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Pro-Russian accounts spread disinformation on 'child abduction protection tips' in Ukraine

1 October, 2023 Sunday
16:38

Pro-Russian paid accounts on popular social media platforms are disseminating purported "advice" from an organization claiming to be Save the Children in Ukraine on how to protect children from potential abduction for organ harvesting

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The Center for Strategic Communications reported the information.

Propaganda accounts claim that Save the Children in Ukraine has published tips on how to protect a child from being abducted for organ harvesting, as graves of babies without internal organs were allegedly found near Hospital #6 in Kharkiv. They also add manipulative photos that allegedly confirm this.

The international organization Save the Children in Ukraine has denied any involvement in this "advertising campaign" and "advice."

"If you see an advertisement on Facebook allegedly on behalf of our organization that causes you concern, please let us know. We will do our best to block all potentially harmful messages," the organization wrote.

The account that spreads this disinformation has blocked the organization's official page, Save the Children in Ukraine said in a comment to BezBrekhni fact-checkers.

"We cannot even formally complain about it. So we are finding other ways to do it: through partners and colleagues from the global office," the organization said.

The photo that propagandists attach to fake posts was taken in October 2022 in the city of Lyman and shows forensic doctors exhuming the bodies of those killed by Russian aggression during the occupation of the city, after the city was liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The photo has nothing to do with the organization, according to the Center for Strategic Communications.

The Center emphasizes that since the beginning of the full-scale war, Russia has been actively exploiting fake news about organ trafficking.

  • Russian propaganda spreads false information that Ukraine has become the largest supplier of children to illegal human trafficking markets.

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