Ukrainian teacher blinded in rocket attack accused of faking injuries to online pro-Putin trolls

Now a Ukrainian teacher who was blinded in a rocket attack is being berated online by pro-Putin trolls who claim she faked her injuries

  • Photos of Ukrainian teacher Olena Kurylo’s face went around the world
  • But pro-Putin trolls say the photo is “fake” and that Olena is a “liar” and “crisis performer.”
  • Alexander Alimov, Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the United Nations, also discredited Olena

Cruel trolls have targeted a Ukrainian teacher blinded in a rocket attack, falsely claiming she faked her injuries.

Photos of Olena Kurylo’s face were seen around the world after Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine in February.

The Mail on Sunday revealed last week how we helped Olena get specialist treatment in the UK thanks to Mail Force donations.

Ukrainian teacher Olena Kurylo was blinded in a rocket attack, but pro-Putin trolls accused her of being a liar and a

Ukrainian teacher Olena Kurylo was blinded in a rocket attack, but pro-Putin trolls accused her of being a liar and a “crisis performer”.

But the article unleashed an army of internet trolls parroting pro-Putin propaganda and calling Olena a liar.

Olena, angered and angered by the claims, said: “When people say I’m fake or an actress, I just wish they could walk a mile in my shoes.

“I don’t care about the lies, and God forbid they ever have to live through everything that I and many people in Ukraine have experienced.

“I’m a real person and if people don’t believe me, that’s their problem,” she added.

Alexander Alimov, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, tweeted a conspiracy theory about Olena in February.

He wrote: “How to make a fake. Western MSM [mainstream media] have made the rounds of this photo of a ‘wounded’ woman with suspiciously unnatural pomegranate blood makeup and shared a widely circulated image of Olena from the front pages of newspapers.

He continued: “Now it turns out that she is an employee of the notorious Ukrainian 72nd Info Warfare & PsyOps Center. Ukraine [is] produce lies. Do not buy!’

Photos of Olena Kurylo's bandaged face were seen around the world in the early days of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Photos of Olena Kurylo’s bandaged face were seen around the world in the early days of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

He posted a photo allegedly showing Olena unharmed two days after the attack, although the woman bears little resemblance to Olena.

“Twitter and other online platforms need to take action to eliminate the lies,” Olena told The Mail on Sunday.

“People should only know the truth. I accept that there will always be people who don’t believe me, but that can rest on their conscience.’

After being approached by The Mail last night on Sunday, Twitter removed tweets from trolls calling Olena a “crisis actress”.

But Alimov’s original tweet – who has 10,600 followers – stands.

Experts say disinformation is a key element of Putin’s strategy.

“Russian propaganda outlets have claimed that the victims of the war in Ukraine are ‘crisis actors,'” said Nina Jankowicz, a writer specializing in Russian disinformation.

“This lie is then picked up by Western conspiracy theorists who like to amplify Kremlin propaganda,” she said.

In May, the British government uncovered a troll factory in the Kremlin that was using “cybersoldiers” to spread lies on social media and bolster support for Putin.

Olena said of her pro-Putin molesters: “People should only know the truth. I accept that there will always be people who don't believe me, but that can rest on their conscience.

Olena said of her pro-Putin molesters: “People should only know the truth. I accept that there will always be people who don’t believe me, but that can rest on their conscience.

At the time, Secretary of State Liz Truss said, “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online spaces with their lies about Putin’s illegal war.”

Last night, a Twitter spokesman said, “Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and our security and integrity teams identify and stop attempts to amplify false and misleading information.”

According to Twitter, more than 75,000 accounts have been removed for violating tampering and spam policies since the start of the war in Ukraine.

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Andrew Kugle

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