For Russia, there’s a constant need to project an image of its two puppet republics in eastern Ukraine, as forward thinking and efficient. As used by the Kremlin for public consumption in Russia, spin, over the top claims and misleading imagery is often the order of the day. With the advent of social media, this deception has been made a whole lot easier.
Reaching out to a Russian audience, both inside occupied Ukraine and Russia, Inside Donetsk post the “official” news from both Russia’s Donetsk and Luhansk republics. A day rarely goes by when they haven’t used Google to search for imagery which appears to back up their propaganda posts.
June 5th 2019: Inside Donetsk told us about major problems with household waste collection in Donetsk city. They claimed 1,000 waste bins needed replacing and the majority of garbage trucks were inoperable. A later June 13th post indicated nothing had changed and the problem remained unresolved.
I’ve used Google Chrome to translate the two Inside Donetsk posts.
June 26th: The above post announced that far from Donetsk city having a desperate need for large, waste collection bins, they’re overflowing with them. They claimed some 1,125 have been produced since the start of 2019. To back up this sudden abundance of bins, a picture of several large plastic containers was used.
Unfortunately… the picture also featured in a 2018 article on “waste collection containers” in Moscow. Maybe none of the 1,125 large bins in Donetsk were available for a photo shoot? Or maybe they don’t exist? Or maybe Putin hasn’t used Russian tax payers money to buy/send them yet?
The article with the same bins, with the addition of recycling stickers on them.
June 5th post on waste problems in Donetsk.
June 13th post.
July 4th 2019: In occupied Luhansk we’re told “animal husbandry is gradually being restored.” The below post gives us lots of impressive figures on increased numbers of cows & pigs roaming the land, which they boldly claim should lead to the lowering of meat prices.
Wanting to portray both an image of improved animal welfare and large numbers of livestock, the accompanying picture shows us a modern and well maintained cow shed. because of it, you’d be forgiven for thinking life is good for farmers and cows in occupied Ukraine.
Unfortunately… the picture is taken from a 2016 Swedish Construct Yourself article on making modern barns for livestock. Maybe none of the happy pigs and cows in occupied Ukraine were available for a photo shoot? Or maybe “animal husbandry” isn’t being restored?
And the bonus of using unrelated imagery is…
Thousands of people engaging with posted images. The more eye-catching or unusual they are, the more chances of shares, comments, or people being influenced by them. In this case, 4,400 people clicked on the image, and many of them will have been fooled into thinking it’s from Luhansk and not Sweden.
The Swedish article (translated using Google Chrome).