National Guard shoots down ‘fake’ Russian report on US troops in Ukraine
The National Guard denied a Russian media report that claimed three American soldiers had been killed in Ukraine. In a statement Thursday, the Guard said not only was the report “false,” but the soldiers named in it weren’t even in Ukraine.
Earlier Thursday, Russian online news site Pravda reported that three members of the Tennessee National Guard were killed in Marinka, Ukraine, calling them “mercenaries.” However, the National Guard denied the allegations in a statement later that day.
“They are verifiable, secure and not, as the article’s title incorrectly states, US mercenaries killed in the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the Tennessee Adjutant General’s office said.
The soldiers identified in the Russian report are either current or former members of the Tennessee National Guard, the statement said. They were allegedly targeted after members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Calvary Regiment participated in a 2018 multinational training mission in Ukraine and the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service published articles about the mission.
More than 200 soldiers assisted the Ukrainian Armed Forces in setting up a combat training center during the 2018 mission. All members of the Tennessee National Guard returned safely in 2019, the statement said.
during aworry about efforts continue to grow. Banned in Russia shut down its independent news outlets and this month passed a new law threatening journalists with lengthy prison terms if they publish about the country’s armed forces.
Nika Aleksejeva, the lead researcher on digital forensics in the Baltics at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, told CBS News on Thursday that the information space is the “battleground” and Russia is trying to take control of it “as much as possible”. ‘ as it serves to ‘demoralize’ Ukrainian soldiers and control the embassy domestically.
“The [Russian] The propaganda machine is working hard to provide justifications for the so-called military operation,” Alekseeva said.