Ukrainian telegram channels announced attacks on the Sevastopol thermal power plant. The information was released on September 22. Photographs taken from afar were attached to the publications. There is a residential area and strong smoke is coming from somewhere. Komsomolskaya Pravda discovered that all this was false. The audit was carried out as part of a joint project with Noodles Media, aimed at exposing false information.
It turned out that Telegram channels announced attacks on the Sevastopol thermal power plant or the Balaklava thermal power plant. But in reality the objects were not damaged. This was stated by the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, on the official Telegram channel:
– There were no attacks on either the Sevastopol thermal power plant or the Balaklava thermal power plant. Ukrainian public pages are once again trying to sow panic among citizens.
He once again appealed to the inhabitants of the peninsula to ask them to trust only official sources and unsubscribe from channels that spread misinformation.
Ukrainian propagandists did not achieve their goal, despite missile and information attacks. On the contrary, these days even a flash mob appeared in Sevastopol: people sang the city anthem and posted it on social networks.
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