An alleged Euronews’ report detailing how Ukrainians attacked a German man for flying a Slovenian flag is fake, the publication has stated.
Numerous screenshots of the alleged coverage have appeared on social media, with some netizens claiming that Ukrainians attacked the man due to them mistaking the Slovenian flag for the Russian one.
According to Euronews itself, no such report exists, with the screenshots of a video supposedly posted by the news outlet apparently falsified.
🚨 Euronews did not produce or publish a report falsely claiming Ukrainian refugees attacked a man in Germany after mistaking his Slovenian flag for a Russian one. https://t.co/AQaZ6psPSW pic.twitter.com/ooCzmQTUio
— euronews (@euronews) August 29, 2023
“Euronews did not produce nor publish this report,” the media organisation stated. “Euronews‘ graphics and format were used without our consent.
“We will be taking the necessary steps to have it deleted from all platforms and are actively investigating where this fake report has come from,” the statement went on to say.
Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier wrote on Instagram that “Russian lives matter also”, and slammed the decision of his country’s government to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. https://t.co/C83Prka1BU
— Brussels Signal (@brusselssignal) August 25, 2023
It is one of the latest examples of fake news regarding the Ukraine war that has made its way online.
A far more sophisticated example reared its head in July, with a high-quality video mocking German support for Ukraine going viral online.
Said to have been a television advert commissioned by the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, the video depicted German soldiers entering a family’s home and stealing everything the residents owned in order to help fund the Ukrainian military.
The apparent actions of the “soldiers” were compared to that of Nazis, with the woman leading them even repeatedly declaring out loud, “Hail Zelenskyy”.
Speaking to Brussels Signal, the AfD asserted that it had nothing to do with the production, with a spokesman saying the party was the first to bring the video to general attention.
Some have since speculated that the short was produced in Russia, with some netizens claiming that numerous actors who appear in the film seem to be from that country.
Hubert Aiwanger, the Deputy Minister President of the state and leader of the Free Voters party, is accused of writing a pamphlet mocking Auschwitz and the Holocaust as a high-school student in 1988 when he was 17. https://t.co/O3Tz9GGab5
— Brussels Signal (@brusselssignal) August 28, 2023