Ukraine: How a fake Russian TV report covered a protest in Kherson

A report broadcast by the Russian TV channel Vesti 92 on March 7 showed the distribution of food to the residents of Kherson town in southern Ukraine occupied by the Russian army.

But according to the townspeople, the footage from March 4 was actually filmed and concealed an important detail: residents protesting against the Russian occupation in front of distribution trucks, as revealed by three amateur videos from the same scene.

If you only have a minute On March 7, Vesti 92, the Sevastopol branch of the VGTRK TV channel, published a report on the distribution of food in southern Ukraine. According to the article accompanying the video, “Crimean soldiers delivered more than 140 tons of basic aid to the Kherson region.

” But the stills and audio in this video, which was filmed on March 4, have been carefully selected and manipulated to conceal what really happened at this food distribution site.

Three videos taken by local residents at the same time showed that Kherson residents gathered within meters of the distribution site to protest the occupation of their city by the Russian army. Check in detail “In the shops there is nothing but sweets. To buy two pieces of cheese and I paid an unimaginable price!”

On March 4, 2022, a team from the Russian state television station Vesti 92 visited the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine which has been occupied by the Russian army since March 2. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and food distribution at Freedom Square in Kherson. The townspeople explain to the camera that they are facing food shortages.

Fake report A few things about this report caught our attention. The first is that despite the Russian army’s occupation of Kherson, the video does not show armed soldiers. Then we listened closely to the sound.

There is one vote in the report that is repeated three times. So we studied the sound waves in the video and found that it includes a snippet that was edited three times in a row. Watch the video below to see what we mean.

Suppression of the opposition of the population: why did the regional branch of Vesti in Sevastopol play with the voice? We found the potential answer on social media, using three amateur videos posted on March 4. In these videos we got acquainted with Freedom Square in Kherson, as well as many people interviewed for the Vesti 92 report, and even a man with a camera. as a reporter. So they were shot during the same distribution on March 4.

Comparison of amateur photos and images from the Vesti 92 report taken in Kherson, Ukraine, on March 4, 2022. © Observers But unlike the report, these videos provide a wide shot of the scene. We saw Russian soldiers, and most importantly, the residents of Kherson, who were turned away from distribution by the soldiers. In one of these videos, the Russian crowd man asks: “Guys, who accepts food from the occupier?” The crowd responds with boos.

We were able to talk to Vera (not her real name), a Kherson resident, who told us what really happened:

Russian trucks arrived from Crimea carrying humanitarian aid and a Russian television crew. They filmed a report in the town’s main square. A man tried to ask for humanitarian assistance, but we realized it was orchestrated. Perhaps the Russians thought that people would go out in droves and question the food. Fortunately that did not happen.

In this post we see some of the protesters. © Observers Vera account is confirmed by the 3 amateur videos we watched. The modified version of Vesti 92 removed all audio and visual traces of the protest organized by Kherson residents to denounce the occupation of their city.

The mayor of Kherson, in a message posted on his Facebook account on March 4, accused the Russian military of preventing Ukrainian humanitarian aid convoys from entering the city. On March 7, another demonstration targeted Freedom Square itself.

Kherson residents raise Ukrainian flags in front of Russian soldiers and shout: “Kherson is Ukraine!”

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