The query “Igor dancer” jumped in search trends on May 2, 2023.
Netizens are looking for who the Ukrainian General Igor Tantsyura is, and also whether he really died in the Donbass.
Such requests come from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Germany, and France.
The reason for the surge is information from the founder of the Russian private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, that Igor Tantsyura allegedly died on May 2, 2023, in Bakhmut, which the Russian occupation forces are trying to capture.
“Today at 13:25, artillery units of PMC Wagner, when reserves approached from the settlement of Chasov Yar to the settlement of Bakhmut, destroyed an armored car, in which, presumably, there was the commander of the territorial defense forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Igor Ivanovich Tantsyura, who was heading to Bakhmut. At the moment, we are clarifying this information and will bring it later, ”the press service of the Concord company, which belongs to Yevgeny Prigozhin, said in a statement.
As of 16:26, there are no official statements from Ukraine about the alleged death of Igor Tantsyura.
At the same time, the press secretary of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine, Denys Zelinsky, in a commentary to the Ukrainian edition of Suspilna, denied the information about the death of Igor Tantsyura.
“We officially refute this claim. We do not comment on any stuffing of enemy propaganda. Everyone is alive and well,” said Denis Zelinsky, a spokesman for the defense, in a comment ps) to the publication “Suspilne”.
The Ukrayinska Pravda publication, citing sources in military circles, also writes that information about the death of Major General Igor Tantsyura “not true”.
Igor Tantsyure is 56 years old.