Who Turned a Church into a Warehouse – Ukrainians or Russian Soldiers?

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On September 15th, 2022, Georgian and Russian-speaking Facebook users (1 2, 3, 4, 5) published a video showing a church in which beds, household items, boxes and garbage. The posts claim that “Ukrainian Nazis” turned the church of Izium into a warehouse.

The video of the church is circulating with a false description. In fact, the video was shot after the departure of the Russian soldiers from the church in Izium, and instead of the weapons warehouse set up by the Ukrainians, it depicts a “hospital” set up by the Russian military.

The video, circulated among Facebook users, features “@Pravda_Gerashchenko” – the logo of the Telegram channel of the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, indicating that it was taken from Gerashchenko’s official Telegram channel.

The video of was published on the Telegram channel of Gerashchenko on September 15th, at 19:17, with the following title: “Russians have turned the temple in Izium into a hospital.” According to Gerashchenko, the commanders treated the wounded here, and, as the “Orcs” are used to doing, they turned the church into a barn.

Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine: “No one doubts that the “second army of the world” has come to us to fight the civilian population, schools, hospitals and churches.”

Information about the church was disseminated in the local Ukrainian media as well. According to Kharkivtoday, the Russian army set up a hospital in the Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Malaya Kamishevakha in the Izium region, sheltering wounded warriors.

The armed forces of Ukraine liberated the city of Izium from the Russian military on September 11th. According to Ukrainian media, on September 15th, a mass grave was discovered in a city freed from Russian occupation. According to Ukrainian investigative agencies, more than 400 bodies were buried in the mass grave.

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Topic: Politics
Country: Russia, Ukraine

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