The query “zaluzhnyi died” jumped in search trends on May 10, 2023.
Netizens are checking the information on whether the Ukrainian general, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi died.
Such requests are currently coming from Russia and Ukraine.
The reason is that a number of pro-Kremlin Russian propaganda websites published articles suggesting that Zaluzhnyi had died.
News about Valery Zaluzhnyi is published, in particular, in his telegram channel.
So, the last publication appeared there on May 9, 2023.
The reason for the rumors about the death of Zaluzhnyi was the information that he allegedly refused to participate in a meeting of the NATO military committee due to the difficult situation on the Ukrainian front: as you know, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, his the occupying troops are trying to continue the seizure of Ukrainian territories.
As of May 10, 2023, there are no official statements or news that anything happened to Zaluzhnyi.
On May 20, 2023, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Hanna Malyar, announced in her Telegram channel that the Russians had launched an information wave about the alleged disappearance of the Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhnyi.
At the same time, Malyar denied the information about the death of Zaluzhnyi.
“Glavkom is in place. Does his job. We just talked,” she said.
According to her, the Russians use typical information technology aimed at demoralizing the Ukrainian army.
“It’s duration of action is very short – from several hours to one day. Because the information is easy to check. And its effect is expected in case of the right moment of distribution and mass. At the moment, the moment of spread is clear – the peak of tension in Bakhmut, when even a few demoralized soldiers from our side will ease the situation for them. Actually, because of this, there were a lot of premature reports about the “capture” of Bakhmut,” said Malyar.
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