Photofake: Defense Ministry ‘Secret Document’ Reveals Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Real Losses

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry denies Russian media claims of a ‘secret document’. The fact that the “document” is a forgery is confirmed by a number of gross errors both in the text and in the design of the document.

The Russian segment of social networks and pro-Kremlin media are actively spreading a “scan of a secret document” from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. The presented “secret document” allegedly informs about the “real” Ukrainian military losses as a result of a large-scale Russian invasion.

From the published document with the signature of Valerii Zaluzhnyi, it is clear that more than 76,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action, more than 42,000 soldiers are out of action due to injuries.“, pro-Kremlin media quote the “secret document“.

Anxious to “prove” the false data on the 76,000 dead Ukrainian defenders, the Russian media cite a scanned copy of an “official letter” from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. However, this “document” is a forgery, aimed at undermining morale and discrediting the military and political leadership of the country. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry denied pro-Kremlin media statements and called the “document” “Russian disinformation.”

The fake was created by completely misinformed people who have never seen what our department’s documents really look like. The fake was very poorly made. There’s not even anything to explainsaid Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar.

The fact that the “document” was falsified is confirmed by a number of errors both in the text and in the design of the “secret document”. In particular, the “document” is on the letterhead of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the head of which is Oleksii Reznikov. At the same time, the “document” is signed by General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi – the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Another error in the “document” is the neglect of the official names of Ukrainian military units, in a real document the official name – Armed Forces of Ukraine would be used.

It is also obvious that the text of the “document” was compiled by someone who does not know the Ukrainian language, used an automatic translator and has no idea of ​​the military-political structure of the country. A number of simple grammatical and punctuation errors in the “secret document” indicate the poor quality of the fake. A real official document would not contain such gross errors.

Earlier, on August 22, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in battles. In mid-July, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian military casualties had declined from the peak of combat operations in May–June. According to Zelenskyy, about 30 Ukrainian servicemen are killed every day on the front line, some 250 others are injured.