Russia Uses Corpses in False Flag Attack

Exposing Russia’s false flag attacks in Ukraine & those who promote them.
First a warning: Some of the images in this post are very graphic. But regrettably, the victims seen in this false flag operation need to be shown as evidence. Secondly: we should remember the warning from US Intelligence, that Russia may use corpses in eastern Ukraine for false flag attacks. This done in an effort to blame Ukraine and give Putin his casus belli to (re)invade. Well this post shows that Russia has indeed used corpses and reduced itself to the status of graverobber country.

In an effort to falsely justify its impending invasion of Ukraine, we’ve seen a steady stream of instantly disprovable false claims of Ukraine having planted bombs, sent sabotage units into eastern Ukraine, shelled civilians and even attacked a Russian border post.

The False Flag.
Seen below, on Feb 22nd, the Russia-led Donetsk people’s republic reported 3 people killed in two explosions. This on the main road from the occupied city of Donetsk, to the occupied town of Horlivka. They claim (Ukrainian) “demolitionists” tried to blow up a military commander, but missed him and instead blew up a civilian car.

Screen grab from the Russia-led Donetsk republic website.

The below images are screen shots taken from two videos filmed from Russian occupied Ukraine. The videos can be watched at the end of this post.

1: The old car which they claim was destroyed in the explosions has no number plates. This indicates it’s likely to have been sourced from a junk yard. Another good indication the car was planted here and deliberately set on fire, is the total absence of any glass on the ground or inside it – this despite all its windows being missing, apart from the rear one.

The rear of the car showing the missing number plate. This is Patrick Lancaster – more on him later.

2: The car has what are obviously round bullets holes in the front section of the car. Clearly in an effort to replicate shrapnel, someone’s probably used a machine gun to fire a burst of bullets into it.

Bullet holes in the car.
Close-up of the bullet holes from an image posted by Patrick Lancaster. Again note the absence of shattered glass on the ground.

3: Inside the car, images posted by Patrick Lancaster show perhaps two badly burnt corpses. Seen below, the most notable body part is a skull – which has what looks to be a bullet hole through it. However, what’s more noticeable is the skull has earlier been cleanly sawn in half – most likely during an autopsy/medical procedure – which maybe related to the hole in the skull.

This is an significant indicator the bodies may have been removed from a morgue, or perhaps dug up from recent graves – then dumped in the car. If the hole was indeed caused by a bullet, then this body maybe that of a Russia-led soldier. One can only feel immense compassion towards the families related to the deceased. For their bodies to have been used in such a callous way for a propaganda stunt, must be heart wrenching.

Close-up of the skull. Also note the interior of the car – its dilapidated state and absence of glass in the window frame or interior.
Image showing the rear of the car and the badly chard remains of a what looks to be a body. Note there are no obvious signs of burning in the rear of the car, so why is this body burnt? Again note the poor interior state of car & absence of glass.

Subsequently, Victor Weedn, a renowned career forensic pathologist with experience examining victims of IED blasts and former chief of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory: said: the skull shows a distinct cut, as if made by a bone saw. “It’s a typical cut made to remove the skullcap as performed during an autopsy.” Weedn also said after examining the images. He also noted that a small hole in the skull suggested a bullet’s exit wound, rather than a typical wound from IED shrapnel. Link to Grid website for more info.

A Bellingcat investigation confirms that prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine “separatists” used corpses (as seen in this post) to fake an IED attack – this being used as evidence of Ukrainian brutality by the Russian media. Link to Bellingcat report. Report kindly mentions myself as having first noticed signs that the corpses were autopsied.

4: In one of the videos, we also see an old green van. Like the car, it too doesn’t have any number plates. Seen in the video, there doesn’t appear to be any obvious damage, apart from a broken open side window and a few white scuff marks – and again there doesn’t look to be any glass on the ground. One wonders why the van driver chose to stop the very second after the (nonexistent) bomb went off, rather than drive on? Again this looks to be a previously scrapped vehicle.

5: The graphic photos were posted by Patrick Lancaster on Twitter – and we see him in one of the videos. From the US, he’s been illegally living in Russian occupied eastern Ukraine since 2014. He’s an unconvincing, unprincipled liar, whose paid by Russia to push its disinformation. As seen here, he’s been actively promoting the worst of Russia’s false flag attacks and routinely promotes the lie that Ukrainian forces deliberately target civilians.

His Feb 22nd tweet. Note he writes his “report and investigation soon.” Well, as you’ll see in the video, he doesn’t investigate anything.

First video showing the two vehicles. The person seen in the video, is in no way a genuine “press journalist,” because like Lancaster seen below, he doesn’t highlight any of the blindingly obvious false flag indicators I’ve highlighted.
Second video featuring Patrick Lancaster. Amusing to note, he even says the car has bullet holes in it, but dismisses them as made by the bomb. We also see the sawn skull in this video. Any genuine, independent journalist would have questioned all the points I’ve raised in this post. But genuine, honest and independent journalists are banned from occupied Ukraine.

And lastly, another of Russia’s western propagandists.
Feb 22nd: Like Lancaster, Dean O’Brien promoted this false flag attack, “yet another terrorist attack by the armed forces of Ukraine” adding for good measure “People in the West need to understand this is why Russian peacekeepers are needed here.” Previously, O’Brien has illegally entered occupied eastern Ukraine and has plans to do so again later this year – this would be a criminal offence under Ukrainian law. As with Lancaster, he too trumpets disinformation about Ukrainian army deliberately targeting civilians & throws out repugnant false claims that Ukraine’s a NAZI supporting country. An indication he’s merely a useful idiot, is the fact he’s tweeted the same video which this post has revealed as an obvious false flag attack. Maybe O’Brien or Lancaster know the identity of the victims? Maybe they would like to apologies to the victims families for using their deceased loves ones as Russian propaganda clickbait?

How Russia Fakes Civilian Casualties in Eastern Ukraine

In eastern Ukraine, Russia’s main propaganda efforts focuses on claims the Ukrainian army deliberately targets civilians. That the Ukrainian army is a bunch of bloodthirsty Nazi’s. But in reality, it’s Russia whose unashamedly emulating Goebbels, Hitler’s chief Nazi propagandist.

Soldiers for citizens.
In what most consider to be Russian occupied eastern Ukraine, the only independent reporting body is the OSCE. Under difficult circumstances, they do their best to verify civilian casualties, and follow up reports of any new ones. However, their work is routinely obstructed by hospital medical staff refusing to pass on information about supposed injured patients or ‘Russia-led’ forces stopping the OSCE from visiting sites of alleged shelling. The upshot of this is – the numbers of wounded civilian casualties reported by the Russia-led Donetsk & Luhansk republics, are routinely higher than those verified by the OSCE.

It should be noted, many civilian casualties in ‘occupied Ukraine’ occur due to the triggering of Russia’s forces mines, or the handling of ammunition & unexploded ordnance which exploded. These casualties are then often falsely claimed to be the result of Ukrainian firing. But yes, sadly civilians on both sides of the line are killed and wounded due to Russia’s senseless war, which has lasted longer than World War Two.

Image of Russia-led soldier Oleksandr Sleptsov, pretending to be a civilian.

Which brings me onto this classic casualty scam, perpetrated by Russian state media.
In February 2021, Russian propaganda claimed a civilian Oleksandr Sleptsov had been hit by a Ukrainian sniper bullet and sustained an abdominal injury. This in the village of Oleksandrivske, on the edge of Donetsk city. The only problem was, Oleksandr is a soldier, one who like many others posted pictures of himself in uniform, while serving in so-called Donetsk people’s republic. The claim Ukrainian snipers attempt to kill civilians is a staple disinformation diet circulated by Russia’s propaganda machine.

Bringing us up-to-date.
With the recent upsurge of mortar and artillery shelling by Russia’s forces, the Kremlin’s state media was keen to reuse Oleksandr. Posing as a civilian for a fake news October propaganda piece, he claimed his home had been shelled and he’d sustained injuries to his chest and fingers. The true nature of his injuries will likely be due to either fighting on the frontline or mishandling of explosive ammunition.

Link to Ukrainian Military website for more info on this story. They highlight how images showing Oleksandr in military uniform were deleted from his social media account. But all to no avail, as the Ukrainian website Myrotvorets has plenty of imagery and info indicating he’s a soldier.

Myrotvorets website

Watch the below Ukrainian military video detailing the Russian state media scam.

Video from Ukrainian military exposing this scam.




Russia’s Cannon Fodder? 2,000 Abandoned Graves In Eastern Ukraine

Abandoned After Burial.
This is a story about two thousand individuals buried during a war. Two thousand people killed in Europe’s on-going war in eastern Ukraine. Nothing new in that you might say.

But there’s a problem with these burials. They are not the graves of civilians. Credible evidence indicates they are the abandoned and overgrown graves of ‘Russia-led’ soldiers. And it appears the ‘Russia-led’ so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic,’ is trying very hard to hide all two thousand of them.

For a visual appreciation of the graves and background info, it’s advisable to watch my video > YouTube link. Includes numerous photos/satellite images and confirmation they are from a cemetery in Makiivka. Also details how the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ avoids mentioning them. All support for this video and my YouTube channel is gratefully received. Subs, likes and comments always appreciated.

My YouTube video on the two thousand graves. Sorry for the typo at 5.00. Should read losses, not loses.
Worth watching to get a visual appreciation of the magnitude of the burials & efforts to hide their existence. Images of graves used in the video are copyrighted protected. Please see link below & in video description for more info.

Over the last few years, I’ve regularly reported on these suspicious looking graves. Using Google Earth, the on-going burials of large numbers of people, in what are effectively unmarked graves didn’t make sense. Located in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast (province) on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk, they lie in a secluded cemetery in the town of Makiivka. During the time of all the suspicious burials, the cemetery has been within the territorial control of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’. Coordinates 47°59’52.41″N 38° 0’2.89″E

Cemetery location.
Looking West towards the city of Donetsk, this satellite image gives you a sense of just how secluded the cemetery is.

Background.
All the credible evidence points to Russia fully funding and controlling both the so-called ‘Donetsk & Luhansk people’s republics.’ They’ve never presented any credible explanation of how they pay the monthly wages for the reported 35,000 troops within their small territories. How after 7 years, they never run out of ammo, or acquired the epic quantifies of military hardware which dwarf most western countries armies.

Both these ‘Republics’ occasionally report military losses, but the number of fatalities mentioned are always low. With daily firing along the frontline, this minimal fatality rate just isn’t credible. It seems for propaganda purposes, they’re deliberately downplaying their losses. Reporting on the deaths of soldiers every week is not ideal if you’re always wanting fresh recruits, or to put it bluntly – more cannon fodder. Reports of ‘Russia-led’ soldiers poor morale and lack of discipline/training, must contribute towards routine military losses. That and the accuracy of Ukrainian army return fire.

My assessment.
To me, the graves belong to Russian mercenaries and probably regular Russian soldiers. With virtually no headstones etc., the attempts to hide their existence and the fact only basic info is recorded on grave markers, suggests they don’t belong to Ukrainians. It suggests Russia’s Donetsk & Luhansk republics don’t want thousands of Russian burials filling up their official military cemeteries – thereby ruining the Kremlin’s propaganda narrative, that it’s Ukrainian ‘separatist tractor drivers & miners’ doing all the fighting. Casualties from Russia’s widely reported 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine and subsequent heavy fighting in 2015/16, means it’s possible the cemetery also holds some regular Russian soldiers.

From on-going OSCE reports we know ‘Cargo 200’ vehicles routinely carry what are assumed to be dead Russian soldiers out of Ukraine. Also the deaths of people fighting in ‘occupied Ukraine’ are routinely posted on social media. This knowledge adds to the evidence seen at the Makiivka cemetery, that a good many ‘soldiers’ are routinely killed in the ‘Russia-led’ Republics. Another major factor, is the Kremlin’s likely reluctance to have a steady flow of soldiers graves littering cemeteries across Russia. This may risk unwelcome media attention and perhaps even public anger. So it’s preferable to bury Russians in Ukraine.

My renewed interest in the cemetery was due to the discovery of 2016 photos showing the graves within it. As seen below, the accompanying photo descriptions make it clear they belonged to ‘Russia-led’ soldiers from the ‘Donetsk People’ republic’. Note: The images are available to view on Alamy. These are copyrighted images and like myself, you’ll need to purchase the licence to use/publish them. Link to view them on Alamy website.

Dec 2016: Men carrying coffin of a ‘Donetsk People’s Republic soldier’.

Main points to consider about these Makiivka graves.
Note: To show the approx. 2,000 graves, I’ve used the latest freely available Google Earth image from Aug 2020. With the date from over a year ago, there may have been several hundred additional burials since then.

A: If they hold the remains of 2,000 Ukrainian ‘Separatist’ fighters, why after 7 years does virtually every grave remain without a headstone or decorative features? If Ukrainian, the deceased soldiers families would have attended the cemetery and enhanced their loved ones graves. Seen in the photos, many grave markers don’t even show when people died. All we see are surnames, initials, and row location/position of those buried, this suggesting a list is being kept of those buried. A list that would make for revealing reading.

B: Why does the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic report another cemetery as their ‘official’ military cemetery? Why haven’t they mentioned this one at Makiivka? (See more details of this in the video).

C: Why does the evidence point to coffins being disposed of without ceremony or anyone attending the funerals? This is another factor indicating the graves may hold Russian mercenaries and regular Russian soldiers.

At Makiivka, there appears to be an uncaring conveyor belt of burials. with cheap wooden coffins dumped in trenches & scraps of wood used as grave markers.

Copyrighted Image – please use < link to purchase image licence use. Seen here, a van bring fresh coffins and a mechanical digger digs another trench for them. On Google Earth, as seen here, vans can be routinely seen next to freshly dug graves.

D: When there are much larger and more accessible cemeteries in Donetsk city, why have 2,000 people been buried in this small, remote cemetery? Why have they been buried outside the formal cemetery?

E: Why do the bulk of graves only have scraps of wood marking their graves – with most only having surnames, initials and their row/position within the cemetery marked on them? (See copyrighted header image).

F: Why on many grave markers, is the date a person died not recorded?

May 2014, the cemetery showed no signs of suspicious burials. Seen here, it held several hundred local graves within a formal paved area.
July 2014: The first of the 2,000 graves appeared, in what I have labelled section A.
By Oct 2016, there are now 3 sections, containing around 900 graves.
Aug 2020: Combined in all three sections, there are now around 2.000 graves here. Apart from 1 or 2, none show signs of having headstones or decorative features associated with normal burials.
Close-up of section B. It holds around 1,700 graves. There are approx. 40 rows containing 40 odd graves. Red oblong shows freshly dug graves.
Aug 2020: With section B approaching the track, vehicle tracks and new graves indicate section A is now being extended.
Image from May 2019 shows all three sections heavily overgrown.