There has been a rumoured attack in a shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. The Ukrainian official said that it was false and unproven. The claims have been circulating online.
Consequently, stories were spread by Russian Telegram channels and by Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations. They included rumours that the attack was “false” or “staged” – and were repeated on Russian television.
According to a statement from the Russian defence ministry, the shopping centre was “non-functioning” and that the bombing of a nearby ammunition dump sparked a secondary fire at the centre. Those claims were denied by Ukrainian officials.
The BBC has now confirmed that the allegations were falls.
According to the BBC, multiple posts listing details of missing people who were either working at the shopping centre on the day or went shopping there were published on a local Telegram channel in the hours after the attack.
One pro-Kremlin “fact-checking” channel suggested that no photographs from inside the shopping centre had been posted on Instagram since March.