Did hundreds of Ukrainians just come out to protest against US interference at their embassy in Kyiv?
Take a look at the viral photos, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Massive Ukrainian Protest Against US Interference In Kyiv!
People are sharing four photos of Ukrainians protesting against US interference outside their Kyiv embassy, with the message “A Kiev Protest You Won’t See On CNN – A rally in front of the US Embassy”
The photos show them carrying three large banners with the protest messages like :
Truth : It Was A Staged Protest At US Embassy In Kyiv Before Invasion
This is yet another example of pro-Russian fake news that was created to mislead people about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : This Protest Took Place On 9 February 2022
This protest did not just happen recently. It took place in Kyiv on 9 February 2022 – 15 days before Russia invaded Ukraine.
That’s almost a month before people started sharing the photos, which were taken by Christopher Miller, a BuzzFeed News correspondent in Ukraine.
Fact #2 : US Embassy Moved To Lviv, And Then To Poland
This is for the trolls who have the cheek to demand, “How do you know he didn’t lie?”
Simple – I know he didn’t lie because the US moved their embassy from Kyiv to Lviv in western Ukraine on 14 February 2022 – 5 days after that protest.
Then on 24 February 2022, the US Embassy officially suspended its Ukrainian operations, and moved from Lviv to Poland.
Fact #3 : Kyiv Is Under Russian Attack
Kyiv has been under heavy Russian attack since the invasion began. Who in the right mind would be standing outside the US Embassy while the city is under bombardment?
Fact #4 : US Spent Jan-Feb 2022 Warning Of Russian Invasion
The US spent the first two months of 2022 only warning the world of the impending Russian invasion. So the suggestion that they were interfering in Ukraine is ludicrous.
At that time, they still refused to send more weapons to the Ukrainians, for fear of triggering a Russian response.
It was other NATO countries that stepped up to bolster Ukrainian defences with ammunition, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, etc.
Fact #5 : US Embassy Protest Was Staged
Fortunately, Christopher was able to investigate the protest, and discovered that the protest was staged :
Fact #6 : No One Was Arrested Or Beaten
Pro-Russian trolls are using these photos as “evidence” that the Ukrainian people are anti-America and anti-NATO.
What these pictures really show is a fundamental difference between a democratic country like Ukraine, and an autocratic country like Russia – free speech.
These “protestors” were not arrested or beaten. They were allowed to peacefully “protest” in front of the US Embassy.
In contrast, Russia arrested thousands of people for protesting against its invasion of Ukraine, including Yelena Osipova – a 76 year-old survivor of the Siege of Leningrad in World War 2.
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