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kyiv accuses German state media of being ‘fools of Russian propaganda’

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry calls for action from Berlin

The Russian-speaking section of Deutsche Welle (DW) is “dissemination of Russian propaganda” Oleg Nikolaenko, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed it, while calling on Berlin to act.

He expressed his anger at DW on his Facebook page on Wednesday, saying the German state-funded outlet was a “fakes Russian propaganda, manipulates quotes and distorts the causes and consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine”.

The post includes several screenshots, of wrongdoings by DW in his eyes.

One of the messages mentioned an initiative by a Russian political party last month to designate Ukraine “a terrorist state”.

Another was from Vogue magazine, which refuted claims that it published a glamorous 1939 photo of Adolf Hitler and his companion Eva Braun. The theme became popular on Russian social media after the magazine printed images of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenksy and his wife Elena last month, with users comparing the real photoshoot to the fictional one.

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Nikolaenko was also apparently unhappy with DW’s coverage of a possible disaster at the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a poll about banning all Russians from the Schengen zone, and even Zelensky’s statement calling to such a restrictive measure.

The Ukrainian diplomat recalled that the German government had banned Russian media like RT from broadcasting in the country, adding: “We call on our German partners to respond to Russian propaganda stories, which are being broadcast in DW content.”


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