023), it far too soon to judge the ultimate success of Ukraine’s current counteroffensive. Anyone making confident predictions at this point in time is just guessing. As unsatisfying as it might be, we will just have to wait and see.
Illustration of a hand putting a ballot into a ballot box.

No, Zelensky hasn’t “canceled” Ukrainian elections

Jul 23, 20235 min read
Accusations have circulated on social media that President Zelensky of Ukraine has cancelled elections in Ukraine, and extended martial law in order to remain in power. In fact, holding elections now, under wartime conditions, would almost guarantee another Zelensky victory. It would also be illegal under Ukrainian laws that predate Zelensky’s time in power.
Deadly Kramatorsk missile was Russian – not Ukrainian

Deadly Kramatorsk missile was Russian – not Ukrainian

Jul 10, 20232 min read
On June 28, 2023, a Russian missile hit a crowded restaurant in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. 13 people died in this attack, including at least 3 children and a leading Ukrainian poet and author (as of July 3). As with pretty much every major strike on civilians, to add insult to injury, false stories immediately began being circulated by pro-Russian influencers online.
The word "Fake" appears in red letters on top of a screenshot of a social media post, which describes so-called baby factories supposedly discovered in Ukraine.

Fake news: No evidence of ‘baby factories’ in Ukraine

Jul 9, 20233 min read
Sick: BBC’s fact-checking team have traced false claims of “baby factories” in Ukraine back to a notorious online hoax factory. “Who would possibly lie about something like that?” you might reasonably ask yourself. Depressingly, we have the answer to that question.
No, weapons for Ukraine were not used in French riots

No, weapons for Ukraine were not used in French riots

Jul 9, 20232 min read
A false rumor on Twitter has been traced by the BBC back to pro-Kremlin propaganda channels. The deliberately misleading Twitter post falsely claims that weapons possibly among those sent to Ukraine were used against police in the recent riots in France (summer 2023). The attached image shows a fabricated “screenshot” of a non-existent news article.