🇺🇦Paula Chertok🗽 Profile picture
Linguist, lawyer, writer, refugee, immigrant • Analyzing propaganda, media, Russia, Ukraine • @Euromaidanpress @StopFakingNews • Democracy•Inclusion•Innovation
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Apr 21 6 tweets 3 min read
😳“the first leak came less than 48 hours into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine… Some of the intelligence posted appeared to foretell battlefield development.”

Airman Teixeira Shared Sensitive Intelligence More Widely and for Longer Than Previously Known nytimes.com/2023/04/21/us/… “Airman Teixeira also claimed that he was actively combing classified computer networks for material on the Ukraine war.…

At one point he offered to share information privately with members of the group living outside the United States. ‘DM me and I can tell you what I have’”😨 Image
Apr 14 5 tweets 3 min read
#Russia’s clandestine spetsnaz forces have been gutted by the war in #Ukraine, will take Moscow years to rebuild them, according to classified U.S. assessments among the documents leaked on Discord washingtonpost.com/national-secur… #Russia’s senior commanders were eager to seize momentum (expecting to assassinate Zelensky & a 3-day 🇺🇦war), so deployed spetsnaz commandos alongside infantry, resulting in massive dead/wounded—90+% attrition rate. One unit has only 125 personnel active left—out of 900 deployed. ImageImage
Feb 26 5 tweets 3 min read
"Putin's stolen an enormous amt of money from the Russian ppl. He's worried abt people turning on him. So he started a war to stay in power. Ukraine is definitely not his last stop"

Putin's a thief protecting his thiefdom. Aggression keeps him in power. That's why it won't stop. Why is Russia so obsessed w/ #Bakhmut? Its salt deposits are huge & pure.

Donbas? The world's largest reserves of titanium, iron ore, lithium, massive coal deposits—worth TRILLION$.

Russia's thieving kleptocrats commit genocide to steal Ukraine's territory & natural resources.
Feb 26 4 tweets 3 min read
"The Ukrainians have given us a chance to turn this century around, a chance for freedom & security that we could not have achieved by our own efforts… All we have to do is help them win."

15 Reasons the World NEEDS Victory in Ukraine, by @TimothyDSnyder
snyder.substack.com/p/why-the-worl… @TimothyDSnyder "defeating an ongoing genocidal project—would be more than enough reason to want Ukrainian victory. But every single one of other 14 is hugely significant. Each presents the kind of opportunity…generations of policy planners…almost never get…we have not yet…seized the moment"
Feb 21 4 tweets 3 min read
HRW investigated one of Russia's worst war crimes in a year of war crimes, at the #Kramatorsk🇺🇦 train station, a known evacuation hub. 500+ people waiting with families, pets & belongings to flee Donbas were hit by a missile packed w/ 50 small bombs. 58 killed, many more wounded. 10,000s of civilians were evacuated via the #Kramatorsk🇺🇦 train station in the days prior to Russia's April 8 deadly missile attack. People across Donbas came by buses organized for evacuees & by private car to board trains at Kramatorsk hub to relative safety in western Ukraine.
Feb 17 4 tweets 3 min read
Foxnews is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party—w/o which it might be a normal democratic party accountable to the public. But Fox cynically chose to prop up GOP toxic lies & frauds, more worried about “brand damage” than the brain damage they cause the country & democracy. KEY Point: Fox figures who gave the most intense embrace to Trump allies peddling lies KNEW they were peddling lies.

More than unethical & hypocritical, Fox was key to mainstreaming the lies that caused the damage. W/o Fox, coup & insurrection would be fringe ideas not reality.
Feb 14 10 tweets 15 min read
🚨"Putin seeks to rob Ukraine of its future by taking its children."—US details #Russia's forced relocation, adoption & reeducation of 1000s Ukrainian children via network of 43 camps. Many evacuated under guise of free summer camp, then cut off all contact w/ family in #Ukraine. @nedprice @StateDept New report from Yale human rights team documents the forced transport of 6000 Ukrainian children to #Russia. Researchers believe thousands more children have been removed from #Ukraine, adopted, re-educated/russified—a possible #warcrime
@NPR @deborahamos
npr.org/2023/02/14/115…
Jan 26 11 tweets 5 min read
‼️Now THIS warrants a special counsel, AG Garland >> Trump was under **criminal investigation** while running for re-election in 2020 and Barr & Durham kept it secret nytimes.com/2023/01/26/us/… Truly staggering abuse of power (& hypocrisy!) by AG Barr & Durham. Not only did they shield criminal Trump, but the witchhunts against Dems! Durham was so duped by Russian disinformation on Dems that he bypassed a judge's order that it wasn't credible & demanded private emails.
Jan 23 4 tweets 2 min read
💥A Russian asset INSIDE the FBI NY Field Office, the office also suspected of helping Russia pull off its attack on the 2016 election. 😨"officials who know and have worked with McGonigal said they were shocked by the indictments. As a senior FBI counterintelligence official, McGonigal had access to an extraordinary amount of sensitive information…One former official said that McGonigal had worked with the CIA" Image
Dec 22, 2022 11 tweets 5 min read
Day 300 of Russia's 3-day war: A full house for Ukraine's Zelensky, about to deliver a historic speech to Congress.

Eat your heart out Putin! The mafia state war criminal terrorist kleptocrat will never set foot in the US, let alone be invited into the citadel of democracy. Roars from Congress for President Zelensky! Long applause, hooting and hollering, and standing ovation.

#StandWithUkraine🇺🇦
Dec 14, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Spies, microchips, and night lights: The story of an alleged Russian smuggling ring in a N.H. town. bostonglobe.com/2022/12/13/met… via @BostonGlobe A plot right out of “The Americans”

New Hampshire couple living a quiet New England life—going to Celtics games, vacationing in Florida, selling nightlights on Etsy… And smuggling semiconductors & ammunition for Russia’s war machine.
Dec 11, 2022 6 tweets 8 min read
🇺🇦@lukeharding1968 to @FareedZakaria on the war:

"Ukrainians (fighting for their country & democracy) keep on surprising us… We've come such a long way in 10 months… #Ukraine has evicted #Russia from 1/2 the territory it seized… They're determined to liberate everything." @lukeharding1968 @FareedZakaria Good @CNN segment on Russia-Ukraine war. Frustrating though that Luke had to correct Zakaria, who repeated 🇷🇺 propaganda on both Donbas & language issues.

Ukraine is bilingual. Russian is NOT banned. Ukrainian is the official language.
@PolitiFact debunk: politifact.com/factchecks/202…
Dec 6, 2022 10 tweets 7 min read
'We've been left to die'

Horror stories from #Mariupol🇺🇦. People live w/o power, heat, water, internet. W/o windows, doors, roofs—in winter!

#Russia isn't fixing its destruction, but is bombarding the traumatized w/ 🇷🇺propaganda from cars in the streets. meduza.io/en/feature/202… At least 25,000 killed in #Russia's siege of #Mariupol🇺🇦. Many are still buried in collapsed buildings. 90% of the apartments & 60% private homes are damaged or destroyed. Nonetheless ~100,000 people still live in the occupied city, trying to survive under unspeakable conditions.
Nov 24, 2022 8 tweets 10 min read
🧵Fmr Ambassador to 🇺🇦@JohnEdHerbst to CNN: The #US needs to state clearly that Putin's war in #Ukraine is a direct challenge to our core interests; both US security & prosperity are at stake.

#Russia's war in #Ukraine is only a prelude to further moves into @NATO countries. 1/8 @JohnEdHerbst @NATO If Putin succeeds in #Ukraine, and moves on #Estonia or #Latvia, we'd be obliged to send American soldiers to fight and die to help our @NATO allies stop #Russia. So the cost to US in lives and money would be far greater than even the substantial aid we're sending to Ukraine. 2/8
Nov 15, 2022 9 tweets 6 min read
Accounts of Torture Emerge From Kherson, Ukraine’s ‘City of Fear’ - The New York Times nytimes.com/2022/11/14/wor… “Russians kidnapped more than 600 people and many are still missing. Residents also reported disappearances and killings, consistent with war crime allegations documented in Bucha, Izium and other Ukrainian cities”
#Kherson🇺🇦 #RussianWarCrimes
Nov 11, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
"It's not about principle…not a matter of the truth. It's a matter of who's the winner & who's the loser…Republicans are tired of losing."—Chris Wallace, on the GOP seemingly moving from Trump post midterm election.

So we're just normalizing an unprincipled party of liars now? Image WTF @CNN just promoted Chris Wallace's show & his right-wing framing, incredulous that @AOC wants no course correction post midterms( that Dems won!)—"not cutting back on social programs" but "socialist full speed ahead to rejigger our American economy & our American marketplace" Image
Nov 3, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
💥"Russia’s meddling in Trump-era politics was more directly connected to the current war than previously understood"

Turns out, the Trump camp was doing Putin's bidding to dismember Ukraine

The Untold Story of ‘Russiagate’ & the Road to War in Ukraine nytimes.com/2022/11/02/mag… Manafort was so neck-deep in Russian oligarchs, it’s like they were sitting in his throat when he fumbled this denial to @NorahODonnell. He actually said “We have no relationship” on July 27—the day before Manafort met w/ Russian agent Kilimnik to trade Ukraine for election help.
Nov 2, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Why not call it information warfare? The same constellation of demonization, conspiracy theories & lies about Clinton now aim at Pelosi, Dems for the midterms.

Republicans are attacking the election w/ propaganda warfare. Take a look @ Fox. It's a relentless barrage of info war. One way to combat disinformation is to expose it. Which begins by naming it.

"Election denier" is accurate but it doesn't paint the full picture. Republicans are using information warfare on Americans as election strategy. That it's radicalizing & inciting violence confirms it.
Oct 30, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
Imagine if our news media had the dedication to democracy to at least label this Republican Party as fascist, authoritarian, or far-right. They’re not hesitant when talking about other countries. But can’t do it to save their own. Whitewashing fascism is how it comes to power. Appalling. @CBSNews won't even say "baseless" GOP suspicion of voting.

The reason we have a First Amendment is so media can tell us the truth. Election decisions depend on us hearing the truth. The truth is the GOP is a fascist party poisoning the public with propaganda & lies.
Oct 22, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
If only Democrats had Zelensky's messaging skills. As #Russia assaults #Ukraine's power grid, his speech tonight draws the perfect contrast: Even partly in the dark, Ukraine is a civilized state, unlike Russia acting like wild savages committing terrorist acts against Ukrainians. Zelensky announced that Ukraine is preparing to sanction Russian propagandists who further Russia's terrorism against Ukrainians. "Emotional information terror" is a key component of Russia's war, he says. The list is the work of @mcFaul and @sanctionsgroup, whom Zelensky cites.
Oct 21, 2022 10 tweets 10 min read
“Republicans have the momentum” means fascists have the momentum. If we were honest and understood the gravity of the moment for our democracy, we’d say that. We’d tell voters that.

It’s like our media is on terminal Autocorrect, just won’t face and say what the GOP has become. We need to speak clearly, like Fanone here. Bannon declared war on the US for a fascist Republican party. He and Trump unleashed a violent paramilitary coup on #Jan6 b/c the fascists failed at the ballot box. NOT making that link clear, we normalize them b4 another election!😣