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Spunky Kiev Journalism Students Expose Bogus Kremlin Reports

StopFake, established by Kiev journalism students, analyzes media coverage in both Russia and Ukraine, fact-checking reports -- and separating fact from prolific fiction.

StopFake's Margo Gontar (above) and Alina Sugonyako
StopFake's Margo Gontar (above) and Alina Sugonyako
Inga Pylypchuk

KIEV — Journalism students in Kiev are operating an Internet platform called StopFake, which has emerged as arguably the most powerful tool in the media war between Russia and Ukraine, because it is fact-checking assertions by the Kremlin and exposing them when they are patently untrue.

How do you distinguish a real piece of news from a concocted one? The Ukrainian initiative has been analyzing news coverage of the war in Ukraine for more than a year now, and with just one click readers can discover whether a photo that supposedly depicts atrocities committed by the Ukrainian Army in Donbass is fake or real.

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