Ukrainian Propaganda “Taught” the Media How to Cover the Death of Motorola

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Ministry of information policy of Ukraine, through the national council on broadcasting of Ukraine, sent a “recommendation” for coverage of the terrorist attack and murder of DPR Colonel Arseny Pavlov (call sign “Motorola”).

The head of News Front news agency Konstantin Knyrik on Facebook reported this with reference to sources in management of Ukrainian channels, having attached the relevant document.

“And it began on 19th October, but the Minister of Information Policy did not consider that even decent people work at Ukrainian channels. My friends from a small Ukrainian television channel sent me this document today, and I think it is extremely important to publish and highlight some of the key points:

  • The Ministry is extremely interested as soon as possible to remove from the information space the fact of any remaining mentions of the “elimination”;
  • The Ministry is recommended to highlight everything from the perspective of “internal squabbles in the DPR”;

  • Minister of Information Policy believes that it is categorically unacceptable to cover the positions of the SBU or other state bodies involved in this murder, because it may “negatively affect public opinion about Ukraine.” I.e. not because Ukraine has nothing to do with it, but because it “may adversely influence”,” he writes.


Knyrik noted that “it is precisely in this vein all the coverage of the murder of Motorola is conducted in the information space of Ukraine, the only thing that mixed the cards up was the initiative of the nationalists, who began to competitively take responsibility for the terrorist attack, as it is said in this letter”.

“Generally, the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine surprises in an extreme way. In fact, by such “recommendations” in the information field they are trying to hide the traces of the crime committed by the power structures of Ukraine,” added Knyrik.

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