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Russian Defense Ministry TV Journalists Apologize For Lying About White Phosphorus
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How Were Two Russian Journalists Killed On June 16th

Below is an excerpt from our Russia liveblog. Read the rest here:

Radio Svoboda and UNIAN reported today that Russian journalists from the Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda sent a letter of apology to Ukraine’s Channel 5, saying they had lied on Russian TV when they claimed in a 12 June program that the Ukrainian army had bombed the village of Semyonovka near Slavyansk with “white phosphorus” bombs. Their program first led to all of Russia state media making the claim that the same type of bomb used by the US in Iraq was used, and angry demands by the Russian Foreign Ministry for an investigation.

The false report was promoted by Kremlin propaganda arm
then all the predictable pro-Kremlin echo chambers and discussed avidly on forums.

But ultimately, after discussion on forums, the propaganda gambit led to exposure and ridicule because it was determined that Russian state TV had used footage from the Iraq war in 2004, claiming it was in Slavyansk.